Yesterday, Dana and I were talking about the pecha kucha format for presentations, and I thought I would share some links for those of you who might be interested in finding out more. Pecha kucha is a rigorous format that restricts presenters to 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide. Mark Sample, who assigned his students to create them for a class on graphic novels, found that students’ presentations in this format were more focused and rehearsed than past versions; as he puts it, “the formal constraints paradoxically unleash creativity.”
Jason Jones (Central Connecticut State University) wrote about pecha kucha for ProfHacker.
Mark Sample described his experience with pecha kucha (among other technologies) on his blog, and wrote about an additional rule for student presentations here.
Let us know if you’ve had any experiences with pecha kucha or with other unorthodox student presentation assignments!