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Presentations

As of the 8th of February, this week was about preparing and starting our presentations on Entry Level Games Developer jobs.

We were put into our seminar groups for this project, so we had to work as a team to put together a single presentation – each of us had to find and pick our own entry level job we wanted to present. (See Figure 1)

Figure 1

We planned on doing three slides each; the first would be a brief description of the job and company, second would be about the key skills required to get the job and last would be our own thoughts and conclusion about the job – since our presentation also had to be roughly around 20 minutes long, we gave ourselves 5 minutes to speak through our slides.

One important thing we had to consider for our presentation was to keep things simple, so we made sure that most of the text on our slides were a big size and written briefly.

“You should be able to communicate that key message very briefly. The important thing is to keep your core message focused and brief.”

skillsyouneed.com, 2021

Before, our slides were packed with text and had a much more smaller font – this proved to be too hard for people to read in a presentation. Due to this, we changed our font size to something much more bigger and cut off most of the unimportant text.

We moved most of this information into our speaker notes, which we’d look upon whilst presenting. (See Figure 2)

Figure 2

Another important thing to cover here which would help with our presentations would be to consider the Dual Coding Learning Theory, this is where both images and written information are combined to provide an easy visual and verbal way for people to process information.

“Dual coding is combining words and visuals such as pictures, diagrams, graphic organizers, and so on. The idea is to provide two different representations of the information, both visual and verbal, to help students understand the information better.”

Megan Sumeracki, 2019

Following these rules, we cut the amount of content we intend to include on a slide and instead present everything in a simple concise way.

We can also use images to help our readers to get a rapid gist of what we’re talking about.

Information is lined up neatly and written briefly to give our readers confidence, most of the details are saved for when we start to speak about our slides.

“Visuals are powerful for communicating complex ideas in an efficient way; it takes a great many words to describe the simplest of images”

“Cut the amount of content we intend to include on a slide or resource; chunk the information into headings that stand out”

Futurelearn.com, 2021

Using a combination of both of these, ideas we’ve managed to create a slide that’s quick to the point and comes across as clear as possible. Here you can see the brief description of the job and company as well as some images of their logo and most well known games within the industry. (See Figure 3)

Figure 3

I think that I managed to learn quite a bit about how important it is to condense information when making something such as a presentation, I learnt that with things such as Dual Coding Learning Theory that there are better and simpler ways to get messages across.

This was fairly important for this lesson, as we were given a 20 minute time limit to do our presentations, so we had to focus on getting our message out as clearly as possible rather than outputting as much information that can overwhelm the readers.

I think that maybe if I were to try and do another presentation, then I should focus more on getting a good balance between text and images. As although we shortened most of our work, we didn’t provide as much images to show to our audience.

Bibliography

skillsyouneed.com, (2021. Top Tips for Effective Presentations | SkillsYouNeed. [online] Skillsyouneed.com. Available at: https://www.skillsyouneed.com/present/presentation-tips.html [Accessed 11 February 2021].

FutureLearn. 2021. An introduction to Dual Coding Theory. [online] Available at: https://www.futurelearn.com/info/courses/technology-teaching-learn-ing/0/steps/53322 [Accessed 11 February 2021].

Sumeracki, M., 2019. Dual Coding and Learning Styles — The Learning Scientists. [online] The Learning Scientists. Available at: https://www.learningscientists.org/blog/2019/6/6-1 [Accessed 11 February 2021].

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