PechaKucha 20×20: The Art of Concise Presentations
Type of technology: iPad or Computer
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: Any
Subject area: Any
While it may difficult to pronounce (pay-CHA-coo-CHA), a PechaKucha is far from difficult to create. PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format during which you show 20 images for 20 seconds each, totaling 6 minutes and 40 seconds. The images advance automatically, and the presenter speaks as the images autoforward. Created in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Tokyo’s Klein-Dytham Architecture, this format encourages presenters to make their points quickly and powerfully, and its name comes from the Japanese word meaning chatter or chitchat.
Have you ever been subjected to an interminable presentation during which the presenter droned on and on, reading word for word from an overly long PowerPoint with minuscule font? Assigning PechaKuchas will save you from this pain and will hold students accountable for knowing the content, not just reading it. The PechaKucha time constraints partnered with the emphasis on quality visuals naturally encourages students to create work that is more visually compelling and faster paced than a traditional PowerPoint. Think of it as PowerPoint transformed into an art form.
To foray into the world of PechaKuchas, it is important to familiarize yourself and your students with the format. The best resource for this is a visit to www.pechakucha.org and watch a number of compelling presentations. This PechaKucha titled Failure by Bob Berkebile serves as a strong example.
Once students are familiar with the format and have chosen or been assigned a topic, they will need to plan, build, and practice their PechaKuchas. Students will benefit from this strong tutorial video, especially because it is presented as a PechaKucha, and it contains a link to a script organizer to help them plan the content. This presentation format also allows for choice in the medium, for a PechaKucha can be created using Google Slides, PowerPoint, Prezi, or Haiku Deck, among other options.
Overall, PechaKuchas allow students to demonstrate their learning using familiar tools in an innovative fashion. Students are afforded choice in the process while they are given sufficient structure and guidance to create the product. Educators will appreciate both the variety of the final products and the consistency of the presentation times for planning purposes. PechaKuchas are informative, entertaining, engaging, and wholly accessible. You may very well find that the most difficult part of adding them to your instructional toolkit is learning how to pronounce PechaKucha proficiently.