On March 8, 2014, I had the opportunity to tackle a new format for sharing my research–an Ignite Talk. With 20 slides that advance automatically after 15 seconds, those preparing Ignite Talks are given the charge to “be inspiring, but make it quick.”
I chose to talk about “learning pathways.” The word “pathways” showed up in 48 of the 70 session titles at the Digital Media and Learning Conference this year. I had yet to hear, however, someone talk about the concept directly, and critically. In the talk I asked:
From my work researching the pathways of young men as they develop as writers, I had a few items I thought could provoke a conversation. Such as:
Below is a voice recording over the slides. Feel free to discuss in the comments below!
The Digital Media and Learning Conference ends two of its nights with rounds of these truncated talks. And in the late afternoon of the last day of the conference, I still had to face a packed room to try this out for the first time.
If you want to see me fumble through the nerves of facing 1,000 people on the clock, here’s a link to the live talk:
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