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Activities,  December 04, 2007

YouthLearn's Guide to Teaching Presentations: It's About the Story

What's really important about multimedia presentations is that they are storytelling devices. It's not about the software, its about the story.

We recommend a four-part process for any storytelling project, whether it's a presentation or video:

Begin with mapping activities to help generate ideas. Here's a sample map to begin a storytelling project.

Use storyboarding to help kids figure out the plot, logic, structure and elements of their presentations before beginning work in a software application.

Introduce the software slowly, making sure that you've already introduced any preliminary technologies you'll need as elements of the presentation. See the suggestions in teaching about and with technology.

Do a group share when the work is complete so kids can share their work and learn from each other.

Multimedia presentations are also a great project for reporting after field trips, for presenting results from inquiry-based projects or for developing digital comic strips. Because most multimedia packages also offer simple animation functions, they're a great way to build on a series of traditional animation activities.

URL: http://www.youthlearn.org/learning/activities/multimedia/presentations.asp
Posted by wrivenburgh on December 04, 2007 | Activities
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