Presenting to kids in the 21st Century ain’t easy! It’s hard to engage them…then maintain their interest. When I presented in the past, I was always hypersensitive about my student’s engagement level. I’d worry…Did I lose him? Is she listening? He looks like he’s nodding off! How can I cover what I need to in the next 5 minutes? I consider myself an engaging presenter, but I was struggling! I needed a new way to do things.
My fascinating educator Voxer group made a remarkable book recommendation last summer. I was guided toward Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. Occasionally, I’ve run across books that alter my paradigm fundamentally! That was certainly the case with Garr’s!
I teach World Civilization. We study China, India, Islam, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Mesoamerica. The ZEN part of the title really intrigued me!
Please listen to this episode and learn how I transformed my presentations. Problem solved!
This is a compelling and descriptive image I created for my classroom movie trailer presentation. It is the epitome of a Presentation Zen slide. An intriguing image, situated on a simplistic background, and coupled with bold, but meager, text. This slide just begs for explanation!
And finally, here’s a lecture. Every slide in this flipped presentation is Presentation Zen inspired. I mentioned on the podcast that it was 20 minutes…it’s only eleven. WHOOPS!
Students zone-out during presentations.
Apply the ideas in Presentation Zen.
What You Can Do Tomorrow:
- Visit Garr’s website.
- Alter one of your presentations using Garr’s ideas.
- Conduct a public domain image search.
- Create a leave behind.
- Debrief your students.
Please check out all of the episodes of the Hacking Engagement Podcast on iTunes!