Ignite Talks

Oct 24, 2012 by


Ignite is a speaking event that occurs in over 100 cities worldwide.  At the events Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.  In today’s society, where attention spans are getting shorter and people have to communicate their messages quicker, this may be a great way to have students engage the audience in a quick fashion.  You could do shorter or longer talks- whether 1 minute or 10 minutes- the point for students our is not necessarily the length but to get your point across quickly with the use of images.

Make it Mobile: One of the things I would do is make sure that each of the slides contains a self-produced image instead of words.  In a visual society, images and videos continue to take on more importance.  It is important for students to recognize and create those images as well as use them to create influence when presenting their ideas to others.

Make it More Mobile:  The second thing I would do is allow students to record their ignite talk on their mobile device and upload it to a class website.  The rest of the class would view these submissions and evaluate them based on a rubric you created.  These scores could play a part in the final grade (along with your own evaluation, of course).


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