Minds On

Delivering a presentation

3 large pyramids and 3 smaller ones. In the foreground, a few people are heading toward the pyramids.

Imagine you are being asked to deliver a presentation on the Pyramids of Egypt to a group of peers. How might you use visual or auditory aids to enhance your presentation?

You can use the mind map provided or a method of your choice to record your ideas.

Complete the Presentation Mind Map in your notebook or using the following fillable and printable document to record your ideas about visual or auditory aids you can use for your presentation.

Presentation Mind Map Press the ‘Activity’ button to access the Presentation Mind Map. Activity (Open PDF in a new window)


Presentation aids

Often, presenters rely on the enhancement of visual or auditory aids to strengthen the message and information they are communicating.

The following are examples of aids that are often used in presentations:

  • presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint, Google Slides, Storyboards)
  • verbal cues (tone, volume, pace, speed)
  • sentence structure, word choice (humour, irony, figurative language)
  • images
  • charts or graphs (infographics)
  • photographs
  • videos
  • headlines or text
  • costumes and props
  • artifacts or concrete materials
  • sound effects

Explore the following two short presentations. For each presentation, determine the following:

  • What presentation aids were used? (auditory/visual)
  • How were they used?
  • How did they enhance the presentation?

Access the following TVOK News video to explore a short presentation about new dinosaur discoveries.

Now explore another TVOK News video with a short presentation about a massive cave discovered in the province of British Columbia.

Student Success


Let's explore the TVOK News presentations! Record your thoughts in the following fillable and printable "Presentation Aids Analysis." You can also complete this activity in an audio recording, or using another method of your choice.

You can use the Visual and Auditory Aids Checklist at the end of the Action section to help with this activity.

Press the ‘Activity’ button to access Presentation Aids Analysis. 

Note to teachers: See your teacher guide for collaboration tools, ideas and suggestions.

Creating a presentation

Imagine that you are being asked to deliver a presentation to your teacher, a friend or a group, about a subject area of your choice. The purpose of the presentation is to inform others about something that you have learned in that subject area.

Complete the following:

  • choose the topic
  • choose your audience
  • choose three presentation aids that you will use and consider the following questions: How will you use them? Why did you choose these? How will they enhance your presentation?

Use the following checklist to help you identify the visual and auditory aids you can use for your presentation.

Visual and Auditory Aids Checklist

As you plan for your presentation, record your ideas in an audio recording or using a method of your choice.

When you are ready, record your short presentation using a method of your choice.


Suggestions for a presentation

Explore the following video with a short presentation. Use the next checklist of possible aids to suggest ways to enhance this presentation through the use of visual and auditory aids. For each aid that you suggest, explain how it should be used and how it would enhance the presentation.

Record your thoughts using a method of your choice.

Visual and Auditory Aids Checklist

Access the following Ontario Hubs episode entitled “Woman Truckers Wanted” to examine the presentation for this activity.

Future presentations

For the next time that you present, which of the visual aids (or auditory aids) that you explored during this lesson are new to you but you are excited to use in the future? How will you use this aid?


As you read the following descriptions, select the one that best describes your current understanding of the learning in this activity. Press the corresponding button once you have made your choice.

I feel…

Now, expand on your ideas by recording your thoughts using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.

When you review your notes on this learning activity later, reflect on whether you would select a different description based on your further review of the material in this learning activity.