Reflection: Adjustments to Practice CAPSTONE: Population and environment by design (1 of 2) - Section 4: EVERY DAY-DESIGN PHILOSOPHIES: Visualize this!


One adjustment to practice I have made this year is to explicitly outlaw the overuse of text in student presentation.  Usually this happens when students groups present a slideshow that consists of slide after slide of texts that students simply read.  This is not a presentation; this is simply a public recitation.  One of my aims with this Capstone project is for students to develop skills that will help them create more compelling presentations for the rest of their lives.  Strategic use of text is a key part of effective presentations.  Images do more than text, and effective data visualization do even more.  Visuals should support speech by communicating complex ideas simply and uniquely. (At least this is my take on the nature of public presentations.)  This greatly benefits students as they have to identify ways to communicate information effectively to an audience.  Text heavy slides fall short of this outcome.  

  Why minimal text?
  Adjustments to Practice: Why minimal text?
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CAPSTONE: Population and environment by design (1 of 2)

Unit 4: Populations
Lesson 15 of 16

Objective: In this Capstone project, students will be able to: 1) collaborate with peers to develop a rigorous public presentation; 2) describe an area of interest where human population impacts the environment; 3) articulate the key features of the human population in the chosen area using data visualizations; 4) identify problems in an area caused by human population growth; 5) develop solutions to problems identified 6) identify the research necessary to better understand potential solutions; 7) publicly present to an audience; 8) provide rigorous feedback to presenting groups; 9) self-assess proficiency using rubrics and captured video; 10) and revise in-class presentations as standalone screencasts.

Big Idea: Human population growth impacts the environment . How might develop an engaging presentation about an area that elucidates the problems and potential solutions to problems posed by a constantly growing human population?

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