Our third project for the year involving Google slides was called "Histories Mysteries." In this "Choose Your Own History Adventure" project students formed research teams based on their academic strengths and their interest in the topics. The student's got to channel their inner Indiana Jones while they investigated the mysteries of Ancient Egypt from The Death of Tutankhamen to The Sphinx at Giza.
While I knew it was going to be a really engaging lesson, I was worried that sitting through twenty different versions of "Death by Powerpoint" was not going to be engaging for the rest of the class.
This time I incorporated a mini-lesson (see "The Worst Preso Ever") on how to do a really awful slide presentation. The lesson is more show than tell, which I think is more effective in getting the point across. So rather than telling them what good slides should look like, I showed them this:
Another element that I added was Bad Presentation Bingo / Good Presentation Bingo , which are bingo cards that are similar to rubrics. This lesson idea came from Cheryl Morris. It was a good way to keep the rest of the class engaged while watching other students present. I handed out the bingo cards and students watched for specific skills to highlight on the BINGO card for that group. Highlighting skills on the BINGO card also made students acutely aware of what they needed to do in their own presentations. I used the good presentation BINGO for their actual History assignment. The Bad Presentation Bingo is meant to be used when having students create "The Worst Preso Ever" as described in Jon Corippo's lesson.
When all of the students were finished presenting I gave the groups their BINGO cards filled in by their classmates and had them discuss the feedback that they gotten from their peers.
Time to Reflect is key
- I have learned many things this year about making presentations.In fifth grade I did not even know how to make a powerpoint or slides presentation. I also didn’t know how to access google docs and google slides.I have learned so much this year and hope to carry these new learnings with me for the rest of my life.I think that all of the stuff is really useful and that I can learn many things from it.Ever since this year started my whole learning environment changed and it helped me tremendously improve in my work.
- I still need to work on making each slide different in little ways to catch the audience’s eyes. I should also keep the same font throughout the entire slideshow. I need to work on my people skills such as being less nervous and having a subtle signal to change slides. I also need to work on my skills on working with other people and actually work with a group. In my previous work, I always worked by myself but I consider that a bad thing for when I am older.
- I’ve learned from the comments that my group and I have received is that we shouldn't have had so many animations and made sure that there were no errors and make sure everything was appropriate. My Aha moment is bases on Angelina,Bella,and Sammie Jo’s presentation and I loved that they got in character during their presentation.
- My slides have more information and is not about the pictures any more.I learned that its not about about the pictures and the fonts its about the information.