Presenting Better Presentations: Teaching Presentation Skills To All Learners
Meet the Maker
Michael NIehoff, Maker Team Advisor / Content Creator
What’s the Best Advice I’ve Heard?
If it’s not illegal or immoral, why not give it a try?
If I could see one movie again for the first time, what would it be and why?
If you could bring back any fashion trend what would it be?
Skinny ties, especially the paisley variety.
This Week’s Why?
Presentations have become one of the most foundational ways that we have learners demonstrate learning. Indeed, teaching is the highest form of learning. So, when we have learners present, they are all essentially teaching - or learning in the highest form. Presentations are one primary way to do this. Learning how to deliver a high quality, professional presentation is valuable both academically and professionally. Presentations require us to use a variety of skills. These include, but are not limited to communication, creativity, critical thinking, inquiry, organization, social awareness, audience analysis, research, leadership, collaboration and so much more. However, even though we are expecting our learners to deliver bigger and better presentations, we often skip teaching them all of the skills and pedagogy involved. A good presentation requires planning, design, practice and all of the aforementioned. There is no doubt that presentation skills are one of the best competencies we can focus on with learners of all ages. Let’s teach them how the pros do it and then some.
This Week’s Focus
Driving QuestionHow can we support all learners in delivering high quality, professional presentations?
Sharing our work publicly is a vital pedagogical element of project-based learning. These are often done through presentations. We use terms like Presentations of Learning, Defense of Learning, Showcases, Exhibitions and others. Learners present their work publicly in the form of products using technology and other resources. Presentations not only require skills and practice, but also understanding the pedagogy behind both the design and delivery.