This past semester while teaching in Merrimack College’s Higher Education Program, I played around with a new assignment for my students. Instead of the standard end-of-the-year “lessons learned” presentation in my practicum class, I had my students do it in a PechaKucha-style format. As you may remember, PechaKucha is 20 slides set to automatically advance every 20 seconds resulting in a presentation that lasts 6 minutes and forty seconds.
At first I was skeptical of assigning my students such a difficult presentation style, some of whom have not had extensive presentation experience, but they all rose to the challenge and exceeded my expectations. Below are 8 students presenting their summary “lessons learned” in their graduate assistantships and coursework….
(Apologies for some of the audio/video quality on these! I was learning!)
“How I Became Superman” by Nick Frias
“What I Learned from Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus” by Melody Smith
“Why I Almost Quit Graduate School” by Train Wu
“Star Wars Episode VI 1/2: Creative Sanctioning” by Ben Woupio
“What I Learned” by Brian Dixon
“What I Learned in Boating (Graduate) School” by Collin McQuade
“Lessons Learned” by Laurel Kazanjian
“My Journey” by Fang Li