Some suggestions for writing your Pecha Kucha:

  • Choose a topic on an environmental issue of your choice. What images, data, texts, etc. will you need for the presentation?  You are welcome to pick up the topic you used for the essay, as long as you include new information and a fresh approach to the topic.
  • Outline the goals: Pecha Kucha presentations consist of 20 slides for 20 second each, so maybe break the main topic into four subtopics, five slides each or five subtopics, four slides each. As I suggest on the calendar you might have a few slides describing the problem, a few slides of background, a few slides on ways that problems has been addressed, a few slides on ways old solutions only partially worked or didn’t work at all, and a few slides on solutions you propose. That outline is just a suggestion.
  • Collect images and store them in your WordPress media file making sure you note the source. Alternatively, collect open source images in a file on your computer, making sure you note the sources.
  • Draft an outline using either twenty small sheets of paper or a two-column script format. Here’s are some example scripts:



 Two Column Script: 

Slide Text
Evals I’m showing you this slide to illustrate how bad I have been at power point in the past. These evals are from world lit surveys I taught at Auburn in 2011. I used powerpoint for lecture for the first time in this class & after I received student responses like these, I never used it again. This poor guy hated the slides so much he mentioned it twice
Slide Example Can you blame my students? How boring are these slides? Imagine sitting through lecture with me reading off the text in the boxes & not inviting students to respond, push, or analyze the images. So what can I do differently to engage students?
Sequencing Multimodal Assignments So we’ve just come out of the argument assignments. Environmental literature has a long tradition of expository writing. It also has a long tradition of combing the visual with the oratory. Its my hope that the themes you uncovered in the first essay can be taken up again in the presentation
Jeremiad in larger class sequence I’m showing you this slide to emphasize the placement of the presentations. I think one mistake teachers can make with presentations is making them catchall assignments that come at the end of the semester. Recent scholarship on digital work suggests that presentations may work better mid process. That is to say these presentations are conversation starters and projects through which you can develop ideas
  • Write the narrative to go along with your slide presentation. You can write the narrative on the back of the papers or in the right hand column of the script. For twenty seconds of narration, you need about 30-50 words. The number of words can vary from slide to slide, and will depend on your reading speed and how much you want to use pauses
  • Create a Power Point slide for each image you collected according to your outline and script. Remember: one topic per slide. Remember design criteria we discussed when creating sides.
  • Practice reading your script as you manually click through the slides. You will need to add, delete, and revise slides when you put the images to the narrative.
  • Once you are comfortable with the narrative to image, set power point to “slideshow” at twenty second intervals. Click on transitions, then click on options, put 20 in the field, and then click “apply to all sides”

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