Do you teach Big History? If so read on...

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 9:11 AM
    Message # 3843857
    Lucy Laffitte (Administrator)

    Do you have a favorite way of teaching one concept in Big History?  Is it a game, or a compelling movie, or a hands-on activity about electromagnetic radiation, or protists, or hominid evolution?  If so, would you like to present your method in a rapid fire and fun "20 slides in 6 minutes and forty seconds" presentation?  

    Why this format?  Because its hilarious, informative, and gets everyone one on the same page quickly.  I attended a national science foundation conference that had several of these (60 minutes each is 9 presentations--hey that's one per threshold!) sprinkled throughout every day of the conference.  

    This format actually has a name.  It's called a Pecha Kucha, with a wikipedia entry and everything: 

    Pecha Kucha (Japanese:chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers multiple-speaker events called PechaKucha Nights.  Here is a website of examples, some good, some bad.

    So if you are brave enough to mix it up like this in Amsterdam, and want to show us how you teach one of your big history concepts in six minutes and 40 seconds, reply to this and we will see if we can convince the conference committee of its merit.  



  • Friday, February 26, 2016 5:14 AM
    Reply # 3845556 on 3843857
    Lowell Gustafson (Administrator)

    This is very cool, Lucy!  Clear, concise, fun, graphical - looks like a great teaching tool!

  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 12:39 AM
    Reply # 3846993 on 3843857

    Yes Lucy this is a very fun presentation model; we do several a year here in Taos featuring the various communities: Native American, Mexican American, art, etc. I was thinking of doing one this fall based on my paper for the IBHA conference. But I don't think I can get that together in time for the conference. Thanks, Richard

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