Public Speaking

From May 2015: The curtain has fallen. The stage has cleared. Our first year of 20 time projects has closed. This week marked our 20 time showcase event, Innovation Hour. Students have been viewing TED talks, discussing public speaking styles, and preparing their final presentations of their yearlong journey with their 20 time projects. It has been eye-opening for me to see how they feel about...
  This post details my efforts to find resources to help students overcome their fears of public speaking and prepare a rockstar presentation for the Innovation Hour Showcase event, as well as some thoughts on revamping the 20 Time model yet again. From March 2015: With all the snow, I have had some time to reflect on what we need to accomplish in my classes as we draw near to the end of 3rd...
It started as a contest. I had wanted to use iMovie in one of my classes, but I wanted to have a clear purpose. It developed into a project that shifted focus from the technology to the audience. And that’s where the power of creating Public Service Announcements really lies. When students have an authentic audience—one beyond the classroom—then their work becomes more purposeful and more...