Recording and Reflecting On Your Pecha-Kuchas

After you’ve presented in class, you’ll record your pecha-kucha as a narration and make it into a video for the web. Doing so means that this presentation persists, becomes useful outside our classroom, and potentially reaches a wider audience.

Once you’ve recorded your p-k, it should look something like this:

You should not record yourself presenting in front of a screen, but should instead present the p-k as a series of images with a voice narrating them.

The procedure for doing so differs in Mac v. Windows (and each platform has some advantages and disadvantages). If you want to explore other options for recording than the ones described here, for example using screen-casting software to record it, you are welcome to. At the end of the process, you should have a YouTube video that can be embedded on your class blog.

On Windows

Best Option

Your classmate Jeff, from section G2, has prepared a useful set of instructions for recording a screencast of your PowerPoint using free Open Broadcaster Software. Those instructions are here.

Less Desirable Option

Follow the instructions for recording directly in PowerPoint provided by Microsoft here. There are two basic steps:

  • Recording a narration for your presentation and
  • Exporting the presentation as a video.

You will probably need to click to advance your slides using this method… if that is the case, don’t worry about each slide occupying precisely 20 seconds (as long as your presentation is somewhere in the vicinity of 6:40, you’re good to go).

On a Mac

The process here is a bit different. You use QuickTime Player to record your screen as PowerPoint automatically advances your slides. The output here is a video file that can be uploaded to YouTube. Follow these instructions—make sure you select the appropriate microphone before you begin recording.

On Both

If you have any trouble recording, please visit me at office hours or at another time—I’ll get you set up in a quiet room to record. Once you have recorded, you should upload your video to YouTube. If you want to leave it public, feel free to do so. If you prefer to keep it private, set the privacy setting to “Unlisted,” then password-protect your blog post with your section’s password (which I’ll remind you of on Wednesday 10/22).

Reflecting On Your Process

You should embed your video at the top of a new blog post, then offer a 400-500 word reflection on the process of making it. In your reflection, include at least two images from your presentation—explain how the image works in relation to the narrated part of the presentation, and explain how you are doing something with the visual imagery that you couldn’t do in text.

Beyond these close explanations of two slides, write about other aspects of your process. Don’t view this set of questions as a catalogue to be answered in full, but as a series of ideas for aspects of your process you might reflect on: How did you select a topic? How did you narrow that topic? How did you develop an argument based on that topic? How did you select images for your presentation? How did you prepare to present in class? How is the version  of the presentation in class different from the presentation on the web? Did you have to answer challenging questions? How did the focus of the pecha-kucha change as you worked on it? Would you approach any aspects of the project differently if you had to do the assignment again?

Post your video and reflection to your section’s blog by 11:59 p.m. one week after your presentation. If you presented on 10/17 or 10/20, you may have a bit more time—post the videos by 10/28 at 11:59 p.m. In WordPress, mark the post with the category “Pecha-Kucha.”

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