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ECE 201 Learning Theorist Presentation

Your Assignment

You and your partner(s) will learn a bit about a learning theorist whose work has been influential to the field of Early Childhood Education.

For this project you'll have to:

  1. Conduct research to find at least four resources (other than course textbooks) that will inform you of the theorist's life, ideas, and impact.
  2. Design a multi-media presentation that is visually appealing and easy to read and understand.
  3. Create a short interactive assessment to gauge what your classmates learned from your presentation.

More information about the assignment and expectations will be provided in class.

Presentation Tips

A student giving a presentation. The slide projected on the screen reads "I'm so tired give me an A"

Image credit: Stacy Partin, Tumblr, Dec. 15, 2014

  1. Practice! Especially if you get nervous (and even if you don't).
  2. Stay organized from the beginning - take good notes, write an outline, know where you are going and how you want to get there.
  3. Think about your audience - What questions are they likely to have? What order would be most helpful for them to learn this new information?
  4. Define new terms - if it was new to you it will probably be new to everyone.
  5. Slide design is important!
    1. Keep slides simple - they should be a brief summary, not a script. Your slides should only work if you're there with them!
    2. Choose your font style (San-serif), size (> 24pt for text, >40pt for titles), and color contrast carefully - your audience should be able to easily read everything on your slide.
    3. Images are fun, but make sure they have a purpose - what content/message do your images add to your presentation?
  6. Get excited about your topic, and try to connect it to your audience's experiences so they can be excited and interested too!