Tag Archives: Pecha Kucha

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SlideShark is the Presentation App to Beat

As I’ve written about before on ProfHacker, I am striving to go paperless at conferences and in the classroom. Aside from saving paper, I simply prefer carrying less with me wherever I go. An iPad or other tablet makes this increasingly possible, but there’s one use for the iPad at conferences and in the classroom that I’ve consistently been disappointed by: running presentations from the iPad.

It’s a breeze to hook up the iPad to a projector with a VGA or HDMI connector, and I love the way t…

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Challenging the Presentation Paradigm with the 1/1/5 Rule

Death by PowerPointA measure of how bad presentations in academia can be is the sheer number of tips and strategies we’ve suggested on ProfHacker, in a recurring series called Challenging the Presentation Paradigm. One of these techniques I’ve used in my classes for several years is the Pecha Kucha format. With 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide, a Pecha Kucha is, as Jason writes, necessarily “SHORT, INFORMAL, and CREATIVE.”

However, as I’ve found out the hard way, a Pecha Kucha format does not necessarily mean st…

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Teaching Extra-Large Classes and the Role of Technology

A CrowdOne of the realities of our economic hard times is that faculty are being asked to do more with less. The place where this hits many of us the hardest is our classrooms, where we’re teaching more students than ever.

In some cases we face chronic enrollment increases, in which class sizes might expand by one or two students progressively every year. In other cases we face acute enrollment hikes, in which a class that was once 27 students is suddenly capped at 40 students, a 50 percent increase in…

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Challenging the Presentation Paradigm (in 6 minutes, 40 seconds): Pecha Kucha

A couple of years ago, I found myself teaching a section of a class that mandated a PowerPoint presentation. (That is, to keep my section aligned with the others, I had to require such a presentation.) Such presentations have some common problems: they’re too long; the student doesn’t seem interested in the topic; there’s too much information on each slide; and they’re under-rehearsed–the last two problems join forces and encourage the student to simply read aloud from the slides.  Plus, you kno…