Week 7: Pecha Kucha Project Reflection

Judging by the ages of my current students, I feel that I’ll need to assist them in their choice of software for this project.  Recently I’ve become curious about Scratch, the software designed by MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group & National Science Foundation in 2006.  It was developed to use in after-school settings, and it’s currently used widely in many public library after-school youth programs in many American public libraries.  Scratch “allows users to bring digital images, sounds, and music all together and save these as an interactive presentation” (Braafladt & Nelson, p. 27).

The authors offer two workshop models: formal workshops and open studios.  In my opinion, the open workshop model, because of its loose structure, will retain the integrity of Pecha Kucha by encouraging an organic atmosphere of collaboration.  Tech-savvy students will get the opportunity to build leadership skills as they offer guidance to less-experienced group members.

I envision having approximately 10 minutes at the beginning of each session to provide an overview of how Scratch works, then giving participants the option of visiting my area for extra guidance when needed.  Braadfladt & Nelson refer to this strategy as “just-in-time” teaching (p. 55).

Here are some links to help me get started with Scratch:

Learn Scratch

Scratch Beginner’s Guide


Scratch Getting Started Guide

Scratch Video Tutorials

During the Andrew Churches workshop, Mitch and I discussed the various formats students could use to create their video story.  I think providing this software as an option will hopefully encourage students to use a more well-rounded multimedia tool in their presentations.

Here’s a guideline about PechaKucha presentation tips I found on YouTube:

Here’s a presentation Ropy Davits made in a JALT conference in Nagoya in 2010.  It gives tips on using PechaKucha in the classroom:

Works Cited.

Braadfladt, Keith and Jennifer Nelson.  Technology and Literacy: 21st Century Library Programming for Children & Teens.  Chicago: American Library Association, 2012.

Davits, Ropy.  Pecha Kucha in the Classroom.  YouTube.  Accessed March 29. 2012.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x5FB2mxvZY&feature=related

Richie, Richard.  Pecha Kucha presentation tips.  YouTube.  Accessed March 29. 2012.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAZ_8UJUpno&feature=related

One thought on “Week 7: Pecha Kucha Project Reflection

  1. Susan, thank you for sharing about the software Scratch. I will definitely explore it for use in our school for the after-school activities program. I have liked the presentation tips shared by Richard Riche. I like Pecha Kuchha style presentations due to the fact that 20 seconds and 20 slides make it just enough, neither too long nor too short for us to convey our message to the audience. Nice post.

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