As I am writing my final post, I realized that even through this blog, I could have potentially missed the bar on reaching my audience. And even more than that, I wasn’t even that creative in writing my posts. I wanted to make sure that I correctly delivered the educational information, so that you can better your own presentations or lectures. Just like teachers are trying to educate students first and foremost. But at some point, information just becomes a blur and unless we are actively intrigued and interested what is being placed before our eyes. Along the way, I have discovered multiple tools that will help students, teachers, and professionals upgrade their next seminar or big idea. But what will help me deliver my final product to the class?
Throughout the semester I’ve observed that any time there is food, specifically cookies or Brazilian chocolate cake involved, it is guaranteed to get everyone’s attention. And I mean everyone. If you watch as the cookies are handed out or the cake is served, there is a social interaction that takes place where each person is completely focused on the other and the dessert at the same time. So, in a way, you can compare serving treats to delivering a presentation. You have to have at least three subjects: the baker (presenter), the eater (student), and the educational material (cake). If the baker is friendly and presents the dessert to anyone, more people are willing to accept and take a bite. If the cake is delicious, someone will most likely inquire about the recipe, praise the baker for their talents, and ask for more. This is the goal of education. We want our audience to listen, ask, and come back the next day ready for more, but how do we achieve this everyday in the classroom?
Like I mentioned earlier, the success of your presentation is all determined in how you deliver your information. Different teaching styles produce vastly different outcomes. Teachers and presenters must first be aware of their strengths and weaknesses in order to develop an engaging presentation. I encourage teachers to find technologies that bring out the strengths. Let’s say Professor Cupcake is extremely energetic and passionate about the process of icing a cake, but he has trouble organizing his thoughts into a logical step-by-step example when he is in the moment of his lecture. He currently does not use Power Point slides and rarely sends his students e-mails. The class is never fully prepared for class because they do not have access to materials. This presents a problem that many students face today, but something as simple as creating a chart for the process of icing a cake and using technology to share it with his students will help Professor Cupcake be more successful. On top of that, his students will be actively involved in the learning process.
In learning and in teaching there are different routes to success. You have to find what works for you as an individual first. Then observe how others learn around you. Ask for feedback. Be curious. Keep your thoughts organized. And be flexible in the learning process.