To benefit my students, I decided to choose option 1, modifying/creating a presentation, for my end of unit assignment. Using google slides I have developed a teaching resource, rather than a ‘presentation’, that will form the basis of a unit. This resource is going to be used one period, per cycle throughout the year to support my teaching. I chose to apply the ‘zen principles’ to each slide, bearing in mind however, that as it is a tool versus a presentation I had to consider a couple of main points. Some of my audience have difficulty interpreting visuals, plus some need multimodal presentation; ie text as well as oral or visual, therefore to enable them to comprehend the message, I had to balance text and images to what I thought would meet their needs. Throughout unit 3, my big take away was to keep it simple, plus consistent, so with this in mind, I began to play!
I took part of an old ‘notebook’ resource, and using google slides, incorporated 4 different key ideas relating to ‘study skills’. I did it this way for 2 main reasons. Firstly – logistically, I had all my resources for teaching ‘study skills’, in one place. Secondly, I could use any one slide at a time, depending on the lesson focus, as the slides can stand alone or can be used together throughout a lesson.
Finding the exact photo to convey a specific meaning, that had copyright was harder than expected. This resulted in me making some of my own images, by taking photos then labelling them in skitch. It highlighted the fact for me that sometimes it is quicker to create, than spend a long time searching for the exact image you want. I wanted each slide to portray the key focus, so I was often getting rid of text and changing images. Also I found I changed the layout a couple of times. I know from readings and peer suggestions that the image should take the whole slide where possible, and to use very few words. In the beginning each slide had a title, so that there was the consistency, however, I questioned whether the headings were adding anything? I played with it in a few different ways, then decided to take some of the headings out, and let the image hopefully speak for itself. The slide was ‘clean’. I went back on forth on this, so some slides do have some form of text. The main reasons for this, as stated above, was to meet the needs of my audience. Some concepts, like the test taking section, only text would explain, so rather than having multiple ideas on one slide, each slide had one focus.
Below is my resource. I have used various slides already as part of different lessons. I find my students are engaged and focused, plus for me as a teacher, I have my resources at my fingertips, which is great.