This week’s lesson on presentations was very timely for me as I prepare my Brain Rules (Medina, 2008) presentation for next week. I have decided to use Prezi for that presentation and so far I am finding it very intuitive. The Brain Rule I am presenting on is Vision. Medina says, “Vision trumps all other senses…We learn and remember best through pictures, not through written or spoken words.” (Medina, 2008 ) I think this ties in perfectly with our EDTC work this week on presentations. Technology presentations are visual. They help students to stay engaged and promote more retention of the material due to being visually based.
I am excited to use more visual presentations with my students in the classroom. They are just starting a cultural research project and cultural doll (art) presentation which is primarily a home project, but I am going to have them integrate a technology research portion and presentation as well. Using the GRASP approach would really work with my 3rd graders.
Goal: Teach someone else about the country/culture you chose to study.
Role: You are a researcher who will educate your audience about your country/culture
Audience: Your fellow researchers who don’t know about your culture.
Scenario: When our presentations are ready all the researchers will gather at a research summit and have the opportunity to share their presentations and teach others about what they learned.
Product: You will use either Prezi or Power Point to present the 3 main ideas you learned, display your flag, and reflect on your favorite thing about your country/culture.
Standard: Enough text to explain, but not full paragraphs, good use of color and images, appropriate use of entrances/exits, sounds, etc. (Power Point). At least the image of your flag uploaded. Optional: a hyperlink to a webpage giving more information about your country/culture. Correct grammar and spelling. (NETs 1,3,4)
My students would also love Glogster. I can definitely see its use in the classroom, even repeating the activity we did in class to teach someone how to do something. This would be highly engaging to students and give them hands on experience with multiple technology pieces. Perhaps in the spring I will utilize that in my classroom when they have had more time to practice with different technology tools.
Medina, John. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Seattle, WA: Pear, 2008. Print.