Class Presentation Assignment

Class Presentation Assignment
CIS 110A – Intro to Computers
To Be Presented in Class on Monday, November 23, 2015
Students have been randomly divided into teams to work together on a collaborative
presentation. Topics from the Discovering Computers textbook have been assigned to the
following teams:
Website Evaluation (page 101): Maya Wilson, Erica Hildebrand, Brooke Fletcher, Alexis Hobson
Printer Comparison (page 333): Dante Foye, Davette Campbell, Taylor Lickliter, Tori Kelley
Mobile Device Batteries (page285): Jordan Maye, Trevor Poole, Terrelle Owens, Mariah Quintero
Desktop Operating Systems (page 413): Kyle Valentine, Erik Autry, Bre Winston
Implementing Biometric Security (page 245): Marcello Betances, Jesslyn Bader, Manuela Tsra
General Guidelines
Presentations should be between 10 and 12 minutes
Each team member is expected to participate
Presentations should include original PowerPoint slides
(If a video clip is included, it should be no longer than 2 minutes)
Begin by meeting with your teammates and exchanging contact information. Discuss the scope of
your assignment. Develop a strategy for researching your topic. Each team member should be
responsible for researching a specific area of the topic. Develop a statement that outlines each
team member’s area of responsibility, have each member sign it, and submit it to the instructor
by end of class Monday, Nov. 16.
You may use the class periods on Monday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 18 to work on the
project – you will also be expected to work individually and as a team outside of class.
Set deadlines for your team members and meet them. For example, you might want to have each
member have the research phase of the project completed by Monday or Tuesday of next week.
Each member can then focus on distilling your research into a 3 or 4 minute presentation
message, developing slides, and integrating your part of the presentation into a cohesive whole
with the others’.
Individuals should email the instructor any source materials they used in preparing their part
in the presentation. This can include articles, websites, books, etc.
Presentation Evaluation
Students will evaluate both their teammates’ performance and the performance of the other
groups using the Participation and Presentation Form.
The instructor will evaluate the presentation according to the following criteria:
 Content – How thorough is the presentation? Does it adequately cover the topic?
 Organization – Is the group well-prepared? Is the presentation easy to follow?
 Effectiveness – Was the group effective in communicating their message? Did the
PowerPoint emphasize or illustrate the key points without becoming a distraction?
The presentation should begin by summarizing the topic. Develop the theme just as you would if
you were writing a paper. Discuss the sources you used, the methods you used to arrive at
conclusions, and work towards a supported conclusion by the end of the presentation.
At the end of your presentation, ask your audience (the class) if they have any questions.
Don’t get too bogged down in the PowerPoint. PowerPoint is just an aid to communication, not
the message itself. Don’t overload the slides with too many bullet points or too much content.
The PowerPoint should be used to emphasize key points and illustrate important ideas and
Give reasons for your conclusions. If you think Printer A is a better choice than Printer B, tell us
why. Use your source materials to bolster your conclusions.