Post Three

Today I have been exploring the use of Twitter in presentations.  I’ve found multiple articles addressing this topic, but one stuck with me: Five Ways to Integrate Twitter In Presentations.  The post explores the best practices for integrating Twitter in a presentation.  Twitter offers many benefits for audience involvement and engagement since it is update in real time.  Let’s explore the ways to integrate Twitter.

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Hashtag

Set up a hash tag for your presentation or your classroom, so you can track the progress through a period of time.  Listeners will be more likely to engage in the presentation.  Plus, all of the tweets used with that hashtag will be archived and grouped, so that you can later access the posts.

Questions

Use Twitter as a polling method to gather answers or opinions.  Allowing your audience to engage through media gives them to opportunity to give you more detailed feedback.  Certain people may be more willing to open up via typing than talking.

Moderator

Have someone present in the room keeping up with the tweetstream, so that you don’t miss any crucial action.  This person could also bring questions and comments to your attention during the presentation, so that you could offer answers or advice during the lecture.  This gives a real time feel to the presentation.

Live Action

To enhance real time display, project the tweetstream on a screen.  This allows everyone in the room to see tweets in real time.  This is only recommended when you feel showing the tweetstream adds value to your presentation.  This has the potential to be distracting, so use with caution.

Feedback

Rather than waiting until the end, ask for feedback in real time.  Topics will be fresh in the mind and this gives you a chance to address any comments or questions.

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Post Two

Engaging an audience has become an extremely difficult task.  Not only should we interact with them and invite them to participate, we have to consider technology in the mix.  According to an online presentation workshop, 20 minutes is about as long as an audience will be engaged without a break or being involved.  College lectures last 50 to 75 minutes and some professors do not allow laptops, tablets, or mobile devices in their classroom.  Technology can be a distraction or a tool to aid in the learning process.  I chose this topic to show how useful and beneficial technology is in the learning process.

I believe that technology can be a strategic factor in the success of a presentation.  For example, Prezi can be used in place of Power Point to produce a connected outcome.  Google Docs can be used to ask questions in real time.  Social Media can be used to enrich presentations.  It has even been implemented in the classroom.  We live in techtopia, and this technology can be used to help us learn and grow.

Each week I will explore a new technology or presentation tactic.

Technology enhances meaningful learning, drives communication and collaboration, and improves creativity.  A learner must always be engaged, so that he or she has the opportunity to learn.  This is the first step towards meaningful learning.  Once engaged, a learner must interact and communicate to achieve the next level of learning.  Communication enables collaboration.  Technology aids in the implementation of these processes.

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Post One

I plan to deliver an engaging presentation that teaches college students and young professionals how to design presentations that pop with technology usage, which ultimately make learning more personalized and meaningful.

Primary Audience: College students and young professionals

Secondary Audience: High school students

Here are some links to help jump-start my research throughout the semester:

Seven Secrets to Engaging the Audience: http://www.trainingmag.com/content/7-secrets-engaging-audience

How To Engage Your Audience and Keep Them With You: http://www.hamilton.edu/oralcommunication/how-to-engage-your-audience-and-keep-them-with-you

Engage Your Audience, Hold Their Attention: http://www.sitecore.net/Solutions/Ultimate-Results/Engaging-Your-Audience.aspx

Nine Tips for Enriching Your Presentations with Social Media: http://mashable.com/2009/12/14/presentations-social-media/

Six Ways Social Media Helps Your Presentation: http://www.briansolis.com/2011/04/6-ways-social-media-helps-your-presentation-resonate/