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Click on: Then I took the chance….
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“The Raven” is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore”. The poem makes use of a number of folk and classical references. (Wikipedia)
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There are various medium and tools of communication and if we are to accomplish our goal, we should adopt the most suitable means and utilize it appropriately. We are not taking about the tools and medium per se, what we shall be stressing on is how these tools can be use efficiently and maximum benefit derived from them. If I would like to make a presentation to high school students; should I employ any type of tool irrespective of their age and interests as well as their level of understanding? So, for my presentation to obtain the desired goal, I might be looking at some of the following factors:
Age and educational level of the audience-
Making a presentation by using medium and tools which are not compatible with the age and educational level of the audience is as worthless as pouring water on duck’s back. Is n’t that a wasted effort? It is definitely. As we would n’t want to run into this mess; so we should choose materials that are suitable and appropriate for our audience.
Using different backgrounds to attract their attention-
If your audience are teenagers, I might perhaps use backgrounds which I know is of their interest so as to capture their attention. This necessary to get them focused on what you are about to present.
Using Multimedia to their interest
In using text, graphics and sound, choose what is of interest to your audience. What is of significance to adults might not seem so for teenagers. As I mostly deal with teenagers, Iusually use texts, graphics and sound that are compatible with their interest. To help them memorize the human body parts I would use the photo of a popular footballer indicating the names of the different body parts. In so doing, I may diversify the slideshows by using various types of multimedia. This way you can get them interested and focused through out the presentation while getting maximum benefit. If there is any contribution in relation to this please feel free to include it in the comment section.