One of my favorite guilty pleasures is to watch music videos on You Tube or Vevo with my kids. We enjoy listening to our favorite classics and making fun of those insane outfits and hairstyles. I guess I enjoy watching music videos because it was a huge part of my teen years with the launch of something revolutionary called MTV or Music Television. Now for those of you who were not around in those days, MTV was the main source for music videos (VH1 did not exist until 1985) and it allowed me to experience hours of music nirvana. My parents would complain about my sister and I hanging in front of the television, but we were mesmerized by this new form of entertainment.
|When MTV played music videos!|
Okay, what does MTV and music videos have to do with this post? Well, the point I am trying to make has to do with the importance of using multimedia in our school counseling presentations to engage our audience. Not that I am advocating for using a music video in your Power Point or Prezi presentations; however, I am saying that multimedia can make the difference in keeping your audience's attention (just like it had me and my younger sister glued to the television for hours).
Believe me, I am still a novice at presentations, but I want to share a simple tip that seems to work well in most presentations. One of my strategies is to add multimedia clips, videos, or sounds that enhance my presentation and engage the audience. Let me spell it out for you...at the beginning of my presentation, I will use a video that is lighthearted and fun to get the audience to laugh. Later in my presentation, I will incorporate clips that may be more serious or heavier in content (this is the meat of the presentation). At the end, I always finish with a thought provoking video and provide a slide where they can receive more information.
|Grasshopper, mastering a presentations takes practice!!|
Oh, if you want real masters at multimedia, check out these blogs:
The Counseling Geek
School Counsellor Talk
Susan Spellman Cann
Bullied People Who Overcame Adversity
What To Do If You Are Bullied?
Careers/College-The Majors of the Star War Characters
How To Stop Cyberbullying?
Overcoming a Disability
What is FAFSA?
High School Tips for Freshmen
Point of video: Ask questions if you don't understand!
Mental Health Stigma
Peer Helping is not...
This is a good video of showing students why they must practice their skills.
Soft Skills - Enthusiasm & Attitude
Soft Skills - Professionalism
Teens & the Law-Attendance
Teens & the Law-Dress Code
Teens & the Law-Leaving Home
Teens & the Law-Sexting
Transition (Good for transition to college or high school)
Be an Upstander
More Sources for Multimedia:
Movie Clips - Find movie clips to use in your presentations and with your small groups.
Animoto - Customize your videos.
Audiopal - Record your voice to insert in any presentation.
Cartoonize -Make a cartoon of yourself to post on presentations.
Clipgenerator - Create professional looking video clips.
Ez Tracks - Download music for presentations.
Go Animate - Make animated videos.
Magisto - Upload and edit videos.
My Brain Shark - Download and narrate your presentation.
Photoshow - Add music to your photos to make a presentation.
Songza - Search and listen to any band.
Tube Chop - Great tool for cutting out parts of a video that you do not want to use.
Vcasmo - Create a video out of your slideshow.
Voicethread - Add your voice to any presentation.
Wavesaur - Great source for adding music to presentations.
Wideo- Make free animated videos.
See lots more on Cool Tools for School!