Kids Pecha Kucha?

Every year I organize a speech contest.  During this event the students recite poems, speeches, etc.  It is a great way for kids to showcase their talents.  Although many people love and support the contest, I am considering adding a new category…A Pecha Kucha.

Pecha Kucha is a way of presenting with PowerPoint, in which the speaker organizes 20 slides that automatically change every 20 seconds.  This allows the speaker to share thoroughly, however succinctly.

I have been playing around with the idea of student authored Pecha Kuchas for the last 6 months and thought the Speech Contest would be a great event to give it a try.  Here is what I am planning:

  •   3rd -5th grade only (the event is for elementary schools)
  • 10 slides
  • 10 seconds/per slide
  • 1st slide must be and introductory slide
  • last slide must be a conclusion slide
  • the Powerpoint would be shown on large screen on stage
  • the speaker would be on the front corner of the stage
  • cards would be allowed

I think this will showcase the students technology, creativity and public speaking skills, while they participate in a real-world, authentic acitivity.

Now…hmmm how will it be judged?  As you see I have more thinking to do. I’ll keep you posted!

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