To help designers develop present ideas and prototypes clearly to others.
30 - 60 min depending on class size
Small Groups 2-5
What are Basic Presentations?
Basic presentation is an introductory tool for testing. The activity has two over-arching purposes: One is to help students become more comfortable with presenting to others, the other is to begin to teach the subtleties of presenting an idea or prototype vs standard oral presentations. Some of the characteristics that make a prototype presentation different from a standard presentation are that students should be encouraged:
- Show don't tell about their idea/prototype
- Explain their idea/prototype through stories
- To get their audience interacting with the idea or prototype as soon as possible so that they can have their own experience with it
- To develop a set of questions to solicit feedback
Why teach Basic Presentations?
Basic presentations set a good foundation for effective testing. This is a good chance to challenge students to focus on both feeling comfortable talking in front of others, and presenting an idea in a way that elicits good feedback.
How to teach Basic Presentations?
Basic presentation is best taught through lots of repetition. Provide students with the basic strategies listed about as well as other strategies for good presentations (ie. clear speaking, organizing thoughts, good use of visual aids etc...). Next give them lots of chances to practice. If students have not given many oral presentations they may be nervous speaking in front of others but there is nothing like repetition to help them feel more comfortable.
Oral presentation evaluation sheet, projector if necessaryPrompt presentation:
With basic presentations there are many different prompts that you can use to inspire students to create a presentation, here are some examples:
Presentation (2-5 min per student/group)
- Break students into groups to brainstorm how they could make school better and ask each of them to present an idea to the group
- Challenge student to present their favorite toy from home.
- Present a prototype from a design challenge they are currently working on
- Pick an issue facing your local community and present a potential solution
Ask each group to present to the class for 2-5 min on the assigned promptAssessment (1-2 min per student/group)
Use the attached evaluation sheet to assess students presentations. Assessments should be seen as guidance for how to improve rather than an assessment of whether or not the student was successful. Depending on your class you can either have all students evaluate each or just evaluate students yourself.REPETITION:
Repeat this exercise as much as possible to help students feel more comfortable presenting in front of others
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