20 Ideas for PechaKucha in the Classroom

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Following up on the fascinating post by Tekhnologic providing an interesting insight into the use of the PechaKucha presentation style in a low-tech classroom It’s Time for PechaKucha: Do it with Style, I’ve put together 20 activities inspired by the PechaKucha presentation style that might be used by teachers.

1.

Classical PechaKucha

Ask each student to prepare a PechaKucha presentation keeping to the format of 20 x 20. 

2.

PechaKucha variations

Ask students to prepare one PechaKucha presentation per class – one slide per one student, or

3.

Have students prepare PechaKucha presentations in small teams – a few slides per each student.

4.

Ask students to produce their own visuals with pen and paper. Each student would have to make one image. The images don’t have to be works of art; they can be sketches, charts and graphs, symbols, or words. The images should represent the students’ ideas.   

5.

Have students use objects in their pockets or their bags instead of using images.

6.

Give the name of the topic on the board. Ask students to google and find the images they think reflect the topic most. Ask them to make a photo album of images and present them in class.

7.

Brainstorming

Split students into small teams and have them make a mind map of a given concept. Ask them to make a drawing or find an image that reflects each part of the mind map, and make a PechaKucha presentation of the mind map. 

8.

Opinion Poll

Post several images throughout the room. Ask students to walk around the room, review each image and make an inference based on the images. They should record their responses on post-it notes as they walk around the room. After they have finished, assign one image per student and ask to make a 20/40/60 second summary of the opinions on the pictures.

9.

Post-It Notes Presentations

Split students into teams of four and assign a reading selection to each team. Once everyone has completed the selection, give each student three post-it notes. On each of these notes, each student should write one event or piece of information from the reading selection. Then, the groups of students come together and put all their post-its in sequential order. Once the events are in order, ask students to make a PechaKucha presentation based on the main points they chose from the story.

10.

Arrange students into groups, provide each group with several cut-up strips from the same comic, and ask them to arrange the strips in the correct order. Have each group make a PechaKucha presentation.

11.

Vocabulary PechaKucha

Assign each student a word/phrase. Ask students to create and illustrate a Pictionary page containing the word/phrase and its meanings. Ask students to make a PechaKucha presentation of their pages. 

12.

After students have read a text, ask each student to draw a smiley corresponding to their reaction to the text and make a 20/40/60 second statement:
What I found most interesting/boring/shocking/amusing/irritating/baffling/

incredible/etc. about this text was __________________________________________

Ask your students to present their reactions one by one following the PechaKucha presentation style.

13.

Put students in pairs and provide two images per pair. Ask students to write as many questions they can think of about the image. Then students should exchange the images and answer the questions in writing. Ask them to make a 40-second statement summarizing what they observe.

14.

Take lots of pictures while on a class field trip. Have students write a caption for each picture, post the photos and captions to a Web site to create a virtual field trip/ in the classroom: ask students to describe their tour using the images they took.

15.

Distribute photos and ask students to create thought bubbles for characters in photos. Have students role-play the situations (PechaKucha style). 

16.

Ask your students to photograph a day in the life of their classroom. In a certain period of time, ask students to create a slide show and make a PechaKucha presentation.

17.

Split students into teams and ask them to transform the text and retell a story from the perspective of a given character in the story. Get students to find suitable images and tell their stories PechaKucha style.

18.

Ask students to present their favourite film using 10-15 video snapshots.

19.

Split students into teams of 4 students in each. Ask them to photograph community landmarks, tell a story through the photos, record it and create a 20×20 video about their community.

20.

Or ____________________________________________________________

Please leave a comment if you have any other ways of doing a PechaKucha in the classroom. Happy teaching!

[Image credit: nhulsman, Creative Commons

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