To offer a very basic outline of my TED Talk, I intend to structure it much the same as I structure a lot of my writing. It starts with a presentation of the problem (and evidence to support it) with an explanation of from where the problem stems and then a proposed solution (again, with evidence, ideally from one’s own practice). I find this to be a logical structure that most TED Talks follow. If I were to ask my students to do a TED Talk and create a basic pre-writing map for them, those would be the three major boxes I would have them fill in!
My completed graphic organizer would probably look something like this:
As for the technology I will use to realize my TED Talk, I think I will use a Powerpoint to help structure the talk and display images for evidence. I use Powerpoint often when teaching, but I think it’s important that one limits the amount of text on the screen. Your audience should be focused on what you’re saying, not what’s written on the slide. Powerpoint mostly helps to cue me to move between topics and provide a kinetic visual. I plan to record an audio narration that I will dub over the Powerpoint presentation. I have not yet decided whether I will use a video recording of myself. If I do, I will limit it to certain sections depending on what I want to highlight. I think these video recordings can help personalize the content and keep the viewer engaged, but I also think they can be a bit boring if it’s just someone sitting in front of a webcam. We unfortunately don’t have access to the auditoriums of official TED Talks/TEDx.