The 4 year old test...
When you prepare a presentation, er performance, for any group, may I suggest this:
Prep as if you were going to talk to a class of four year olds
Adults need the same thing, though you won't get the same instantaneous feedback, in terms of involvement and attention.
My daughter's nursery school has a program called "Star of the Week. " Each parent is invited to come in to do an activity with the class.
I elected to create a digital movie with them as the co-creators and main stars.
I knew, however, that the attention span of a 4 year old can be very limited.
I scripted out each step and prepared vigorously for it, knowing that any glitch or hesitation could cause me to lose my audience.
I got there early to set up.
Here's my checklist:
- confirm activesync bluetooth connection between Phone and PC
- open Phone to pictures folder (Computer\T-Mobile Dash\Storage Card\My Documents\My Pictures)
- open One Note
- confirm tablet ink is working properly
- open up audio recording for One Note
- open Paint
- open MovieMaker
- hook up speakers
- hook up projector
I knew that involvement was the key. It had to be a dialogue.
"Do you guys like to watch movies and DVD's?"
"Good, because today you are going to help me make a movie."
And here's the script I used to make sure that everything flowed smoothly.
Start in One Note
Give four kids a chance to draw in one note
Copy picture to Paint
Save to CDE star folder
Begin recording in One Note
Let 3 kids sing in one file
Save to CDE start folder as .wma
Take pictures of kids on camera phone
Take pictures of 4 kids
Show them the picture on the phone
Refresh the folder on the PC
Show them "like magic" how the picture moves from the phone to the PC
Move pictures to CDE star folder
Import all media to Movie Maker
Start in Storyboard
Let 4 kids choose the order of the pictures
Let 2 kids choose effects from these four (3d ripple, ease out, ease in, spin)
Add transitions (Let 2 kids choose the transitions)
Import the previously recorded song (from one note)
Let 1 kid choose the music
Put in the Title/Credits in (the names of the students)
Show the movie
Sounds extreme, but I'll say this...
They made me show the movie 4 times! (we changed it a little bit each time, too for fun)
By the 3rd time, there were 16 kids dancing to the soundtrack.
And, in spite of it all, there was one kid who said "I'm bored of watching the movie."
If you can keep a class of 4 year olds engrossed (for the most part), then you can keep a room full of adults hooked!