Our first unit in technology was “Presenting Naked”. We had to be prepared to present our presentation naked. Presenting naked means that we do not have any cue cards or any paper to help us talk in our presentation and we should have our presentation memorized. While making our complete product we must follow the steps to the design cycle. In the design cycle, first we must Investigate. Then we must Plan our our scheme for the presentation and then we finally get to the Design stage before making our final product. In the end finally Create our final product. We spent a few weeks going through each of the process of investigating,planning,creating and evaluating.
First we went through the stage of Investigation which was to discuss in groups how design and communication skills would affect the quality of a presentation and whether we agree or disagree and we also had to explain why we do agree or why we do not agree. We also had to discuss and figure out what the meaning of “Presenting Naked” and we had to decide what made a good presentation. In addition, we had to check out some videos of different people performing different types of presentations such as Pecha Kucha,TED,RSA and Ignite. We took notes of what we thought was good about the actions the speaker in the various presentations did. We were told to research the 7 steps to build a presentation. We had taken down all the notes and information we needed for the investigating stage which is recorded on a google docs document which we share with our teacher. We were also told to choose three topics that we could possibly talk about in our presentation. I had 3 topics which was about ‘Animals’ or ‘World’ or ‘Candy’. I had chosen the topic ‘Candy’ out of the three topics.
After our first step of Investigation, the next step is the stage of Plan. We planned out which three softwares we would use for our presentation. My three options of softwares were Keynote,Power Point and Google Presentation. We were asked to explain which softwares we were most likely to be using. The software that I was most likely to use was Keynote because there are many templates that we could choose from. We also had to think about why the topic we have chosen was relevant to us, why the topic that I have chose was relevant to my peers or the school, and how I will make this interesting to the viewers or the audience of my presentation. Also, we had to plan out what kind of delivery style I wanted to use for my presentation such as PechaKucha,RSA,Ted,and Ignite.
Finally, we get to the Design stage. In this stage I had to make a “practice” slides for my presentation so, I could get some images and ideas of what kind of slides I should make for my presentation. After we had made the “practice” slides,we made a storyboard to plan out and create what we might want our slide to look like.
In the end, we go to the Create stage. In this stage we have created our presentation and the slides for our presentation. Also, we have made a script for our presentation. I think I have done my best in the create stage. I think I have done well on balancing out the time on making the presentation and the script. I have also been capable in sticking with my plan. I had planned out my presentation to have simple slides with just one picture and I had managed to keep all of my slides very simple. Also, I have researched good information about my topic for my script. The presentation I had created about the topic ‘Gum’ had 6 slides. I had talked about the ‘Facts’ and the ‘History’ of gum, how it affects our health, how gum is good for our brain which is an interesting fact, and how it has an effect on the world today.
Overall looking at the work I have done in this unit, I think I have done well most in the Create stage. I think my slideshows were laid out pretty well. The slideshow was very simple which is how I wanted my presentation to be. I think that if you keep a presentation very simple with one good image it will be more effective than slides with many images that are not very effective. I really think that the images that I have used in my presentation were effective and eye-catching. Looking over at my presentation and my script, I think that I have managed to connect the information I had said in my presentation with the images or pictures used in my presentation well.
My strengths was creating my presentation and planning my final product. I think that I was able to create my presentation well because the planning went well. If I did not plan well, I do not think I could have done my Create stage well. When I was presenting my presentation I think I had a good projection of my voice. I think I have spoke clearly enough for the audience to hear me.
My weakness is the Design stage because I do not think I did very well on planning out the “practice” slides. Also, I did not do very well on my storyboard. I think I could have done my storyboard a lot better by having it more descriptive and in full detail. During my presentation, I think I could have used more eye contact. When I had projected my presentation I was pretty confident but I think I could have been more confident and at times I paced a bit and talked really quickly. Also my very weak point was memorization. I have memorized some bits of my script but, I had cue cards in my hand that I have peeked at when I had trouble with what I was going to say.To make a perfect or better presentation I should be very confident about the topic I will be presenting and keep the same pace when you speak.Also, I think I should have prepared a bit more and memorized my whole script. By having the cue cards, it was harder to make eye-contact with the audience. Even though the information I was presenting was something the audience did not know about, I think I could have made it more interesting by changing the tone in my voice to keep the audience awake but, when I had been presenting I did not change my tone and I kept on speaking with the same tone from beginning to end.
In conclusion, I think that I have done a good job in this unit of “Presenting Naked” but I do not think it was perfect or excellent. I think I could have done better and if get another assignment similar to this I would like to improve my weakness so I can present a better presentation than the one I have presented.
My presentation about ‘Gum’.