The End is Nigh

Your final assignments for your portfolio for the semester are the following:

  1. A recap of the semester – what you discovered about yourself, your process, about writing for media, about how you plan to use what you have learned and how you plan to showcase these skills. This will be a video of about 1 minute (5 second on either side is acceptable). You will include the video with a 500-word essay that will have links and photos (Think faces and places!)
  2. A 1:30 video about a topic of your choice – the completed project will include all of your resources (photos, videos, graphics, storyboard in a Google Drive that you will share with me.)
  3. A rewrite and a re-conception of one of your previous assignments.

To help you think this through here is a link on how to make a real storyboard in Word. 

These assignments will appear on your site by 3 p.m. on Friday, December 11. We will look at the top three projects (The video and the rewrite) on the day of the final and the winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

The Puzzle Project


Here is what needs to be included for your puzzle project presentation:

(This should be about 10-12 minutes long with another 3-5 for questions from the audience and from the judges.)

Executive Summary of Project

Why are you doing this project? (And this isn’t because Dr. Crowley made us do it. Be an adult.)

What did you learn by working together as a team?

  • What surprised you?
  • What happened that you didn’t expect?

Work breakdown

Who did what and how did that work out?

Schedule and time management

How did you even pick the puzzles you chose?

Deployment plan

How did you decide to go about beginning the project?

Assumptions and constraints

What did you think was going to happen? What ended up happening?

Did you have any communication issues? (Both technological and personal)


Note each time there was success in the deployment of the plan


What can you tell other about working on a project like this? What are the lessons learned from doing the project? What would you do differently next time?

What I taught for Shockey Construction about presentation skills 

Rehearse as a group—early and often.
• Clearly establish everyone’s role and how the presentations link to one another.
• Get used to one another’s speaking styles and especially, strengths and weaknesses.
• Is there too much content? Too little of the right content?
• Is there overlap?
• Do the presentations complement and support one another?
• Do they flow logically?
• Are they aligned with your objectives?

Include both introductions and transitions as part of your preparation and rehearsal. We will work on these together. This is a reflection of the questions you answer above.
The transitions are where the bridging elements that conclude one presentation and lead to the next one take place. Each presenter should wrap up his or her own segment, and then establish a link to the next presenter.

You’re “on,” even when you’re not speaking.
Body language and composure is important part of evaluation. You must look engaged but casual and confidant. So stay alert. Listen. Show interest in what’s being said. Remember: your body language can convey a positive or negative message.

  • Stifle that yawn.
  • Don’t slouch or look bored.
  • And unless it’s absolutely necessary, do not whisper an aside to another team member.
  • Also pay attention to the audience. You may pick up signs helping you to gauge audience response. That can be useful if you have yet to present.

Your personal presentation
Structuring your presentation by addressing the questions:
“What?”, “Why?” and “How?”
“What?” identifies the key message you wish to communicate. From the perspective of the audience, think about what is the benefit of your message. What will they gain, what can they do with the information, and what will the benefit be?
“Why?” addresses the next obvious question that arises in the audience. Having been told “what”, the audience will naturally then start to think “why should I do that?”, “why should I think that?” or “why should that be the case?” Directly addressing the “why?” question in the next stage of your presentation means that you are answering these questions and your talk is following what the audience perceives as a natural route through the material. The result is that you have the audience on your side immediately.
“How?” is also the next question that naturally arises in the audience’s mind: how are they going to achieve what you have just suggested. Try not to be too prescriptive here so, instead of telling people exactly how they should act on your message, offer suggestions as to how they can act.
“Summarize” You should also finish by proving what you have just said: providing evidence that what you have just said is beyond dispute using

Some general tips
• Show some energy
Tell a story (What is the metaphor for this project?)
• Know your audience
• Be unique / memorable
• Summarize

Average student presentation

Here is an example of a great group student presentation. 

Life’s a pitch 




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