#NTAC12 Ingite talks hit YouTube this morning… which means my presentation is up, too!

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.

6 thoughts on “#NTAC12 Ingite talks hit YouTube this morning… which means my presentation is up, too!

  1. Dear Mr. Babcock,

    I heard about this presentation from Diane Hampel. You see, I am working with the K-8 teachers of Danville on 6 Tr. writing. All I can say is that I applaud you. In fact, if I could I would give you a standing ovation. There are so few out there that seem to really get it, when it comes to teaching our students to be successful writers. You clearly are a stand out. Thank you for what you are doing, it is a powerful message and the benefits could shift the way writing is taught. Imagine our students tapping into their creativity, having fun, and meeting the CCSS. I will be in Danville for a week at the beginning of Oct. and would love to get together to talk writing if you have time.

    Sincerely,
    Judy Puckett

  2. Dear Adam–
    I thoroughly enjoyed your talk, and deeply appreciate the very positive ref to 9 Rights. It is so rare to hear someone willing to create personal rubrics, and to keep them flexible enough to reflect new thinking–not to mention having students work as first evaluators of their work. This is daring, innovative–and spot on. I applaud your message, and hope increasing numbers of teachers get to hear it. Thank you for all you are doing.
    Vicki

  3. @Judy,

    I wrote back to you via email, but I wanted to thank you again for your ovations. Please let me know if you didn’t get an email from me directly.

    -AJB

  4. @Vicki,

    I am humbled by you leaving such praise for my talk. I put a great deal of my energy this summer into re-thinking how, especially as a younger teacher in this field, I will re-tool my writing instruction this year. Your book was so helpful; it gave me the lenses and perspective to step back and examine how I am empowering students through writing. Student empowerment is such an emphasis in any New Tech Network school, and I knew just from the title of your book that I would get a lot out of it. Knowing that my work has reached back to you as an author is even greater motivation for me to continue this “daring” adventure.

    Thanks again,
    -AJB

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