Use TechnoPresenter public speaking lessons to integrate research and technology skills. An inquiry-based approach is used to formulate and investigate a question. The topic is researched and facts are organized in a bulleted list and table. To prepare for public speaking, students follow instructions to write a set of notes that accompany each slide. Upon completion, findings are communicated to an audience in an oral presentation. Additional teaching ideas explain how to collaborate with a partner, insert a video, create a graphic organizer, or animate text.
- Help Kids Master Public Speaking
Teach students to become captivating, persuasive, and powerful speakers. Use Google Slides or PowerPoint to create a unique and engaging slide show to grab and hold audience attention. Adapt lessons to any unit of study to integrate essential technology and life skills into curriculum.
- Hands-On Inquiry Based Model
Blend language arts, social studies, science, or history with computers. Elementary or middle school students formulate and investigate a question, research and organize facts, and create an informative graphic presentation using themes, layouts, bullets, tables, pictures, and speaker notes.
- Transform Your Stem Teaching
Simple-to-use resources include a Teacher Guide with ideas for technology integration, assessment tools (checklists, skills summary, rubric), parent letter, and certificate. Student Workbook with step-by-step instructions for print or digital use. Sample slide shows on a diverse collection of topics are included to spark student interest.
- Student-Centric Lessons
Activities scaffold student learning, starting with a self-reflection about public speaking readiness, studying samples critically with guiding questions, and learning presentation skills to create and enhance slides for maximum audience appeal. Students rehearse using speaker notes. When ready, they communicate the results to their peers and seek feedback.
- Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
Optional challenges offer strategies for a presentation with impact: body language skits to practice, small group rehearsals, collaborative strategies, embed a video or create a graphic organizer, and how to share the presentation as a link with opportunities for peer comments.
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Assignment 1 Oral Presentations and Public Speaking
Recognize the purpose of oral presentations. Rate public speaking readiness.
Assignment 2 Study Presentations
Examine a sample presentation to develop an understanding of the content, layout, and design.
Assignment 3 Select a Topic, Write a Research Question
Organize ideas using a planning sheet. Select audience and topic. Formulate research question.
Assignment 4 Make a Title Slide
Create a title slide. Apply a theme to produce a consistent style. Format text and images.
Assignment 5 Create an Information Slide
Summarize essential information on a slide using a bulleted list. Elaborate using the notes pane.
Assignment 6 Build a Table of Fun Facts
Classify facts into categories using a table. Expand upon a key point using the notes pane.
Assignment 7 Decorate Slides
Capture audience attention. Enhance slides and emphasize information using graphic objects.
Assignment 8 Presentation Checklist
Self-evaluate slideshow quality. Revise the presentation to improve appearance and clarity.
Assignment 9 Rehearse with Speaker Notes
Practice public speaking by presenting with digital or printed speaker notes.
Assignment 10 Give an Oral Presentation
Communicate research findings. Engage the audience using a slideshow as a visual aid.
Optional Public Speaking Lessons
- Work Together: Collaborate with a friend. Create a joint presentation.
- Insert a Video: Embed a video from YouTube.
- Create a Graphic Organizer: Use a graphical layout with shapes.
- Animate Information: Control the flow of information with animation.
- Presentation Rehearsal: Practice in front of a small group. Receive feedback.
- Body Language Skits: Learn about effective non-verbal communication.
- Ask an Expert: Share presentation as a link. Peers ask questions.
Integrate Public Speaking Lessons with Research and Presentation Skills
TechnoPresenter public speaking lessons are ideal for students in Grades 3-8. Elementary or middle school students give an oral presentation on any area of study including a topic from science, social studies, history, geography, or health curriculum. The activities introduce essential skills and provide a foundation for future learning.
Develop public speaking skills
Understand copyright and plagiarism
Formulate a question and investigate findings
Research using informational text
Present to an audience using a slide show as a visual aid
Communicate facts using a bulleted list
Build a table to sort facts into categories
Enhance slides with images, shapes, or word art
Document information sources
Add speaker notes to slides to add extra details
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Our students enjoyed the program a lot!
It is an amazing project. I used it with grade six students, who chose an issue to talk about after brainstorming. They worked in groups to prepare, design, and give presentations to their friends. It was a great experience that included internet topic search, development of PowerPoint skills, and most importantly working in teams.