I helped to assess year 8 presentations just over a week ago. One class used PowerPoint others created videos to assist them in their class presentations. Some were excellent, some less so. I know that many teachers still ask students to create a PowerPoint document and I wondered how much instruction is given to the students about the best ways to use this tool. The post on the Edubeacon site reminded me of the “Death by powerpoint: and how to fight it” slideshare presentation by Alexei Kapterev. It is still one of the best presentations about making effective/good presentations. Another sub-title could have been “How to not to bore your audience to death”
So I was also interested to read about the TEDCommandments mentioned in the same post. I love the TEDTalks. They are great. The speakers are passionate and knowledgeable about their topics. The talks go for about 2o minutes and I have always been totally engrossed in the talk. (There is a good wiki – Teaching with TED for anyone interested in ideas about how some of these videos might be used in a classroom setting.)
I now find out about one of the reasons that the talks are so good – it might, in some part, be due to the TEDCommandments that are given to the prospective speakers by the TED organisers. I went in search of these and found a post, from this time last year, on Tim Longhurst’s blog that discussed just these commandments. He had written them out and put in a few links to find further information.
I Have a look at all ten here but below are the ones, on first glance, that I think I will translate in a guide for the students. These are:
- Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick. (Do not cut&paste from wikipedia(etc) or copy an earlier presentation on a similar topic and just change the heading.
- Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion. Include information that you find interesting and unusual. This will make it more interesting for others too.
- Thou Shalt Not Read thy Speech. Self-explanatory really.
- Thou Shalt Not Steal the Time of Them that Follow Thee. Don’t go on too long, or over time. Also – If you are working as part of a group, don’t cross over into their topic.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction Camilla, now how do I get some of the teachers to follow suit?