The Balance of PowerPoint
This post suggests using an application called Present.me to make video recordings of students giving PowerPoint presentations (Step Three), see an example here. The lead-in conversation activity in Step One and the video in Step Two are designed to get students in the mood and encourage discussion as to what makes a good or bad PP-assisted talk. The activities are best suited to upper-intermediate and advanced students, and may be particularly appropriate in Academic and Business English contexts.
Step One : Conversation
Introduce the topic of giving presentations / speaking in public and ask your students to discuss the following questions in pairs or small groups.
Step Two : The Video (Life after death by PP)
- Tell your students that they are going to see a popular video which shows six examples of how not to use PowerPoint (Don McMillan’s video has been doing the rounds for quite a while now, but I’m always surprised how many students have never seen it).
- Ask them to predict the six examples of bad PowerPoint usage, then show them the video. If they need prodding, give them some key words: colour, font, slides, animation, text, amount/number of, graphs, images etc
Step Three : Recording a talk with Present.me
- Having discussed public speaking and seen how not to use PowerPoint, your students should now be in the mood to have a go at giving a PowerPoint presentation themselves.
- Present.me is an application which allows you to upload a PowerPoint presentation and then video yourself as you give your talk. See an example presentation here, then have a look at the video tutorial (volume’s a bit low, sorry!).
- As homework or longer term project work, ask your students to record themselves giving a PowerPoint presentation on a subject of their choice.
Feedback can be given on language and pronunciation as well as on non-verbal communicative factors such as body language, gesture and facial expression.
Recordings are limited to 15 mins.
You can make a maximum of 10 recordings a month.
There are no privacy settings with the free version.
There is an upload limit of 50mb.
Note : Important information about the free account of Present.me