Ignite talks are tag lined with “Enlighten us, but make it quick,”. Ignite is a presentation format where a presenter speaks while slides advance automatically to support them. An Ignite presentation is exactly 5 minutes, and contains exactly 20 slides. The slides advance automatically after each slide is displayed for 15 seconds. I think this would be an amazing thing for teachers to use in class with upper elementary students. With only 20 slides, a presenter must make important decisions about introduction, body, and conclusion. We teach summary skills on a regular basis, what better way to do this than have them prepare an ignite speech?
The students are forced to become experts. You allow them to have a note card or two but they are not allowed to simply read about their topic.
Erin Klein of the famous Kleinspiration site, gave an inspiring Ignite speech at ISTE this year. Check out her speech, she begins at 46:05.
I think one of these would be a GREAT think tank idea!
Let me know if i can come work with you or your students to get an ignite inferno going!