It seems like there’s an app for just about everything currently, and that includes apps to assist with teaching public speaking. In this article, we are going to look at three of the best apps out there for the evaluation and preparation of speeches. These apps can help your child!
The Android app Evaluate Me makes it easy to receive feedback on public speaking by collecting and presenting the evaluation results in an easy to use digital format. The evaluators have three areas they focus on: what they liked, where there is room for improvement, and an additional comments they might want to provide. The speaker then electronically receives a summary of all the evaluations.
This is a great tool to use as part of a class in public speaking, making the evaluation process much easier. It also takes the focus on mistakes that that the child may make, which is believed by many to be the primary reason that people dread public speaking, by avoiding numbers and instead focusing on written comments.
Speeches is an iOS by Jennifer Venhorst is a great tool for both experienced and beginning public speakers, including your child. It helps you to prepare your notes by either entering them directly or importing them from a document, which will then be in the form of cue cards when your child are ready to begin their speech. It also allows you to practice timing, which is great when your child is trying to prepare a speech with a time limit. It also allows you to email the speech to get feedback form participants. Speeches also includes an onscreen meter showing how much of the speech (cue cards) is still remaining. And, the app can be downloaded for free from iTunes.
SmartMouth Public Speaking Toolkit that walks your child through the steps of preparing a speech. Working with a template, it helps you to put together the various pieces of a good speech. It includes a “how-to” section, and journal section for your child to jot down ideas on introduction material or future speeches, and the actual speech section. You can also export a speech, perhaps to prepare slides for it or print it out. You can download it from iTunes for $1.99.
This article is only supposed to talk about the 3 best apps, but there is one app you already have that can help your child immensely with public speaking. One of the best ways to teach public speaking is to have your child record their speech on video, using something as simple as their smart phone camera to tablet webcam, and then watch it. This helps to see themselves from the viewpoint of the audience, get used to see and hearing themselves on video, and prepares them for later in life when they may be part of online meetings courses.
Public speaking can be frightening, but there are apps available to take the fear and confusion out of the process for your child, helping them to develop their skills and build their self-confidence at the same time.
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.