While the background of each school was very different (I made some modifications for each school), I was able to bring an engaging session for staff about Digital Citizenship, Classroom Management, and SAMR/4Cs while modeling instructional technology strategies. I'm all about the meta approach to professional learning and thought I would share how I designed and facilitated one of my favorite professional learning sessions to date.
While I prefer using as little text as possible and full-bleed images when designing presentations (see design tips from Presentation Zen), I find it helpful to have an aesthetically pleasing template to fall back on when I feel more text is necessary, especially for interactive slides. For slides with full-bleed images, I use copyright free images from the Unsplash Photos Slides add-on. This saves me a great deal of time when finding images. For my recent presentation, I pulled slides from many of my previous presentations and converted them all into a common theme from Slides Carnival.
Using an avatar of yourself, or other images can add a nice personal touch to any presentation. Bitmojis are an easy way to to this, especially with the Chrome Extension which allows you to drag and drop the images directly into your Google Docs. You will need to create your Bitmoji using the app (iTunes, Google Play) on a mobile device, but once you create your Bitmoji, you can use it in a variety of places.
I especially enjoy using Bitmojis on presentations slides that have some text and don't have room for much else. Did I wear the same outfit as my Bitmoji during my presentation? Yes - I happen to have the same outfit and it seemed too fun to not do it.
While I could go on and on about the decisions I make for including question types (maybe in a future blog post), I want to highlight the presenter logistics I used to facilitate this session on the day of the PD.
Before Presenting My Session
To Present My Session
To End My Session
Mattea Garcia is a passionate creative professional dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.