Pecha Kucha is a concise, dynamic presentation style. Presenters present 20 slides that automatically advance after 20 seconds.
Why consider this for classroom use?
- Students are forced to be creative and concise with their presentations and must distill their topic down to the most important pieces
- This format often forces students to think about how to present their topics using imagery and minimal text
- The fast-paced nature of this presentation technique keeps students engaged
Also check out Dr. Richard Edwards’ blog entry on Pecha Kucha:
There are several different pronunciations of 'Pecha Kucha' out there. Two resources I found useful for learning the pronunciation:
- http://forvo.com/word/pecha_kucha/ - Hear the phrase pronounced by Japanese speakers
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf7WUGwuysQ - A YouTube video which explains the pronunciation as well as a bit about the origin of the phrase
Ideas for the classroom
- Consider pairing a PK presentation with a written paper to give students an avenue to hear about other students’ work
- Use a PK series as a part of a group activity. Consider having each member of the group create a PK presentation on a different facet of a single topic, then use the PK presentations from that group to set the scene for larger class discussion
To help Students prepare
- Storyboarding - Suggest students storyboard their slides and talking points before they start looking for imagery. This can be a big time-saver.
- Encourage the use of Images - Due to the rapid nature of these presentations, slides full of bullets are not recommended. The use of images will help the presentation flow smoothly, but where can students find images?
Try the following sources:
Flickr Commons - https://www.flickr.com/commons
Pixabay - https://pixabay.com/en/
Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images
Free Images - http://www.freeimages.com/
- Practice! - Encourage your students to practice their presentation several times before the day they present. The ever-forward nature of this style can be an adjustment for many students.
Pecha Kucha Presentation Examples
PechaKucha.org provides many 20 x 20 presentations to watch as examples.
In addition, the Ignite series of events is a very similar concept: generally 20 slides for 15 seconds each (5 minutes total). Check out some of the Ignite presentations at http://igniteshow.com/ or search for an Ignite group in your area and watch a series in person!
Examples from the 2015 Faculty Conference
Special thanks to our 2015 presenters for presenting and for sharing your slides!
Feel free to download the presentations to get a sense of how they constructed their presentations, and learn a bit about their topics:
- One Student's American Honors Experience (Terry presented using limericks!)
- Terry Voldase, Mercer County Community College
- Native Language Journaling in the Foreign Language Classroom
- Erin Johnson, Community Colleges of Spokane
- Bicycles, Bloomers, and Feminism
- Klara Markus, American Honors
- American Honors Leadership Seminar
- Heather Young and Nick Geremia, American Honors
- Universal Design
- Beth Ritter-Guth, Union County College