Pro-Tip to Add Interaction to a Presentation
Pro-tip: Get some green index cards and some red index cards and pass them out to your class. Tell them that throughout the period they can hold up either card – green for “I get it,” red for “I don’t get it.” If you have time, draw symbols on the cards for color-blind students. Now you can see immediately when people in your class are getting lost, and use that information to adapt your lecture in real time. It’s much easier to see the cards than to analyze the body language of 30 people. Omg, lecture 2.0.
Some people will be hesitant, because this is kind of dorky and kind of risky if you don’t know it. Prompt everyone to hold up one card or the other occasionally. The field of color is easier to register than individual cards, plus you’ll get some more participation from shy people.
Pro-tip: at the beginning, say, “Does everyone understand how to use the cards?” and wiggle your eyebrows suggestively. And by suggestively I of course mean, “suggesting that they should hold up the green card.” They won’t get it at first, but then they’ll laugh and reluctantly hold up their cards. Throw out a few more silly ones like “so everyone read the chapter on thermodynamics, right?” to prompt for the red cards. This’ll give everyone practice with the cards and break the ice.
Pro-wrestling tips: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_wrestling_attacks
Quid-Pro-Quo tip: it means “an exchange that’s pretty much fair.” Who knew?