Teach With video is a blog to help teachers integrate digital video projects in the classes they teach. The podcast provides tips for classroom management, unit and lesson design, and various resources to help teachers guide students toward the successful creation of curriculum-based videos.
I recently created this presentation to help teachers new to Apple’s Keynote learn some of the basic features. The idea of the presentation is that you download it, follow the instructions on each slide, and learn the basic features by completing the task on the slide. When we ran the PD sessions on campus there was some explanation that went along with the activity, and we discussed presentation setup and remotes. But for someone new to Keynote, there is plenty to learn by just downloading the deck and completing the activities.
This week at school was new teacher orientation. An important part of the orientation is to provide our new teachers with “technology survival skills” so they can get through the first couple of weeks. We are a Google apps school, so we needed to make sure the teachers knew how to use the most basic features provided by Google. The teachers worked at their own pace to complete the tasks listed on the handout (below) and received a stamp on the square when the task was completed. On the back of the handout was an explanation of how to complete each task, in the likelihood that someone did not know how to complete the task. Ben Summerton & I & several people roamed the room helping teachers with any questions and stamping for completion.
I recently required a “presentation of choice” from my students. Most of them chose to present using Keynote (Apple’s answer to PowerPoint). I was honestly shocked by how poorly they used this presentation tool. I created the presentation below years ago, but updated it last week and discussed it with my seventh graders. It includes what I think are some common sense ideas about presenting.