You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Scrap paper
Before you begin
- It’s useful if people are aware of this activity when they’re completing their digital maker projects.
Prepare your presentation
- Everyone should decide how they want to present – they may want to go solo, work in pairs, or work in a small group. It’ll probably depend on how they worked on the projects – it’s best if everyone in a group worked on the same project.
- Everyone should choose which project they’d like to present. It doesn’t have to be their biggest success; often making a mistake or having to fix a bug is when people learn the most, and these situations make the most interesting presentations too.
- Everyone should look at the questions in the ‘Notes and handout’ sheet and jot down some notes they can use on scrap paper.
- Everyone should practise their presentation. If people are working in groups, each person should get the chance to talk for a minute or two.
Present your project
- The person leading the activity should let everyone know how the presentations will work. It’s usually best for the presenters to stand by their project and the audience to move, rather than the presenters trying to move their project and set it up again.
- Each group should take it in turns to tell everyone else about their project, and show it off. It’s OK if the demos don’t work perfectly – this happens to everyone sometimes, even the best digital makers!
- After each presentation, the audience should think of any extra questions they could ask. Was anything unclear? Do they want to know more about a detail, like a particular line of code? What made this project unique?
This activity was all about communicating. Being able to share what people have made or learned is a really important part of digital making. Presenting the project is a chance to check that everyone understands what they’ve done and how it works, and listening to other people means they can learn from others’ experiences too. How did people feel before their presentation? How did they feel afterwards? Perhaps some people felt nervous before, while others felt excited. It can be difficult to stand up and talk in front of others, but it usually gets easier with practice.
This activity was also about developing skills. Did reflecting on their projects help anyone to realise what they did well, or what they would do differently in the future? What sorts of skills did people use to make their digital projects? Did anyone learn anything new from someone else’s presentation?
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.