We are about to begin those final weeks of the academic year, and language teachers (and students) are looking for ways to review and reinforce the learning that has happened during the term. This week in LLU I thought I would share a few tools that I have used in class that we found to be successful on a variety of levels.
How does it work?: PechaFlickr was developed around the same ideas that created PechaKucha: rather than presentations being boring, droning, endless slides read aloud, presenters create 20 slides and are given 20 seconds per slide to say what needs to be said. The result: crisp and succinct presentations with more time for Q & A.
PechaFlickr takes that idea one step further (click on Advanced Settings) and allows the user to create slide shows (using pictures that are open and available on Flickr) based upon a chosen keyword. It also allows you to chose the number of slides as well as the amount of time the per slide.
In this example I used the keyword Colombia, asked for 20 slides with 15 seconds per slide for a 5 minute presentation/ class activity.
The url generator is a nice feature. Once you have chosen the parameters for your presenetation, it allows you to go back and play again. Depending upon the keyword you use it could deliver the same pictures, new pictures, same pictures in a different order, etc
How I used it in class: After modeling a brief demos (5 slides X 20 seconds), I asked students to suggest a keyword and amount of time per slide (the number of slides = the number of people in the room). I told them we were going to create a story as a class, and each person had to add to the story using the slides presented. This first time through we did it going around the room so people could see who was first, second, third…we then did it where they picked a number (PechaFlickr counts the number of slides so they always know where they are in the sequence).
It takes less than 10 minutes to set up and accomplish the activity, and invariably students ask to do it again and again. It is a great icebreaker for the beginning of class as well as a great way to wind down at the end of class).
Have suggestions on how to improve the tool or new ideas on how to use it, let Alan know here.
Great fun and super easy to use. A big woof of thanks to the cogdog for making this happen. Try it out!