What tools can you use to create your presentation?
Microsoft presentation toolsMicrosoft PowerPoint is a particularly popular form of software. You can do some very basic things using PowerPoint and you can also create some very interesting and complex presentations, all depending on what lends itself to your project. This tutorial from Microsoft will help you guide you through creating a simple presentation in PowerPoint and printing out handouts and notes. Sway is the very latest Microsoft tool which can help you to create interactive, web-based presentations.
PreziPrezi follows a similar idea to PowerPoint in that you create slides or frames which you navigate through. Prezi does give you a little more artistic freedom and it is specifically designed to allow you to zoom in on particular ideas which might be useful when trying to illustrate your thought processes to an audience. It doesn’t however have some of the functionality that PowerPoint has.
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Developing Your Research Project
As you will have realised in completing this course, most of the elements of a research project need research themselves. Learning how to present and what you use to present is no different. If you do not like the idea of using either PowerPoint or Prezi, there are plenty other tools out there that you can use. You will need to find them, master them and work out if they are going to be useful to you.
Engaging with your audience
Social mediaYou may want to use social media in your presentation, if you are hoping to have audience participation. You could perhaps include a hashtag on Twitter if you would like people to comment or ask you questions as you go along, in the same way that we have encouraged you to use our hashtag #FLcuriosity.
Polling systemsThere are other methods for having an audience engage with you, and your research or subject area – they might even contribute to your findings as a result! If you have access to TurningPoint, which uses polling built into a PowerPoint presentation, you can poll people in your audience. There are other polling systems which require less formal technology and allow your audience to vote using their smartphones. Here are two links that might help you with that:
If you feel your presentation is best through only your spoken word then that is equally as good.
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