Pecha Kucha, What a Novel Idea!

As I was doing research and preparing for an upcoming professional development session I will be presenting at the end of July, I came across something that I was completely unfamiliar with.  The Pecha Kucha Presentation. The name stuck out to me so much that I had to investigate it further.  In that investigation I found out the following:

  • The format was created in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham
  • In 2004 cities across Europe began to hold PechaKucha nights where individuals could step up and present their own creations in the format
  • Each presentation consists of 20 slides.
  • Each slide is shown for only 20 seconds.
  • Total running time should be 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • This keeps presentations concise and fast-paced.
  • This allows for a multitude of presenters to speak on a given Pecha Kucha night.
  • Presentations are usually on something that the presenter feels very passionate about.

I was extremely fascinated with this idea. I wanted to see what this looked like.  When I searched YouTube for examples, I found a lot.

This example is a PechaKucha that explains what a Pecha Kucha is (how novel):

This example looks at the SAMR Model (I love the SAMR Model!) to make your teaching better:

Imagine an entire class or grade level of students creating their own Pecha Kucha presentations on various topics and presenting them at a Pecha Kucha night hosted by the school? Imagine the impact of all these students sharing with their classmates in such a fast-paced format? The power this places in their hands is tremendous.