This past Friday (it was also “Wear Your College T-Shirt Day”), I had the opportunity to present at a Parent Summit for a large urban school district (my own). I hadn’t really known about the presentation until Monday, so it was a bit of an excited rush to get all the pieces ready to go. At first, I thought my part would be minimal–direct another staff member to cover the workshop since she is the resident expert on cyberbullying and digital citizenship. But then, it became obvious the expectation was for me to present, and so that changed my focus.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to get ready alone–there were quite a few other folks presenting, minimizing the load for all. “Many hands make light work” as the saying goes.
Before going much farther, let me say that we managed to present and only went slightly over the 1 hour time limit. The presentation was fast moving and so many parents in the audience were affirming of the message.
To visually represent the cooperation of the people in the plan, I asked one of my team members to come up with this image (shown below)…it only took her a few moments to do this in Fireworks:
|Excerpt from 1-page handout|
For my part, I decided that the presentation would achieve the following goals:
- Provide 5 steps for parents on what they could do right now about bullying.
- Provide 5 steps for children on what they could do right now about bullying.
- Empower panelists to share their ideas without getting bogged down in multiple slides full of bulleted points.
- Embed video–but not too much–that would emotionally connect with the audience.
- Provide opportunities for parents and children to connect AFTER the presentation was over with content online.
- Make everything available online.
- One simple, short web address parents could remember
- One page handout (double-sided) with the main points of the presentation.
From my office’s perspective, we had quite a few resources that we had adapted, including a 100% erate mandated web-based training that all campus professionals had to go through. We also had curriculum to use with students. You can read a write-up of it in Safe and Sound.
So, earlier this week, as soon as I knew that I wanted this to be a part of the “conversation” and the resources available AFTER the presentation, I asked the MoodleMayhem.org email list members for help. They–Joseph Thibault and Craig Hicks–provided two excellent examples, which I ended up merging and adapting for use with the parents. It’s not due until July 1 (which is when we’re launching online courses for staff and parents) but it did give me the opportunity to “screenshot” what the content would look like. I wanted something like this because I remembered Northside ISD’s Parents411 Moodle course (listen to the podcast). Since I’m still making changes, it won’t be available until July 1.
Update: A few minutes after posting:
Note: Jennifer Wagner tweeted that she’s doing a similar preso and shared the link – http://www.slideshare.net/JenniferW/digital-footprints-presenttion
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