The conference had a very interesting start when a number of head teachers joined in a ‘Pecha Kucha’ session. This is an interesting and unique way of giving a presentation. The rules are simple but strict – each power point presentation must consist of exactly 20 slides and each slide must be timed to stay on the screen for exactly 20 seconds before automatically moving on. This idea originated in Tokyo in 2003 to allow young designers to meet and share their work. The words Pecha Kucha mean ‘chit chat’. The idea has spread and there are a number of ‘Pecha Kucha’ nights held in cities across the world.
Although the concept is simple and sounds easy it is far from it. Twenty seconds per slide can seem a long time if you don’t have enough to say and at the time can be most off-putting when one slide moves on to another before you have got your point across. The good thing is that there is little chance of ‘death by power point’ for your audience as each presentation lasts exactly 6 minutes 40 seconds.
Here are just some of the issues and ideas that arose from the presentations:
- Will text books in schools be obsolete by 2020 and be replaced by interactive eBooks?
- Could you replace your school library with a few ‘Kindles’?
- How can we ensure that our children know how to use the internet safely?
- What can you do to stop people using social media like Facebook to make malicious comments about others?
- Internet access should be a fundamental right for all. How do we narrow the divide between those who have it and those who don’t?
- How do we make the role of head teachers a more manageable one? At present they are expected to juggle too many plates in the air.