Saturday, April 4, 2020

2020 #VWEDU: #DTA: Plan for a modern presentation in a digital world. For presenters and inquiry/project-based learning.

Plan for a modern presentation in a digital world.   
For presenters and inquiry/project-based learning.

A plan for using the affordances of digital worlds and other digital support in making a presentation.   The plan may be of special interest to teachers using inquiry-based or project-based learning.   

    Possible objectives of a presentation 

    Social good

    • Impart information or ideas to an audience.
    • Entertain an audience with information or ideas.
    • Get the reactions of others to the presentation to improve it.
    • Get the views of others about the ideas for further development.
    • Get the views of others about the information.

    Individual good

    • Partly satisfy an educational requirement.
    • Build a portfolio. (students and professionals)
    • Income from fees. (presenter and organizers)
    • Favorable reputation. (sponsoring institution)

    Affordances of a digital place for presentations

    Saves time, money, health, carbon

    • Nobody travels--the location is on a computer.
    • All the time is spent productively, none on travel.
    • No travel costs, negligible venue costs.  
    • No exchange of germs
    • Small carbon footprint 

    Video capture of any part

    • Preserves for reuse and wide dissemination
    • Captures for review and improvement

    Multiple text streams are available and recordable.

    • Public chat shares comments with everyone.
    • An assistant can handle requests for help. 
    • Other assistants can handle questions and comments.
    • Each assistant can have a separate text channel

    Supporting web affordances

    • Web posting for videos: YouTube or institution web site
    • Transcription of video to text: VidReader
    • Blog: Background, web links, "slides," notes, videos, inworld display

    Blog uses

    • Present background in advance: bios, web links, "slides."
    • Present "slides" during presentation.
    • Digital worlds allow easy display of web pages as posters.
    • No slides--you walk along a row of posters and the audience follows.
    • Present results: Videos, text Q and A, audience insights. 
    • Visible part of presenter's bibliography (not mere citation in vita)
    • Visible contribution to knowledge by sponsoring institution.


    Before the event

    • On the blog post background resources and promotional announcements.
    • Be sure to give the time, time zone, and location.
    • Mention the kinds of people who might be interested.
    • Repost the blog article to social media.  I use Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
    • Any sponsoring organization will have its own outlets.
    • Develop the "slides" as blog pages.  On those pages, include links to supplementary information.
    • Unless you have a reason to withhold the pages, make them publicly available.
    • If your goal is to inform people, you don't care when they get informed.  

    At the event

    • Arrange to make a video of the presentation.  
    • You will need a videographer to manage the camera.
    • Put the blog pages on posters and put those out in a row before the presentation.
    • No "Next slide please."  No "How do I go back to that slide."
    • Note that you can use virtual objects instead of posters
    • Sure, people will sometimes turn their attention away from you to a poster.
    • Are you more important than the information?  
    • They may miss some important point.  That is what the video is for.
    • Pause about every 10 minutes and invite questions.  
    • Collect questions by telling people to send questions to an assistant in private chat.
    • The assistant can clarify and organized the questions for a better Q/A session.   
    • The assistant should also save the questions for later use on the blog.
    • Questions and answers are the main thing offered by a live presentation.
    • The videographer could cut and restart recording at the end of each Q/A session.
    • Thus the presentation would be in 4 or 5 sections, each focused on particular topics.

    After the event

    • Post the videos on YouTube or on the web site of the sponsoring institution.
    • Embed each video on a blog page along with the saved questions.
    • You may also want to include a transcript (VidReader).
    • A video is not scanned into search, but a text transcript may be scanned.
    • In writing the abstract be sure to include all the important key terms.

    Student  presenters

    • This model may be particularly useful in project/inquiry-based learning.
    • Especially if the students are working in a digital campus.  
    • Projects and inquiries often result in presentations. 
    • Presentations in digital worlds are prepared, presented, and recorded at negligible cost.  
    • Such presentations develop and demonstrate the skills of the students.
    • The video and blog post can be captured and given to each student, building student portfolios.  
    • The video and blog post can be accessed and evaluated by student families.
    •  The institution can aggregate the products from it digital campus as evidence of its educational achievements.  



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