This morning, New Tech Network published the final versions of the 2012 New Tech Annual Conference Ignite talks.
Wow, what a roller-coaster of a summer it has been. It’s hard to think this was just a couple weeks ago! That whole experience brought back a lot of the feelings that I remember when I was competing in Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Speech/Forensics tournaments during high school. After graduating, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to coach, but I never “returned to the stage”, so to speak. I loved this format. There was a nice blend of restriction with also a pressure to be creative and entertaining… a perfect balance for a writer who enjoys a challenge. Hopefully, I can find room for this type of event in my own classroom.
I was lucky just to get a spot in this group, so a special shout-out is due to Sarah Field (@sfieldnewtech) at New Tech Network who did a wonderful job coordinating this event and coaching us through our stage fright. I have to thank a stellar group of talkers I share the stage with; a supportive group of colleagues and friends who helped with revision; and my girlfriend for putting up with the nerdiness for a few weeks of preparation. I could not have done this without them.
If, after watching this, you want some resources, check out my page dedicated to this talk here.