Peer Learning

  • How did you plan your mini-lesson?

We set up a group on whatsapp where we communicated with each other about the project. We also set up a google drive folder where we could all access the powerpoint and edit it.

  • What were the key points you wanted to get across?

We wanted to make it clear what the topic was/about simply because it was the main keypoint in the presentation. In addition to this, other key points were used such as media language to show our initiative towards the project. We also showed similarities/contrast between the other topics that groups we were using.

  • How did you decide to communicate them?

As our topic, figure/ground relationship, was based around imagery we tried to include a lot of images showing examples of figure/ground within the presentation. Linking in the points we were speaking about with the images we were showing allowed us to communicate our key points.

  • What assumptions have you made about what we already know?

Figure/ground uses the concept of recognising objects through vision, and though they may not know the term for it, it is common to see images that use this concept. The most common example is when there are two different ways an image can be perceived depending on how you look at it.

  • How interactive was your mini-lesson? How was the audience meant to participate?

We allowed the audience to participate by showing images that can be perceived as depicting different things depending on how you look at them and asking the audience what it is that they see in the image, this initiated a lot of discussion amongst people and made them involved in the presentation.

  • What questions have you planned to ask your audience? How open were those questions? What type of questions (Right-there, Between-the-lines or Opinion-needed questions)?

We asked the class questions based on what they can see in the images we exhibited in the presentation. I would say we asked open questions instead of closed because we let the class have their own opinion rather than giving them a restricted response.

Delivery

  • What role did visuals (eg: slides) play in your mini-lesson?

We used a powerpoint presentation with a wide variety of images showing examples of figure/ground relationships. There are many different ways that images can use this concept so we made sure to find as many examples of it as we could, especially those using negative space as this is something commonly used in web design.

  • What role did each team member play in delivering the mini-lesson

We all contributed towards both creating and presenting the presentation.

  • How did you practice your mini-lesson?

We practiced our mini-lesson by going through each slide of the powerpoint and deciding which areas we were going to focus on and what we were going to talk about on that slide. We also made sure we knew what each image was representing and showing so that we were able to ask the audience to guess.

  • How did your mini-lesson start? How did you hook your audience?

We started the presentation by introducing the theme and telling the audience what it was about. We hooked the audience by showing visuals to engage the audience rather than giving the audience a large block of text to read.

  • What was your body language like? Consider facial expressions, movements of the arms, eye contact with the audience, and posture.

We made sure that we were standing either side of the screen so we could easily point out parts of the slide if we needed to, and made sure we were constantly facing the audience whilst speaking so they felt as if we were speaking to them and made sure to use our arms whilst speaking to make what we were saying more engaging. Eye contact was used when people were contributing towards the presentation for instance guessing what was in a certain image.

  • What was your voice like? Consider speed of delivery, pausing, volume and pitch

I believe that we had power in our voices to engage the audience and we didn’t consistently say ‘erm’ or ‘umm’ to break up sentences. I believe that we presented the mini lesson with confidence.

  • Written by me and Shajee