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The Power of Professional Presentations For Students

Due to the increased degree of high quality project-based learning, as well as changes in standards, instruction, and technology, students are doing more presentations.     Some of our students’ presentations are for their peers. Others are for more public audiences like parents, community members and business leaders. And some are shared with globally and digitally through social media.
     First, having all students consistently present their work is a good idea. Secondly, we know all students need support in improving their skills as presenters.
     Presentation Rubrics (see http://www.bie.org/objects/cat/rubrics) are a great start, but we actually need to make the presentation skills part of our curriculum. Students need to learn about design, audience, messaging, branding and storytelling at the outset of a project and not just as an afterthought. Stories are how the most inspirational or motivational speakers present ideas, initiate innovation and ultimately get people to…