Jennifer Arns's picture

Your choice is to complete and practice your SOS.
Do as much as you have of your SOS presentation.
Complete the questions below and post as a comment.



  1. What technology standards do your students meet when creating presentations (ppt, keynote, google presentation...)?
  2. What content area do you integrate into presentations? Tell us about an example lesson.
  3. What resources do you use to teach your students about high-quality, effective presentations? Add your thoughts, examples and images below.
Jane Mason's picture
professional quality polished piece. U.S. History - depression era topics - Presidents English - book presentations(tied to Canterbury tales and Beowulf) health - infectious diseases presentation samples from previous years. self made example.
tgraveley's picture

Many standards are being met when having students create presentations. Problem solving and decision making skills are used when creating a presentation with digital tools. Students have to decide on a topic and which pictures would most accurately display the concept. Creativity and interpretation of a topic help drive the process of developing a product. Students construct knowledge using digital tools by making connections to the the topic. Students show a functional understanding of the tools by producing a finished product. 

I have integrated presentations into reading, Science, and Social Studies. I've recently had students create a Soiree of Slides based on the novel we just completed in the classroom. It was really interesting to see how the students interpretated the book with the kinds of pictures they chose and what events they focused on.

The resources I've used are based on the technology standards. I discuss about how to search for non-copyrighted photos they can use. I found that using pictures with no words to drive the topic of the presentation really helped the students stay focused on the storyline rather than getting bogged down with inserting enough text to get the point across. I will definitely be using this strategy in the future, possibly for following the timeline of certain events in Social Studies or describing a process in Science. I will probably reduce the total number of slides because 20 slides seemed overbearing for my 4-5th grade students.

Amy Sempf's picture
I teach first grade and we have show and tell every Friday. Using the Ladybug document camera, we are able to put the items under the camera and the students head up front to the Interwrite board to present. I have a student who collects rocks, and each week we all enjoy a little geology lesson! The students use a large pointer to point to their items and teach us about them. We can also take a picture of each students' items and later they paste the picture to a piece of handwriting paper and they have a writing extension. Students will. . . 2.3 communicate the results of research and learning with others using digital tools 3.1 use digital tools for personal expression 3.2. Use various digital media to share information and tell stories
Connie Warner's picture

I have my fourth grade students create a PowerPoint presentation in social studies after they have used the internet to research Montana Native American Indian tribes.  They share these with other fourth grade students and they are also posted on our school district website.  They were required to cite their sources.  All of these meet Montana Technology Standards.  This year I am going to have them try to build a Prezi presentation about their researched tribe instead of PowerPoint.  A link to their presentations follows:  Standards 1.2, 1.5, and 2.3.

ryggj's picture



  1. Students will collaborate and communicate globally in a digital environment.
  2. Students will apply digital tools and skills with creativity and innovation to express his/herself, construct knowledge and develop products and processes
  3. Students will possess a functional understanding of technology concepts and operations.

Curriculum Integration:

  1. Social Studies
    1. Historical Events
  2. Technology
    1. Using Presentation Tools
    2. Using a graphic organizer to organize and save online research
    3. Converting graphic organizer information into an outline into Word
    4. Creating and editing audio files
    5. Use domain search techniques to locate scholarly resources
    6. Creating credits using online citation tools
  3. Language Arts - Writing to express themselves

Lesson Plan:   Students use internet search techniques to research what happened on their birthday.   Students will need to locate 3 interesting events that took place on their birthday. (What Happened On My Birthday) They may create their product using any presentation tool of choice: (PowerPoint, Prezi, Glogster, etc.)  Students will use domain searching to research each of the 3 events planning to create one slide or display for each event.  (Use Inspiration or an online graphic organizer to save the research).    Students will locate images that would represent the event in some way using Public Domain or images labeled for reuse using Creative Commons licensing.  (Use advanced Google Search tool setting the research to locate images labeled for reuse).  Students will create their product labeling each event with the date and the highlights of the event and include the picture. These can all be stored in Inspiration.  Using writing skills, students will use a writing tool to create a paragraph explaining each event.  Students will use Audacity to record a reading of each researched  paragraph and insert that sound file on each slide event.  Students will create the product and make it a self-timed presentation.  Students will share their work with the class. Providing students use Public Domain or Creative Commons images they can post their slideshows on line. 

michele nokleby's picture
All of our MCPS technology standards are addressed during the course of developing a presentation. Focusing the question for investigation, narrowing or broadening the topic, determining keywords, and activating prior knowledge. Students must then locate and use information sources electronically, which include databases as well as standard search engines (the deep web). Collecting and organizing information using electronic tools such as mind mapping software is an important step in the process. Only after this preliminary work can the students create meaningful, original, and effective presentations. Students create presentations for almost every subject area, from book trailers for English class, reports for science and social studies, to entertaining presentations for the school music program. I always show my students an exemplar before the project begins, so they have some idea of what a high quality piece of work looks like. I also provide them with an assessment rubric to reference before, during, and after the research process. Examples of student presentations are available on my You tube channel, Vimeo, and my web page. My rubrics are available at Rubistar.
robreynolds's picture
Most recently I have used photo story 3, a windows app, to allow students to create personal stories by combining personal images, some web pics and personal voice recording telling the story they wrote. Here is a student
Alyssa Daniels's picture

My students are working on slide shows that share information about animals and rivers in Africa. I think that the SOS assignment is appropriate for learning about landforms and geography because the focus should really be visual so the students can see other places in the world. I shortened it to 12 slides for 6th graders because 20 seemed too long for them. They are using Google presentation so they can collaborate from anywhere.

brian  hoover's picture

My classes are focused on creating digital conent I encourage them to inlcude many different forms of media in their presentations.  My classes cover everything from engineering, architecture, computer animation and game design.  The most recent project was the design and construction of a trebuchet.  Throughout the project students created sketches, models, blueprints, videos, animations,spreadsheets, word documents and an actual trebuchet.  I require students to combine all of these bits of information/ and media into a presentation and final summary of their project.