Students are studying the Grapes of Wrath in an AP English class. The teacher was looking for a new, fresh way for students to present a project on a “present day turtle”. After presenting the Pecha Kucha model to him, he was sold.
Students came in and we showed a short video introducing the background and format of Pecha Kucha. We made a list about things we hate about Powerpoint presentations that “suck”. Too much text, predictable formats, reading from the slides, incessant blah blah blahing.
After reviewing the format and assignment, we watched a real Pecha Kucha about tacos in KC to loosen them up a bit. We talked about tone, image choice, and analyzed the presentation. View the Kansas City Taco presentation here!
Pecha Kucha Karaoke
Now we come to the really fun part. I borrowed 5 Powerpoint presentations from Slideshare and cropped them down to five slides. We assigned students a Powerpoint and group to speak on for 20 seconds per slide. The goal of this was for students to loosen up and feel what 20 seconds feels like. Students were given about 10 minutes to prepare and then they had to present in from of the class. I “set up” a couple of presentations with things I knew might affect the effectiveness of their presentation. For example, one of the presentations had sentences on it and undoubtedly every group read straight from the slide. Another example had an unclear picture which nobody knew what it was. All the presentations required different tones for the presenter and we spoke about that.
Image Searching and Copyrights
Over the next couple days students will be digging for the ultimate 20 slides for their presentation. We will work on citing sources for photos and finding images licensed for their use.
After all the prep work, students will create their presentation, practice, and officially present in the Fixed Forum (kind of like a small auditorium). There will be guests from the community as well as their classmates there to watch.