March 31, 2008

My first crack at Keynote and Pecha Kucha

This post was last updated on September 27th, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’ve been interested in the Pecha Kucha format of presentation for a while but hadn’t had the opportunity to try it out. I’m going to have my students from my undergrad class give it a shot as they summarize their experience in this class. The format is designed to provide a concise way to include many presentations in the course of one sitting. (Think about watching 15 incredibly bad Grade 6 PPT’s on their favorite country and you see why we need this)

The pure model is the 20×20 format. 20 slides for 20 seconds for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This has become a fairly common business model. The fact that Dan Pink himself has considered this, lets you know the value of its format.

I’ve modified the format to a 20×9 format so each presentation is 3 minutes.

This was also an opportunity for me to explore Keynote a bit more. While still seeing only a few features that separate it from PowerPoint, I did like the record feature that allowed me to make a quicktime movie. I then uploaded it to youtube.

I really like this format as it forced me to be concise and try and utilize many of the design elements I think are most valuable. I muffed up some of the text and I think I pronounced pecha kucha wrong. But here’s my first crack.

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