Including Multimedia in Presentations: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

Many things go into presentations to make them successful and stand out. In this lesson, you are going to learn about a variety of multimedia tools that can help you create interesting, meaningful presentations.

Why Use Multimedia Components?

Whew...You just finished giving your presentation on the importance of fighting pollution. However, when you look out into the audience after your five minute speech, no one seems to be paying attention! That's horrible, but this doesn't need to happen to you. Let's compare your Presentation 1 to your classmate's Presentation 2:

Highlights from Presentation 1

You spoke about the importance of keeping our environment clean and safe for animals. You clearly explained what pollution is, how it affects animals, and how to stop pollution. You did not use any posters, handouts, or visual aids.

Highlights from Presentation 2

This person opened up the presentation with this image displayed on a computer screen:


Turtle stuck in net
Pollution


A question was posed: ''How do you feel for this turtle?'' The presenter went on to explain what happened to this sea turtle along with why people need to be aware of pollution and how it's prevented. At the end of the presentation, there was a short video clip showing people cleaning up the shore.

Which presentation do you think would better hold peoples' attention? Which one makes pollution look like a very serious problem that needs fixed?

Most likely, the second presentation will have been more interesting and thus more effective in demonstrating the importance of keeping our environment clean. This is because the second presentation used multimedia components, different forms of ways to share information.

Let's take a look at the different types of multimedia components and when and how it would be appropriate to use them.

Using Multimedia Components

When used correctly, multimedia components can be a great addition to your presentation. You want to ensure that you are familiar with and comfortable using each multimedia component.

While using multimedia components can help to engage the audience, it is important to remember that the main part of your presentation should be you speaking. Multimedia components should be used only to support your main idea or point you are trying to make. Put simply, multimedia components should add to your presentation, not replace it!

When and How to Use Multimedia
Multimedia Use

Let's learn more the types of multimedia components and how to use them!

Text

Text is simply words that are typed out. Common ways of creating text would be with: Microsoft Word, Notepad, PowerPoint slides, and Google Docs.

Graphics

A graphic is any type of still image or picture. You could use a picture of your own from the computer or search for a specific image using the Internet. Microsoft Paint allows you to create your own pictures.

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