We spent some class time discussing what a presentation should look like and make makes a successful presentation...but obviously not enough.
At first I was disappointed in some of the presentations giving by students. So many just read from the screen and so many failed to make any eye contact at all. There were groups that were barely audible and others that giggled the entire time. In reflecting, I got over my initial disappointment. My kids did AMAZING things with this project. This was their (and my) first taste of PBL and they worked so hard and learned so much...I'll consider that a success. I know adults that read presentations from slides in a powerpoint...so, yes some of my twelve year olds that had never given a presentation did it...and that's okay.
At the same time, I do think speaking to an audience is an invaluable skill and something I thought deserved more class time...so I uploaded videos of presentations to youtube and created playlists for each class. Students had the chance to watch their own presentations and the presentations of classmates and review them using this checklist (it goes along with the powerpoint I shared earlier).