We believe that learning to present knowledge is just as important as learning the facts themselves. Presentation is a lifelong skill, building confidence, creativity, and an understanding of how to make knowledge approachable. Unfortunately, from science fairs to sales pitches, presentations all too often resort to the same dry formula, resulting in a loss of audience attention and ultimately a loss of the presenter’s confidence.
Fortunately, Glogster offers a plethora of ways to make any presentation a talking-point, and make facts unforgettable. We’ve put together five ways to use Glogster in a presentation, either as the foundation for the entire talk, or as the multimedia icing on the cake. And while these ideas are perfect for inspiring confidence in your students, they might just inspire you as well!
Create a Visual Aid
More versatile than a poster, with more wow factor than a slideshow, a glog seems an obvious choice for an attention-grabbing visual to accompany a spoken presentation.
Rather than using a whole set of slides, which can leave some presentations feeling disjointed, presenters can display a single glog with all of the media required to make the presentation come to life, clicking each element to enlarge it when extra emphasis is needed.
Make a Mind Map
Instead of staring down at their notes and reading robotically, presenters can create a glog that directs the flow of their presentation and keeps the audience on the right page. For example, our timeline templates offer a simple linear structure, sure to keep even the most absent-minded of presenters on track from beginning to end!
Alternatively, try using our text boxes and arrow graphics to construct a freeform mind map, structured enough to order your own thoughts, but attractive enough to display to an audience at the same time.
Give an Audio Presentation
An easy option for presenters struggling with stage fright, as well as for giving presentations remotely, the audio player function adds a whole new dimension to the art of presentation. With the iPad application, it’s easier than ever to record speech directly onto the glog, add a thematic player icon, and allow the glog to present itself.
It’s also possible to record multiple audio clips alongside visual media, letting viewers click to hear audio “captions” explaining each element. While a pre-recorded presentation such as this can easily be used in class, you can also send the glogs to students at home, giving presenters the added challenge of creating something that can be listened to again and again.
Wow with a Video Presentation
Another option for the less confident presenters, as well as the more creative gloggers, is to use a video as the core of a glog presentation. As the iPad app lets users record directly onto their glogs, a video presentation can take an audience beyond the classroom and show the the subject of the presentation up close and personal. For example, presenting the results of a science experiment is much more engaging if we can watch the experiment itself!
Try adding some text alongside the video with questions for the audience to consider while watching – this will keep viewers entertained and generate discussion once the video comes to an end.
Create a glog as you go!
For the more daring presenters amongst you, creating a glog on screen in front of your audience as your presentation progresses is certain to keep them engaged, putting their ideas at its center and using them as a basis for your own discussion. Think of it as a massive multimedia whiteboard.
Using Glogster’s range of educational templates, it’s easier than you’d think to create a basic framework to which you can add photos, videos and ideas from your audience as you go. Adding an improvised element to your presentation will certainly make the facts memorable! What’s more, you can conclude by giving viewers the link to the finished glog, so they can review the unique presentation at home!
So what are you waiting for? Banish index card notes and monotone speeches in favour of a multimedia experience that everyone can learn from! And don’t forget to check back next week for 5 Ways to Use Video in Glogs.