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Pecha Kucha Presentations

Learning more about Pecha Kucha…

The first minute of this video shares background information about Pecha Kucha presentations.  Then, it continues with an example to illustrate this specific presentation format.

Planning my presentation…

Last Wednesday, we celebrated our final ECMP class with pizza and Pecha Kucha presentations.   It was the first time I have created this type of presentation, so I had to learn about it before getting started.  For our class, @shareski decided on the presentation format to be either 10 slides timed for 20 seconds each or 20 slides timed for 10 seconds each.  I decided to create my presentation using 10 slides for 20 seconds each.

First, I created a PowerPoint with 10 blank slides and set the timer to change each slide after every 20 seconds.   Next,  I organized my thoughts  and ideas about what I wanted to say during my reflection of ECMP 455.  Then, I searched for pictures to illustrate my ideas.   I had majority of the pictures in my computer files, but I searched for a few more on Flickr.   Finally, I arranged the pictures in order and rehearsed what I was going to say for each picture during my presentation.

Taking it one step further…

After the ECMP class, I wanted to share my Pecha Kucha with everyone reading my blog.  I decided to try using Voice Thread.  I had never used it before, but I wanted to teach myself something new.  It was simple!  I signed up for account, uploaded my pictures, recorded my voice and I was done.  It was easy and very user friendly!  I will definitely use this tool in my classroom for various lessons to record my voice as well as the students’ voices.  It is a great way for students to share their learning and experiences with their peers.  Great self-evaluation and self-reflecting project! The only problem I found was it did not allow me to embed it in my WordPress blog.

If you are interested in listening to my reflections about ECMP 445, click the link below to see my presentation.

My ECMP 455

Pecha Kucha Presentation

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Inspiring Presentation

For our ECMP 455 class, we listened to inspiring stories from Darren Kuropatwa, Clarence Fisher and Kathy Cassidy.  It was amazing to hear what each of these educators are doing with technology in the classroom.  They all teach different subjects and grade levels, yet they have a common vision for their classrooms.  The vision of supporting their students and providing them with the tools necessary for successful learning.

I think the big learning moment for me was that there is no formula for incorporating technology in the classroom.  It will vary from teacher to teacher in how much or how little technology they use with their students.  Personally, I have been searching for someone to tell me what tools I should incorporate and how much technology I should use in the classroom.  I learned from this presentation that the answer is inside of me.  I have to decide as a teacher, what is important to me and what I am comfortable with using in my classroom.  I have to decide what tools to use for supporting my students learning.  Why would I choose not to include technology in my classroom, especially since my job is to prepare students for life long learning and teach them life skills?  I liked the point Kathy Cassidy made about, “I teach my students to live in a digital world.”  I completely agree with her because we are living in a digital world, so we should educate our students about how to use these tools in their lives.

Another important point to their presentation was collaboration.  They all shared comments about how they work with others for creating new ideas and activities in the classroom.  I have definitely learned from taking this class that building a strong personal learning environment (PLN) is very important for expanding my own learning with technology.   Also, I think that because my class is online, I am forced to rely more on my PLN to provide me support and resources for my own teaching and learning.  I think that I am lucky to have this class to develop my PLN and gather great resources before I have my own classroom.

It was very inspiring for me to hear them say start small and slowly build up to using more and more technology with students.   I know that starting teaching is gong to be very overwhelming, especially to try and incorporate technology into my lesson plans.  As a new teacher, I think that it is important to start my career with small goals and slowly take steps into incorporating more technology.

I learned many important things tonight about teaching with technology from these presentations.  Before starting this class, I always thought that teaching technology relies on personal skill level and experience, which I lack  both confidence and skills in.  One of the presenters shared this image below from flickr (by superkimbo) that is very powerful and inspiring to me.

I know that in order for me to succeed in teaching with technology, I need to believe that I can do it as well as develop realistic goals for my classroom.   Also,  I think that I need to reach out for support from my PLN and not be afraid to ask others for help.  I think this image says it all, using technology successfully is a mindset and we all are capable in reaching this mindset if we believe in it! 😀

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Here are links to these wonderful educators classroom blogs: Darren Kuropatwa, Clarence Fisher and Kathy Cassidy