Research & Presentations

Course Description:

In Research & Presentations, students will learn to create interactive presentations using mainly Microsoft PowerPoint, but will also explore other electronic presentation materials. As well, students will learn electronic research skills, including, but not limited to on-line research. Using a variety of search engines and techniques, students will learn appropriate ways of documenting and crediting electronic sources. Students will be asked to learn about current topics in relationship to electronic research, and to evaluate the value and integrity of on-line information. 

Student Work:

This blog showcases the final projects of all students in Research & Presentations during S2 Spring 2008, and is now updated to showcase the final exams of S1 Fall 2008. Each presentation was run through SlideShare so it could be put on the blog, and since SlideShare does not currently allow video inclusion, each student posted the video that accompanied their presentation either above or below their converted PPT.

2008 Fall S1 Student Work:

Students were asked to create a persuasive presentation on a topic of choice. See the Persuasive Research project for further details. Below is the work they did. You decide which side of the argument is better. You decide if the student actually proved his/her point. (Currently, the videos are missing. Will update soon):

Is Wal-Mart Good or Bad? 

Amanda L.'s presentation

Which is Better, Private or Public Education? 

Amanda W.'s Presentation

Which Makes More Sense, 2 or 4 Year Colleges?

Jacquie's Presentation

Should High School Students be Allowed to Go Pro?

Jeremy's Presentation

Course Documents:

Go to the attachments section on the bottom of this page for the presentation about How to Give a Good PowerPoint Presentation

Some Useful PowerPoint Tutorial Sites:

While this site may be more geared to teachers, it's good for the 1st time user.
Again, a site for teachers, but it breaks down various elements, and is pretty helpful with visuals.
Site broken down into clear elements within PPT..

Some Thoughts to Ponder:

"Not many appreciate the ultimate power and potential usefulness of basic knowledge accumulated by obscure, unseen investigators who, in a lifetime of intensive study, may never see any practical use for their findings but who go on seeking answers to the unknown without thought of financial or practical gain." ~Eugenie Clark

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ~Zora Neale Hurston

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?" ~Albert Einstein

"What is research, but a blind date with knowledge." ~William Henry