When reading through Resonate and how to create an effective presentation, I was reflecting on presentations that have energized me and those that I felt wasted my time. I thought about the ten convocations over the years, and how it is such an incredible opportunity for the district to encourage and motivate teachers’ at the most crucial moment of the year. But typically I leave the convocation wishing I could have that hour back to put towards planning. The first year teaching, however, the district hired a speaker, and I don’t really remember what was said, but I remember how I felt. I felt excited and empowered because of the speech resonated with me. It brought all the reasons why teach to light, and excluded all the negatives.
Duarte brings up an excellent point of tailoring the message to the audience, not the other way around (Duarte, 2013). Presentations are about change and reinventing, to provide innovations to allow an industry to survive. This idea led me to my innovation plan, that to provide opportunities for students to thrive, we must be using technology in a powerful way. Providing students with personalized learning and options for students to own their learning through blended learning. The most powerful way to present this information is through a presentation. Just presenting the information is not enough. You can have the most incredible idea in the world, but if it presented in a boring way, the audience will lose interest. The presentation should not only be engaging but needs to be understood clearly. If the audience is confused by your idea, it will not be brought to fruition. Lastly, the presentation should stand out, not blend in. It is necessary to use your own uniqueness as a way to stand out, instead of boring facts on a PowerPoint. Relying too much on presenting facts, will eliminate the human connection.
To clearly explain my plan in an effective way, I thought it would be a benefit to involve my students. Many students volunteered to become a part of the video I am creating. Using my own classroom and students to explain and promote my innovation plan has been more powerful, than using random videos or pictures. Having these conversations with my students has helped to build my plan even more. We talked about all the things I discussed in the videos, and how the plan is continuing to evolve and change.
To move other staff members to become a part of my blended learning initiative, I found it important to use both logic and emotion, when relaying my message. This way my audience has an understanding of not just what I am accomplishing, but why I am working toward my plan. Being able to present both a video that can appeal to their emotions with the combination of my literature review, I believe the combination will be impactful. In addition, I have gotten my students involved with assisting with feedback, creating the video, and teaching in their own video. Providing other staff members with student’s opinions about my blended learning plan will be an additional positive component. Sometimes we are so focused on what the research states, that we forget to look to the best resource we have, the students.
I am fortunate that I work at a campus that has other teachers implementing similar plans, so the administration has been very supportive. We also have the technological resources needed to implement my plan. However, any new plan or shift will present obstacles and roadblocks. I am taking these in strides, the first roadblock I faced is the videos I was using were not effective, and the students were not interested. So I used this feedback to create my own video. I want to continue to build on my courses to provide them with relevant discussions and embed questions in the videos for students to answer. One of my biggest obstacles is time and learning software. I am trying to focus on just the video creation this year and will continue to add more resources each year.
ReferencesDuarte, N. (2013). Resonate. Sunnyvale, CA: Duarte Press, LLC.