Ignite Talk Saturday with Mel Chua


I had a bit of difficulty understanding what she was saying at first. To be completely honest, I had to re-watch this video twice to really get a grasp of what she was saying. However, Mel Chua is a very interesting and quite unique individual.  To me, she stands out from the rest because what she discuesses in her video is a little different than a lot of things.


A little about Mel Chua:

Mel Chua is a contagiously enthusiastic hacker, writer, and educator with over a decade of teaching and curriculum development experience and a solid track record in leadership positions at Red Hat, One Laptop Per Child, Sugar Labs, Fedora, and other Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities. Currently based at Purdue University, she bridges academic research on successful communities with deep personal experience getting her hands dirty building them.  She loves loves loves hacking into  things especially hardware as well as software. She also considers herself a major geek. She also enjoys learning about learning and teaching herself new hacker qualities,etc./ Her teaching style is geeky mixed with wacky which is so unique in today’s society. I thought that she was pretty cool.

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Igniting Conversation About the Future of Education

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We are going to be watching a number of Ignite Talks from the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference. Here’s their description:

The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at University of California, Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice.

You were assigned one talk to watch for which you are going to respond to in a blog post in a few ways:

  1. Embed the video in your post. And do some research about the speaker. I a few sentences please give us some context as to who they are and what they do. Also hyperlink to any references you used.
  2. Find two or more quotes from the talk you find interesting and share them with your classmates in two ways: write out the quotes and hyperlink to the quotation points in the video using the Youtube timing link by adding “#t=00m00s” at the end of the link. Here’s an example:
  3. Next you are going to poll your fellow classmates about the two quotes using an embedded Google Form. You will need to create a Google account (or gmail email) if don’t already have one to create your form. Also you will need to edit the form embed code a little bit for it to show up in your post. These are the edits you will need to make:
    So the code will now look like this:

In your poll you can ask simple agree/disagree questions using a multiple choice, as well as you should ask students to back up their perspective in a follow-up question. All the answers you receive will be anonymous and sortable in Google spreadsheet. You are to report out your results of the survey in a second blog post on Wednesday morning.