Classroom Presentations

May 29, 2011

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Mind maps are an exciting activity for everyone in the classroom – especially when it comes to presentations. Teachers and students alike appreciate the versatility in a mind-mapped presentation.

It’s a guide and a delivery tool.

Educators also appreciate its flexibility. They can accommodate various skills levels of their students without having to force viewers through a single course and lose the other half of the class.

Using NovaMind gives you options. You can make part of your curriculum as Mind Maps projected on the screen, use the NovaMind presenter to smoothly animate your path through the Mind Map, add Mind Maps to your PowerPoint presentations, incorporate Mind Maps within handouts.

These are all formats both educators and students can take advantage of, making education simple, relevant and – imagine this – fun!

Click to download this Mind Map document.

Setting Up Your Classroom Presentation

So, let’s get started. Content delivery is really the essence of presentation work because it focuses on how to get people to accept and understand the information you are sharing.

To do this well, you don’t have to be clever. You want to keep students involved and using NovaMind is an excellent way to engage their attention and imagination.

Initially though, you only need a presentation plan for getting your content across. You can already anticipate some of the questions and interactions your students will have. Let’s say you introduce your topic (the title), navigate the topics in some sequence that makes sense to you, and finally decide – based on the kinds of questions your students typically ask, which sub-topic content to pursue next.

Right away, you’ll detect a flow to your material that feels natural, comfortable.

Making Sure You Take Your Classroom With You

Though you decide how you will approach your presentation, you will need to see if your community of students is following you. At various points, by asking questions or hearing the questions they ask, you will confirm which topics should be brought out for view and which should remain hidden.

To spark their interest, you can even present with flexibility in mind. "What topics do you want to navigate next?" By being given the choice of where they might like to spend their time, they are more involved and feel in control.

Get Your Students Mind Mapping Too

During your presentation your students will probably be inspired to contribute something of their own. Well, using NovaMind, students can be invited to create their own topics, write their own notes and feel proud when they see that their contribution is permanently included. For example, you can ask, "What else do you think is missing here?" Your final lesson content is being shaped by the students as the class progresses. The end result could be a printed mind map handout, a brilliant wall poster or something more fancy, like Mind Maps projected on a classroom screen, then copied into their workbooks.

Using the NovaMind Presenter, as you talk about your map, you can zoom in and out to various content spokes, adding detail as you move along each of the topics that emanate from the centre.

Mind Map Festival: Innovative Mind Map Ideas to Fire Up Your Presentations

Most of us are put to sleep by the repetition from media we already know too well. For example, presentations can bore us to tears when we see slide after slide after slide after slide.

With mind maps, there’s a great opportunity to break out of convention. Mind map presentations are not common and what you create can be truly unique educational materials.

For example, use a mind map session to show them how to map their favorite books or movies is a cool way to get them more involved in their learning as well.

They can make out the characters and their fates and plot them respectively on each individual topic, or report out the key themes or tell the story in their own way, mapping out the dramatic structure.

The reason is mind maps are great at summarizing books and research information. They make it fun to find the appropriate symbols and choose the images that will connect a reading experience with their own life experiences.

Don’t Forget Presentation Handouts

At the time of your presentation, you need a presentation guide for your students as well.

You can print out the outline of your presentation and share that as a support for students or give them an overview mind map of your entire presentation. This allows them to use their own words in the mind map, translating your information into what makes sense to them. Every student is able to use their skills to make the most of the lesson.

A final option is to enlarge your presentation to poster size, so students will have a daily reminder of the presentation.

For Further Information

Please see the links in the text above. There are a wide range of topics covered in the Teacher’s Guide to Mind Mapping. Also there are a number of example Mind Maps to do with education in the Mind Map Gallery.

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