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Career Presentation

Project Description ...

In this project students will use OpenOffice to create a presentation on a career they might be interested in. Students will do research to learn about their potential careers, learn to use graphics and text to build a presentation, and deliver their presentation in front of the class. 

Your presentation needs to have 10 Slides:
  1. Title Slide
  2. Basic Job Descriptions
  3. Required Credentials, Education, or Experience Required
  4. Where can you go to get the experience  (What school etc.)
  5. How much money can you make in this job?
  6. What companies could you work for with this job?
  7. What skills do you need for this job?
  8. Interesting information about the job 1
  9. Interesting information about the job 2 (Yes, two different slides with interesting information)
  10. Reference at least two websites where you found the information for the presentation (In MLA format)

Work at home ...

In this class we will be using the Open Office suite of productivity software.  This is a free program that you may download on your home computer from  Download it at home if you would like to be able to work on your projects from home as well as at school.  This Open Office suite will run on Mac and Windows computers.  

What to do ...

Step 1: Set up your slides (50 pts)

The first thing that you will want to do is to get your slides setup. You will need to look at the slide requirements above and build ten (10) slides. Choose the New Slide button and choose different layouts for your slides. You can also use the Slide Master view to customize your theme (fonts and backgrounds).

Step 2: Research the Career Information

Do a Google Search to learn all the different information that you need to make your presentation. Remember that you will get better results if you choose good keywords. Don't type an entire sentence or question into the search box. Pick the 2 or 3 most relevant Keywords that apply to the information you want to find. Also remember to copy down the addresses of the sites that you find your information from so that you can come back to them when it's time to reference your sources on the last slide. 

(Click the film icon to review about doing keyword searches on the internet.)

Step 3: Write Your Script (100 pts)

I recommend that you write your script as you do your research.  The script is the speech that you will give to the class as you show your presentation. The purpose of the slides is not to show your speech, but to show pictures, charts, and main points that support what you are talking about.  You will need to have at least 1 paragraph of script for each slide. Change your view to show "notes" and type your script into the notes area of your project.  This way each section of script stays with the slide that it goes to. 

Step 4: Add Pictures and Main Points (50 pts)

Having high quality and appropriate graphics is a big part of giving an interesting presentation.  When searching for pictures online be sure to look for pictures that are at least 1000px wide.  
This will make them look nice and clear when your presentation is viewed full screen.  Also to your best to find the name of the person that took or created the picture and the title of the website where you found it.  Paste this information in to the Notes section of your slideshow so that later you can add it to your References slide.

Each slide needs to have: 

  1. At least one picture
  2. No more than 10 words

You must include at least 1 Chart and at least one Map in your presentation. 

Step 5: Print your Presentation Notes

When you are finished creating your slides and writing your script in the Notes section of Open Office you will need to print out your notes.  
  1. From the File Menu select Print
  2. Choose to print Notes instead of Slides
  3. Choose the Layout Menu and change Pages per Sheet from 1 to 6.  This will print 6 slides n each paper.
  4. Hit Print and collect your notes. 

** Be sure that your name is on the first slide.  

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