Engage students in improv presenting, and enhance oral presentation skills in a light and humorous way.
Warming up, helping students get over shyness and anxiety over presenting, bringing some light-hearted fun into class, possibly teaching some digital literacies and presentation skills. It can also be useful for teaching how to use images to convey messages without resorting to putting lots of text on slides.
At its simplest, the teacher provides a slide deck with a topic and some (seemingly or actually) random images on 10 slides. They then give students (individually or in pairs or small teams) 10 minutes to go through the slides spontaneously, building a story as they go along.
Variable prep time and variable presentation time depending on how many students/pairs/trios are presenting. Each presenter/team will use up 10 minutes per presentation.
We suggest giving students time (e.g. in breakout rooms or outside class) to work in teams to create slide decks for other teams to present. This would serve to give the “slide deck creators” experience finding openly-licensed images and putting together a creative slide deck, while giving the “presenter” teams the experience of improv presenting – and an overall fun experience for everyone.
You can find the instructions, ideas for scoring, and the free slide deck we’re using in the video here: https://www.powerpointkaraoke.com. You can also buy additional slide decks from this site if you don’t want your students to create their own.
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