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Great Scott – Pecha Kucha and presentation as an art form

From Nik Peachey and Nicky Hockly to Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer, Barcelona has been home to dozens of TEFL gurus.  It’s also where I first heard about Pecha Kucha: a fun presentation format that limits the presenter to 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide.  No more death by PowerP***t …

Barcelona resident Scott Thornbury delivered one of the most memorable Pecha Kuchas I’ve ever seen on the last night of JALT2012: the ABC of SLA.  Here’s Scott performing the same presentation at KOTESOL 2012:

 

Scott’s blog, An A-Z of ELT, now features in the growing list of Teachers’ blogs on BC Hong Kong.

But why am I posting about a Pecha Kucha about Second Language Acquisition on a blog about learning technologies?  Well, I find it’s a format that lends itself to the ELT classroom – and one that works even better when supported by learning technologies such as the iPad.

I often use SonicPics with my Secondary students to record short presentations.  SonicPics allows each to practise as much as they like before recording their final version.  If each student in a group of five records an 80-second presentation using four 20-second slides the group can combine them into a full Pecha Kucha performance.

Have you used SonicPics or any other presentation tools with your students?  Have you ever tried using Pecha Kucha?  Please share your experiences on our blog.

Look out for more posts about presentation tools on the BC Hong Kong blog soon!

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About davegatrell

Into digital game-based learning in and out of the language classroom. Follow me on Twitter: @legaladvert

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