Today I shared a seven minute “Pecha Kutcha” presentation with my “Technology 4 Teachers” students on the topic, “What I hope you learned this semester in our class.” I recorded the audio with my Sony UX-71 digital audio recorder and uploaded / synchronized that mp3 file to my slides on SlideShare this evening:
A “Pecha Kutcha” presentation typically includes twenty slides, and the presenter has twenty seconds per slide to share a story or discuss a topic related to that image. For their final presentation projects, my students are creating their own Pecha Kutcha presentations about topics they self-select. This has proven to be a GREAT activity to focus on digital literacy, good websites for obtaining copyright-friendly / Creative Commons images (like Compfight and FlickrStorm) as well as work on our oral presentation skills. Lots of creativity shown by my students this week in their presentations! These were the topics I addressed in my pecha kutcha:
1. high expectations / dreaming big
2. digital learning
3. blogging (individual and team)
4. hyperlinked writing
5. embed media (images, videos, Google Docs, VoiceThread)
6. geo-apps (Google Maps)
7. wikis (Google Site)
8. online surveys (with SMS, Poll Everywhere, Google forms)
10. Digital newspapers
11. Microblogging (Twitter)
12. Value of content creation (new Bloom’s)
13. Value of sharing (Diigo, Twitter, open web publishing)
14. Value of backchannels
15. Value of PBL
16. Value of online video
17. Power of visual images (VoiceThread, Pecha Kutcha and Presentation Zen)
18. copyright understanding and respect
19. Importance of co-learning and failure
20. Importance of making a difference!
The complete curriculum for our “Technology 4 Teachers” course is available online in a Google site.
Our focus on utilizing “full-bleed” / full screen images during presentations and eliminating text entirely from our PowerPoint / Google Presentation slideshows seemed particularly appropriate today, following Monday’s article in the New York Times, “We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint.” I highly recommend Garr Reynold’s book, “Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery” for great ideas along these lines for improving the media presentations you and your students share with others.
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