Multi-modal presentations are typically audio-visual presentations that present the results of your historical research. As a result, you need to undertake the research process and create an argument, very similar to that used in written history essays.
However, the unique format of this category allows you to use a variety of modes to present your information: either spoken, visual, video, performance, group discussion, etc.
Possible formats include:
visual performance, such as dance, artwork, etc.
computer simulation or website creation
seminar presentation, such as a university lecture
The most important element of this kind of assessment is that it is informative, based upon research and is engaging for the audience.
To ensure you achieve the best marks in a History presentation, make sure you cover all of the elements below at some time in your talk:
Have a look at the example below to see how these different elements work together:
Many people are nervous when asked to talk in front of a crowd. The best piece of advice has always been: practice. The more your practice, the more confident you will be on the day. As you
practice, try and implement the following advice for your verbal and non-verbal techniques:
Use eye-contact when appropriate
Use different facial expressions
Here is an example of a multi-modal presentation that demonstrates excellent verbal and non-verbal skills:
Christian, D. (2011, April 11). The History of Our World in 18 Minutes. TED Conference.
Using a Script
Designing a Slideshow
Try to keep any slideshow very simple. Limit slide information to a few short sentences. The audience should be listening to what your say, not reading chunks of text off slides.
A good rule of thumb is to have approximately one slide per paragraph in your script, and only have additional slides for specific sources you intend to discuss in-depth
during your presentation.
Also, any movement on the screen will be a distraction to audience from what you are saying. Therefore, only use moving images or pieces of film for moments when you're not
In your presentation, you only need to provide referencing for sources you’ve used in your argument. For example:
Therefore, the only pictures that require referencing are any artefacts you’re going to show your audience. For example:
If you have other graphics and images in your presentation that are there for solely aesthetic reasons, you are not required to reference them.
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