A gentle reminder ...

The goal of this blog initially was for Mr. Mc to show his students and friends what he doing while in Pennsylvania and DC in 2011. Now it's being used as a place for him, travelling colleagues and former students to discuss edumacation and history related "stuff" as well as ... well, anything which pops into his head. Mr. Mc would never knowingly embarrass either the school he loves or the family he is devoted to. By joining in the discussion, he expects the same of you.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

How do you say 'PowerPoint' in Masai?

This blog comes from the person at the TED conferences who prepares their speakers. If you don't know about TED and TED-Ed, you should. The conference brings some of the most interesting and influencial people on earth to speak about the area they researched, experienced with and are experts in. Some really cool stuff. The TED-Ed version connects educators and animators to make short films for students. I use them all the time. I'm even playing with submitting a lesson to TED-Ed.

The story of the blog involves this young man (his TED Talk is above) who has come up with an ingenious way to keep lions away. Someone from TED invited him to speak and the blog is about how they prepared him to travel across the world, speak in his non-native language using technology he was unfamiliar with to an audience of some of the most educated and sophisticated leaders on earth. That would freak me out, let alone a 12 year old boy from Narobi, Kenya. Chris Anderson, the curator at TED, suggests five avenues of attack in preparing people for the TED Talks, which I think are instructive for my young orators as well.
  • FrameYour Story
  • Plan Your Delivery
  • Develope Your Stage Presence
  • Plan The Multimedia
  • Putting it All Together
The essence of the Ford's Theater Oratory Program are in there in topics two and three, but Ive been lookng for the other three as my students delve more into original oratory and the use of Prezi, PowerPoint, One Note ...


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