Tuesday, October 22, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Preparing a presentation: What can the Digital Teaching Assistant do?

Preparing a presentation: 
What can the Digital Teaching Assistant do?

The Digital Teaching Assistant can be available whenever students are working on a presentation.   DTA can collect intermediate products and make them available to the teacher or to other members of the work group. DTA can handle correspondence among the work group students and with the teacher.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).

Education that often calls for a presentation 

Support that may be provided

Flowchart for preparing a presentation


DTA monitored flowchart for preparing a presentation

  • The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) for MUVES (vitrual worlds): Summary
  • This flowchart can be used with individuals or student work-groups.
  • Below are steps that student presenters may need to follow in preparing a presentation.
  • Here they are presented as questions to be answered.
  • Teachers might supply examples that fit the subject and education level.
  • In use by the DTA, the questions would be provided as text boxes with space for an answer.
  • Each box would have an expected draft date and expected completion date as set by the teacher.  
  • DTA would remind the student or work-group of upcoming deadlines.
  • Yes, the students will be annoyed, but meeting deadlines is part of the world of work.  
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  • And the draft will draw feedback from the teacher to help meet the deadline.
  • Teachers will want to add instructions suited to age level and subject.
  • Teachers will probably want to provide examples in the appropriate content area.  

Who is your audience?

  • The teacher?  Teachers?   Parents?  Other students?  The general public? 
  • You need to think about how you will talk to this audience.

What is your theme?

  • Write your concluding sentence
  • What is the main conclusion you want people to take away.
  • Sometimes this will suggest something for them to do.

What are the three ideas you want them to take away?

  • List them
  • They are usually items supporting the mail conclusion.
  • Sometimes one tells what you want people to do.

Why will your audience be interested in these ideas?

  • How would these things affect them?
  • How can they use this information?

What is your hook? 

  • Narrative hook
  • Just one or two sentences that stimulate curiosity or interest.

What are your sources?

What evidence will you cite?

  • A short paragraph on each item
  • For each item, why should the audience believe this evidence?

What concrete examples will you cite?

  • A short paragraph on each item. Be clear: are these factual or illustrative?

What are your media options?

How will you distribute your product?

What will you put in your portfolio?

Write out the draft of your summary.

  • The summary is one paragraph telling what the presentation is about: Theme, take-away points, conclusion.


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