Ask yourself this question … when was the last time you had 100% of your audience actively engaged in your presentation?
In my attempt to avoid sitting through days and days of PowerPoint presentations I decided to upload each of my students Online Safety PowerPoint’s to a class Google shared account. We then embedded mini versions of the presentations on our class wiki. When it came time to present the information, every class member signed into their Google account and clicked on the link to join the shared presentation.
If students wanted to participate in the chat during the presentation they were STRICTLY limited to comments about the material being presented or questions or clarification.
After sorting out some Google log in issues (each student must have a unique user name – you can’t share – or the chat won’t work correctly) we began the presentations and chat.
For the first time I can EVER remember as a teacher – 100% of the students were engaged in the presentation and participated in the chat. The students were enthusiastic and offered insightful and appropriate comments. Students liked being able to add their input without interrupting the presentation.
We’ll try it again on Monday and this time I will save a chat transcript.