PechaKucha

To fulfill your oral competency requirement, we’ll record your voice as you present your PechaKucha to the class.

So what exactly IS Pecha Kucha? It’s a presentation style that was created to go above and beyond the typical (and, sometimes, boring) PowerPoint slide show. While PechaKucha typically uses 20 slides, you will use 10 slides, each appearing for exactly 20 seconds, for a 3 minute and 20 second presentation. A small amount of slides can have words or phrases, but try to limit yourself.

What will you present on? You can choose almost ANY aspect of Brecht’s Galileo and connect it to game play – and include a personal response and connections. Be creative, and have fun with it. Do remember, however, that this is a presentation where you will still need to show off your knowledge on a particular topic, and that this is a chance to see if this presentation format might be of use to you in future academic settings.

Where can I find images? It’s best to use images that are licensed under the Creative Commons – Wikimedia Commons, for example, or Flickr.

What will you turn in? You will turn in one thing to me – an image list/sources page. This will be uploaded to Dropbox as a .pdf on the day you present. Here’s an example. You will save the PechaKucha after your presentation in class (with your audio over it) and we will upload that to fulfill your oral competency requirement on E-Portfolio.

How will this be graded? Glad you asked. You know a rubric is involved, as always. Please note that you should not have a title slide! All 10 slides should be devoted to your presentation and be mostly image-based.

How do I set up the 20-second transitions? Jason B. Jones wrote a blog post on ProfHacker describing how to do this in PowerPoint, and here’s an example of how to do it in Keynote. Remember that the computers we use in the lab and in the classroom are PCs, so you will have to save the slide show (whether you use Keynote or OpenOffice) as a PowerPoint file. I recommend checking to make sure the file converted properly on a school PC prior to the day of presentation. Thus far, we’ve discovered that going to the “Transitions” or “Animations” tab, changing the “Advance Slide” option to “00:20.oo” and clicking on “Apply to All” seems to work on most LaGuardia PCs.

How will I record over my PowerPoint?
Using the app Voice Record Pro for iPhones/iPads (it’s free), you’ll record your presentation in class (just the vocals, of course). After saving the recording, you can convert to mp3 under the options in Voice Record Pro, and then email the mp3 to yourself or save it on Dropbox.

How do I convert my PechaKucha to video? Here are some instructions on how to convert PechaKucha to a video with your presentation voice-over – just click on this file –  PechaKucha to Video directions.

Here are some other tutorials that might be helpful as well: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/turn-your-presentation-into-a-video-HA010336763.aspx, and http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/add-music-to-your-movie. Please note that you need PowerPoint 2010 to save your presentation as a video file.

Can I see some PechaKucha presentation in action? Here are some student examples from Dr. Williams’ University of South Carolina Upstate class site, and one from the PechaKucha site.

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  1. Pingback: Student Pecha Kucha Presentations | Bethany D. Holmstrom

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