How Do I Have Students Make a Presentation?
Whether your student is presenting PowerPoint slides, a website, or a piece of art they have created, the easiest tool to use is Relay. Using a computer and webcam (or smartphone/camcorder), students can record their presentation and share it with you. If they use the Conversation feature, you can provide text feedback within the video. If they also share the video with their classmates, you and the class will be able to provide comments.
If the presentation must be delivered live, schedule a Zoom/Teams meeting. During a scheduled meeting, a student with a webcam (and/or a headset), can deliver a presentation as a Presenter and even share their screen.
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If the presentation doesn’t need to be delivered live:
Relay- Using Relay students can create and submit a video presentation of anything they can record using a webcam, camcorder, smartphone, or tablet. In addition, they can record their computer screen and even capture slides from PowerPoint, a website, or any other tool or site that displays on the screen.
If the presentation must be delivered live:
Zoom/Teams- During a scheduled meeting, a student with a webcam (and/or a headset), can deliver a presentation as a Presenter using the Screen Share feature. They can then share whatever document/report/site they’re presenting.
Whenever possible, create assignments that can be completed using digital tools (otherwise, see How do I have my students upload an image?). Using these tools, you and your students will be able to draw over content including text and images (e.g. draw over an image of a cell, chemical structure, a music staff, etc.). This means you can create worksheets that students can fill out by drawing.
OneNote (Class Notebook): Designed to function as an electronic version of a paper notebook, you can draw on any page. If you use the OneNote app on a tablet, it’s even easier.
PowerPoint - The maximum size of a PowerPoint slide is 56 in x 56 in. That’s one big canvas. If you don’t see the Draw tab, on a PC you can add it to the ribbon by right-clicking the Home tab, select Customize the Ribbon, check Draw in the right selection-window, and OK. Additionally, users can use the online O365 version which has a basic Draw tab by default.
Word /Excel- On a PC, the Draw tab may only be available using the full version (i.e. not the online O365 version). To add the tab to the ribbon, right-click the Home tab, select Customize the Ribbon, check Draw in the right selection window, and OK. The Draw tab should be visible by default on a Mac.
Relay- Using Relay and a webcam is one of the easiest ways for students to record and share a video.
Camcorder- If the student has a digital camera, they can upload the videos to Relay as long as it is in the MP4 format.
Smartphone/Tablet- If the student has a digital device, they can upload videos directly to Relay using the Fuse app (free).
Relay- Using Relay and a webcam (or a headset), students can record anything that displays on their screen.
Zoom/Teams- Since online meetings can be recorded, student presenters can record anything that displays on their screen. This includes slides, websites, etc.
PowerPoint- Although using Relay is easier, students can technically produce narrated video using record in the Slide Show tab.
Relay- Although Relay only has a simple editor that allows you to trim, you can create videos that look and feel like they were edited using special feature like Pause recording and webcam On/Off. Watch the Video Basics 101- Create a video using Relay and PowerPoint (8 of 9) video for more information.
iMovie- For Mac users, iMovie is a full video editor.
Photos- For Windows 10 users, Photos has a light video editor with many features.
Stream- For videos uploaded to Stream, it has a simple editor that allows you to trim.
PowerPoint- Although using Relay is easier, you can produce a video using Slide Show record. This feature records each slide individually. Although this isn’t really “editing,” it does help you create a video that is more polished.
Zoom/Teams- Use the Share Screen feature to share your PowerPoint, Desktop, or specific window (e.g. only sharing your browser). The Screen Share button is next to the microphone icon on the main meeting panel.
Zoom/Teams- You can select a built-in whiteboard when you select the Screen Share option.
OneNote/PowerPoint- If your participants login to O365 and use the same OneNote/PowerPoint, everyone can work and see the whiteboard. You can also share your screen to display the “whiteboard” during the meeting so it can be recorded.
Zoom/Teams- You can change the status of any participant to Presenter. A student presenter may need to use a computer (not a smartphone/tablet) or use the full version of SFB/Teams to present.
OneNote/PowerPoint/etc.- If a student participant can’t share their screen, they can still present IF the student shares the O365 document with you and you use Share Screen during the meeting to display it to others.
OneNote/PowerPoint- If your participants login to O365 and use the same document (Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, etc.), everyone can work on the document together. Use Share Screen during the meeting to display it to everyone on the meeting.
It is best to share files before the meeting through Moodle and/or Teams/OneDrive.
Skype for Business/Zoom/Teams- Look for the file/browse/attachment option in the Screen Share option in your web conferencing tool. Not all file formats can be directly shared.
Whether you need to upload an image/picture/drawing, you can use the upload file features of Moodle, Teams, or OneDrive. Once uploaded, the file can be shared by link.
Print Item: The easiest way to convert a print item (or other physical item) is to take a picture with a smartphone, tablet, or webcam. One can also get the image file by using a scanner. The image file can then by downloaded/upload/emailed.