Course 3…WOW! So many new ideas and ways to improve how I teach communication skills to my students. Here are some of my projects:
- Blog Makeover using CARP principles.
- Curated photos of our community to use to teach visual literacy and awareness
- Taught students basic photography skills and took them on a photo walk
- Created digital poems using Google Presentation and Screencastify
- Studied an infographic via skype with the original creator of the infographic
- Created a new presentation using Zen Presentation principles. (see following presentation)
For my final project, I decided to recreate my presentation that I use for parents at the beginning of the year. Instead of just telling them facts about the curriculum and our class procedures, I decided that I want them to come away with a message and a feeling. The message is:
I have experience and am qualified. I care about your child. I am committed to helping your child develop strong roots and healthy fruit. When your children leave my class I want them to be students who are pursuers of personal excellence, active global citizens, and ethical decision-makers.
The feelings I want them to have when they leave are trust and confidence.
With that in mind, I set out to make changes.
Here is my original presentation:
Not bad, but it doesn’t really tell a story or convey the message that I want.
Here are some of the changes I made to improve my presentation:
- I tried to use CARP (Contrast, Alignment, Repetition, Proximity) principles. I chose a simple black back ground and kept the theme the same throughout the presentation
- I tried to use the rule of thirds on my first slide
- I simplified the text
- I used more photos and real examples from my class
- I included a video
- I planned to tell it more like a story and include small stories
- Screencast it for parents who can’t attend
- Give parents a curriculum guide as a handout and send them the same form as a google doc with hyperlinks.
- Replace some photos with short video clips
It’s been an amazing journey and honestly, I’m sad to say goodbye to this course. I will never give a presentation the same way again.
I’ll conclude with an Edward Tufte quote that sums up all that I’ve learned from Course 3.