ELO Presentations 2017

One of the cornerstones of an Extended Learning Opportunity is the student presentation. Over the past two years at the ELO Hub students have given a variety of fantastic presentations; from an interactive Power Point presentation on the intricacies of car stereo setup and the ways that sound travels through them, to a faux lawyer’s closing arguments in a mock murder trial, to a beautiful piece of graffiti art on the free wall in Portland, Maine.  

These student led presentations allow students to celebrate, and convey everything they have learned through their ELO’s with friends, family members, and representatives from their sending schools. They serve as a final assessment for the student, as well as a celebration of the students’ hard work throughout the course.  In the spring of 2017 alone we had a student perform an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony to culminate a course in Japanese studies, another student choreograph and perform her own dance technique to culminate a course in dance, and another student display larger than life recreations of prehistoric beasts to culminate a course in Prehistoric Studies. A student who completed a course in Forensic Science came to her presentation dressed as a lawyer presenting to a jury, and presented all the facts of the case using evidence she had studied during the course to guide her “closing arguments.” Another student who was learning to sew and market clothing explained all of the stitches she learned and her marketing plan to the audience at her presentation. One of the biggest projects to date was a student who - over the course of an Early Childhood Development ELO, and a Research-based Writing ELO planned, organized, and delivered on a 5k road race fundraiser, which ended up raising over $1000 for the Autism Speaks charity. The student then came to her presentation and shared what she learned through the process, and how that experience helped to shape her goals for her future.

These are just a few examples of some of the great presentations students have given over the years. The presentations are meant to be fun, but under the surface they give students a great opportunity to synthesize their learning into a presentation which puts brings the rigor and depth of learning involved in a successful ELO to the forefront.