A couple of months ago, I posted a list of six exceptional math Ignite Talks. For those unfamiliar with the format, an ignite talk includes presentation slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. Exactly 20 of these slides result in a 5 minute talk. Since I posted my first list, Suzanne Alejandre (@SuMACzanne) at the Math Forum has been busy posting videos from older Ignite sessions. These playlists are a gold mine of mathematical thought and reflection. Additionally, the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME) had their 2017 conference ignite talks. There are so many great talks posted recently that I felt the need to recommend an additional six talks. It will take just 30 minutes to watch all six... time well spent.
I've been working on my own ignite talk and have discovered how difficult it is to craft one. There is a lot of reflection and thought involved in refining what you are really passionate about as an educator, determining how to explain it clearly and figuring out how to make it entertaining. At this point, my talk is a still just an organized collection of notes, ideas and images. I don't have any plans to actually present this ignite talk, but I feel that the process of creation and reflection is very worthwhile.
A few colleagues and I recently initiated a bit of self directed professional development. We decided to watch a selection of math ignite talks as a focus for discussion regarding mathematics instruction and educational practices. In preparation for this, I reached out the the #MTBoS on Twitter to ask for suggestions. I was pleased to get some valuable feedback.
We took the feedback we got from our Personalized Learning Network (PLN) as well as sharing our favourites with each other to create a playlist of math ignite talks. A big thanks goes out to The Math Forum at NCTM for having such a well organized and easy to access YouTube channel containing math ignite talks from numerous conferences. What are your favourites?
Has watching these videos inspired you to create your own mathematics ignite talk? If it has, and your looking for advice, look no father than Robert Kaplinsky's web page. He has a post titled, "How I Prepare for an Ignite Talk" that will provide you will lots of tips and ideas.
Update: I've added a part 2 playlist of six additional math ignite talks here.