This week, DigiKnow wanted to demonstrate a real-life example of alternative slide presentation. The Pecha Kucha.

This is a style of presentation developed by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. The concept is to maximize the exchange of concepts in a short space of time.

The Pecha Kucha name originates from Japan and means ‘chit chat‘.

It is considered a storytelling format but this style of presentation can be used to pitch ideas in business as well as being a novel form of assessment in education. It’s a way of quickly and succinctly delivering the relevant information in a limited time. The presenter has to decide upon and prioritise what they want to deliver.

Did I mention there’s no text on the slides?

The slides are made up 100% of images. Here, you need to consider Copyright and/or Creative Commons images. Images should be relevant to your topic.

To help you out, the following Creative Commons sites can be used. Do look for the CC0 license and remember to credit each author.

So how is a Pecha Kucha conducted?

This is the interesting bit. A Pecha Kucha is a presentation of 20 image slides with narration of 20 seconds per slide. That’s 20 slides x 20 seconds. In terms of time, that’s a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

Have a look at the video below to get an idea of how the Pecha Kucha looks.

Narration can be quicker and do consider we all speak at different speeds, faster when nervous. A rough gauge is 120/130 spoken words per minute on average.

In my example here, I talk around what the Pecha Kucha format is, where it can be used in business and in education as an assessment method.

It’s a versatile format. This week included quite a number of visuals and we want to expand upon the use of images, visual data and best practice next week. We look forward to you joining us on the next DigiKnow blog post.



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