Presentation Slam

Great presentations include data and information in real world context that the audience can understand and appreciate.  How do we create a presentation experience like this?  Simple, we form three member student teams to create presentations on a class content / issues in one class period to be presented the next day. We will use the rules of pecha kucha.  This is practice of not just the presentation process but also time management and teamwork, important world of work skills.

The Process

  1. Pick a term or concept
  2. Create a right /left brain friendly presentation
  3. Present in class

Presentation Content

  1. The term or concept
  2. A brief definition
  3. An analogy
  4. An example

Presentation Style

  1. ‘Left brain’ content detail will be connected with ‘right brain’ context or ‘big picture’
    • Text will be embedded in images to further understanding
  2. Effort will be made to connect the presentation content with the audience point of view
  3. Proper citation will be followed for material referenced and used on the last slide

Team Roles and Responsibilities

  • Researcher (4 points)

    • Finds and cites sources (citations included on the final slide) for the following:

      1. The term or concept [LEFT BRAIN] (1 point)
      2. The definition [LEFT BRAIN] (1 point)
      3. An analogy [RIGHT BRAIN] (1 point)
      4. An example [RIGHT BRAIN](1 point)
  • Presentation Builder (4 points)

    • Prepares and publishes the slides to
      1. Connect with audience through use of images and emotion (optional) to convey concept(s) [RIGHT BRAIN] (1 point)
      2. Use text [LEFT BRAIN] (1 point)
      3. Using Pecha Kucha format: images are full slide, text is large, clear and concise included inside the image (not next to the image) no bullet points [RIGHT BRAIN] (1 point)
      4. Final slide(s) cite material [LEFT BRAIN] (1 point):
        1. Information sources
        2. The sources of the images
        3. The team members
  • Presenter (4 points)

    • Delivers the presentation

      1. Help construct the image and text relationship for each slide [RIGHT BRAIN] (1 point)
      2. Gather Creative Commons images from related to the content, helps compose the text and cite sources of the images [RIGHT BRAIN] (1 point)
      3. Vocally delivers the presentation content without reading the slides [LEFT BRAIN] (1 point)
      4. Presenter connects the content / data [LEFT BRAIN] with the real world context [RIGHT BRAIN] (1 point)


After the first slam is completed, the class conducts a simple silent data gathering process based on Total Quality Learning techniques. Students write down one idea of reflection per post it note. The notes are gathered and organized on a table. Three teams of about ten each sorted the notes into similar categories without speaking.

Below are some of the results from a previous session.

  • Too much reading from slides.
  • Good pictures, facts and used humor.
  • I didn’t like how some people didn’t explain technical terms so I felt lost.
  • The fast presentation pace was much more interesting than regular presentations.
  • I like the humor in some presentations.
  • Liked having one person for each part (info, power point, presentation)
  • I don’t like having groups.
  • There was enough time.
  • Dislike having assigned groups, I would like to choose.