Presentation Preparation

The time has arrived: begin winding down your research and creation work and share your learning and work with the world.

This is going to happen as we do many things–write a “script” as inspiration for speaking, speak TedTalk-style about our experiences, visually connect with our audience, share our speeches with the world on YouTube, and post it all to our blogs (including a final reflection of the entire process).

As you get started, think about what you’ll start with–the speech itself or the visual intended to enhance the speech.

In writing your speech, you’ll find some different organization strategies here.

In the end, your TedTalk should at minimum answer the following questions:

  • What is your passion? What question did you seek to answer about your passion?
  • What was your process for your project?  What did you do?  How did you do it?
  • What did you learn throughout this project? About your passion?  About yourself?
  • How did you learn what you learned?
  • What struggles did you face and how did you overcome them?
  • Who did you connect with about your passion and what did you learn?
  • How will you continue this project or to work with this passion in the future?

Now, here’s the thing.  You don’t want us to know you’re answering these questions.  So, the trick is to create what you’ll say and what we’ll see that incorporates all of these responses without explicitly saying “My passion is…” or “My process for this project was…” or “I connected with…”.  While that would still convey the information to your listeners, it does it without finesse.  Instead, tell us the story (tell us the narrative) of your Genius Hour experience.

Your speech should be no longer than 5 minutes.

Tips for really good slides to enhance your speech from Ted.

Design guidelines to create visually appealing slides.

What are you doing during your presentation?  This quick video has some examples of do’s and don’ts (there are some errors and we won’t be using handouts, but you get the gist).

Other things you should know–plan to dress appropriately for your speech, you will have a red carpet to stand on, the big screen in the auditorium will be down, and your parents and other school community members will be invited to the speeches.  Each student will have an assigned day to speak the week of May 16.

Finally, want a really good example of what this looks like when it’s done and done well?  Check this video out.

Both your “script” and your visual should be added to your blog.  When they are both posted and you feel confident in your work, schedule a conference with me to review them and talk about your presentation.

All conferences should be done by the end of the day on May 6th (and I don’t have time for 77 of them in one day, so conferences will be held on a first-come, first-served basis).



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