Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom: Innovative Presentation Techniques

September 6, 2011

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Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom: Innovative Presentation Techniques
This 50-minute seminar is intended to enhance your ability to integrate contemporary presentation techniques into your classroom. Participants will gain insight into effective techniques for planning and delivering presentations to students. In addition, participants will be given an introduction to using Prezi – one example of cloud-based presentation software – in the classroom.

Presented by CET Teaching Assistant Fellows Bryce Lowery, Urban Planning PhD Candidate, SPPD & David Li, Linguistics PhD Candidate, Dornsife College
September 6, 2011 Leavy Library Auditorium 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Overview filmed & created by Michael P. Allison, Center for Excellence in Teaching

1. Follow the three laws of communication:
  • Adapt to your audience
    • Because only you can determine the success of your communication (not your students)
  • Maximize the signal-to-noise ratio
    • The signal is your message; noise (like crowded slides) is anything that distracts your audience
  • Use effective redundancy
    • Repeat your message often in a complementary manner (through text, structure, etc)

2. Plan your presentation to be well-structured and make your logic apparent
  • Be selective and plan with your audience in mind
  • Capture your students’ attention and expand it by motivating them
  • Offer previews and transitions to make the logic of your presentation apparent

3. Design your slides to be noise free
  • Don’t fill your slides with text for yourself (as a memory aid)
  • One slide, one message and use complete sentences
  • With your visuals, make sure you tell them not just the “what” but the “so what”

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