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Metaphoria – the Pecha Kucha Version!

Alright, time for me to switch it up a bit. I know much of what I write here has been in rather a formal voice – some might say wordy or stodgy!  :-)  So I thought I’d pop in this small post which is similar in theme to this previous post.

This Pecha Kucha presentation was developed for a session at the ECOO 2010 conference in Toronto and was replicated the other evening for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s PLP event.

I decided to put in video format. It’s short. Less than seven minutes.


(Oh yes, in deference to accuracy, many of the examples I use are similes not metaphors!) How’s that Adam? ;)

Have you ever tried the Pecha Kucha format with your students?  It’s awesome.  I got the idea originally from Garr Reynold’s book – Presentation Zen. It’s very difficult but has some excellent benefits.  The format is basically 20 slides/20 seconds and they should auto-advance. The slides should be well-designed – mostly graphical and so aimed at the right brain. The ‘speech’ for the left.

Try it!

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About peter skillen

I am currently Manager of Professional Learning with the YMCA of Greater Toronto. Over 40 years of experience in the teaching profession includes 13 years as an elementary school teachers and 18 years as a Computers in Education consultant with Toronto District Schools. I was also privileged to be a founding teacher and manager at the YMCA Academy – a secondary school serving youth who prefer an alternative approach. From 2000-2003 a well-known constructivist educational software company contracted me as Lead Designer of Journal Zone - a collaborative online journal. I have been involved in project-based telecommunications since the early 1980s and continue to explore deep applications of the latest Web 2.0 technologies. iEARN-Canada – a network that connects youth around the world for the purpose of social action – has graciously accommodated me on their Board of Directors. I also serve as a member of the International Committee and as ambassador with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In Ontario, we have an organization for teachers interested in effectively integrating technologies into their classroom practice. The Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) is in its 31st year and I have been active in planning its conferences for most of that time. My passion for educational change is greatly influenced by observing the ways in which people learn in 'out of school' environments. Love…rock-climbing, motorcycles, mountains, oceans…yeah, adventures – even at my age!!


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