Teaching presentation with "no tech" visual aids

Akiko Kano

Presentation skills can be taught effectively without the use of personal computers, and students can improve their presentations without high-tech equipment. A practical “no-tech” method used in teaching presentation skills classes which focus on creating and utilizing effective visual aids will be introduced in this paper. “No-tech” visual aids are easy to create and use, but are often more efficient and effective than software slides. They also allow teachers who are often restricted by equipment shortages and the frustration of time-consuming technical problems, to focus on teaching how to make a presentation. The process of creating “no-tech” visual aids helps students understand the importance of organizing their presentations. The key points students learn while they are creating effective “no-tech” visual aids are easily transferred into computer software-based presentations.