Theme: Pecha Kucha

15 x 15. Fifteen Slides — Fifteen Seconds

For our first project we will be creating a Mini Pecha Kucha. Normally a Pecha Kucha has 20 slides that are visible for 20 seconds. We will reduce our slide and time to 15 slides, 15 seconds.

Pronunciation: In Japanese it is pronounced pe-cha-ku-cha (ie as written) with equal stress on each of the 4 syllables


pecha-kucha in the classroom A bit of Background



Click Here and read Ten Tips for Pecha Kucha


Here’s some more:

The idea: Start with an idea. Pick out an idea in what you are about to talk about that has the potential to make a positive change in people’s lives or in school environments.  Tell us that you know of an idea that can change things in school or in our lives–something that can change things for teachers, learners, for all of us.

Find your idea, and then figure out how to convey your idea convincingly to others.

Think about using story: incorporate a story into your presentation. Or make your presentation a story. Stories resonate with people.

Don’t read: simplify your ideas enough that you can share them with us without reading anything. Practice telling a friend what you have to say. Break your talk up into a few points and then talk about them. If you want to convince your friend about something, or to get them fired up about something, you wouldn’t pull out a piece of paper and read your idea to them. (Having said that, if you need a cue card, use it).

Try to internalize your idea and communicate your idea so that your audience will want to adopt it–to agree with you, to work to develop something worth changing.


As you spend some time looking at some Pecha Kuchas you will notice a few things.

1) Passion

Listen to how the speakers begin their talks. They seem to: “be so fascinated,” “want to make a change or a contribution,” “find wonder or beauty,” “have a passion,” “know something so interesting it is worth sharing with others,” etc. One of the difficult things about being a teacher is appearing to be passionate when you are not feeling passionate–especially when someone else gives you the topic. But this is not to say that we are incapable of finding some aspect that is interesting and important–especially when it comes to teaching and learning. We just have to find that piece that might just make a difference in the world of schooling.

So, share with us your fascinating ideas or insights. Encourage us to find the value, wonder or beauty in what you have to say. Of course, you have to be able to find the value or wonder in what you are presenting to us.

Is there something in what you have to say that sparks some passion in you? I hope so. If you are thinking of being a teacher, then you are planning on devoting a huge part of your life to being in the presence of others and sharing what you know with them. You have to have some sort of vision. You have to find that spark of interest in what you are planning to share. Regardless of the topic, if it has to do with schooling and education, there is a connection to you.

2) The rate of delivery

Listen to the speed at which speakers present their topics. Not too fast–not too slow.

3) The content

Not too much–not too fast.

4) The argument (or the story, or the reason you share what you share)

Notice how each speaker has a bit of a story. They are not just presenting facts and findings, they are crafting the talk much like a little story–a short story, with a beginning, middle and end.

5) The Question. A bit like talking with your friend, “Oh, did you hear this?” or “I have to share this with you!”

Notice how many of the speakers begin with a question or a little scenario. We can’t help engaging with a questions and scenarios.

6) Block out your ideas and then talk about them. Contrast the ‘is’ with the ‘could be.’  And then again, the ‘is’ with the ‘could be.’

If you limit the number of ideas you are going to share, you will find it easier to tell us.

7) The call to action.

Let us know what we should be doing, or thinking, to make the world a better place. Encourage us to act or to think differently.


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