Pecha Kucha
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What is Pecha Kucha?

Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha, peh-cha ku-cha, or pet-shah coot-shah) is Japanese for the sound of conversation (chatter) and represents a fast-paced series of presentations. The idea behind Pecha Kucha is to keep presentations concise, the interest level up and to have many presenters. Think of it as presentation haiku--a highly structured environment for expressing ideas concisely and clearly. A pecha kucha presentation consists of limited slides, limited seconds per slide, and limited "stage" time for a streamline fast-paced presentation style. A big part of what makes pecha kucha fun is having multiple presenters and the energy that comes from sharing in this way.

Pecha Kucha Ideas for Learning:

  • To jigsaw learning - Every group contains lots of expertise as well as willingness to purposefully take time to learn and share something new for their peers. It both inspires and celebrates the "wisdom of the crowd" benefits if everyone is a learner for themselves as well as others. Intermittently, it can be enlightening for everyone to refresh thinking as well as experiences with new ideas, tools, concepts and possibilities from their colleagues and peers. Members select a topic, tool, or idea that will be of interest to their projects or group - take time to learn or understand what is needed to know - then bring back the essence of something new "pecha kucha" style.
  • For learning assessment - At the conclusion of a learning unit or session, have each learner present a pecha kucha-style summary of what they learned. Could be a lot more fun and interesting than a test or other assessment format.
  • To support reflective practice--As part of creating the culture of reflective practice, consider setting up regular pecha kucha events (lunch time, a Friday morning meeting) where staff are encouraged to share something they've learned related to a particular theme or to share a problem they're experiencing. This could also be used to de-construct a completed project or to reflect on an experience the team has shared.