I am presenting at the Melbourne GAFE (Google Apps for Education) Summit this week. I have never felt very confident as a speaker but recent experiences are encouraging me to extend beyond my comfort zone. So here I find myself the afternoon before, adding, taking, tweaking for the millionth time my presentation for tomorrow.
I have chosen a topic that I hope provides a good balance on theory and practice. I know people like to come away with new skills but I also believe any skill / tool should be used with good purpose. The subject is basically using Google tools to create opportunities to have learning conversations – teacher/student, student/student, student/parent, student/other stakeholders etc. The opportunity to provide feedback / feedforward throughout the learning process instead at the end.
It is probably not a coincidence that I modelled this process in the creation of the presentation
- I re-vamped the presentation from a similar one I had used previously
- I adapted, re-worded, re-ordered according to my new audience
- I workshopped the presentation with a group of my peers – lots of wonderful feedback and a great opportunity for me to see the gaps in my preparation and thinking
- I added, subtracted, tweaked content again
- I sought feedback from another colleague and made more adjustments according to wise feedforward
- I am finally prepared to present.
I will probably write more once it is done – phew !