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There’s a lot I love about being a teacher. Teaching is one of those rare professions that keeps your brain young, allowing you to continue your own journey as a student and a lifelong learner. We as educators speak often about creating lifelong learners, but if we aren’t buying into it ourselves, then our students don’t stand a chance.

Michelle Pfeiffer once said that being an actor allows her, with every new character, to learn something new, immersing herself in a distinct universe with each project. Being a teacher is that and so much more.

Keeping It Real

Each school year brings new people into your life. Each unit and lesson brings new perspectives. Each failure, when looked at formatively, can help you solve new problems. Each success, when used reflectively, can be even greater the next time.

Sharing oneself, thinking aloud, and being honest about what’s working and what isn’t is not about making the environment “softer.” It’s about creating a classroom in which students are at their best in attitude and character. It’s about classroom management being better because students want to be there, learning from a teacher who is also willing to learn from them. “The one who does the teaching is the one who’s doing the learning,” as they say.

Teaching is a job that encourages your own growth because to do it well requires your own continuous education. Some might say that’s a bad thing, but growth is about facing your demons — or just your imps — and dueling yourself for greater knowledge.

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

I believe true growth as a person can happen only by challenging yourself with situations that are not familiar to you. Throwing yourself into a job in which you can encounter people of different ethnicities and religions and with different philosophies, learning styles, and backgrounds can only cause you to grow as a person, and public education provides that environment.

And you never know how that will eventually translate. For some, it will mean a growth in empathy. For others, the fact that your brain learns something new every day becomes a means to fight old age. Remember those nuns from Wales featured in Time magazine a few years back? This group of long-lived nuns had theories about their own longevity as it related to their active brain activities. Learning, they believed, kept Alzheimer’s at bay and helped their minds stay intact even while their bodies aged.

Whatever your beliefs are, the fact is that a good teacher continues to be a student. This could mean you continue to be a student in a graduate class, or you could simply be a student of your own school community.

In my ten years of teaching, I learned more from other teachers, my students, and their parents than I learned from any class in my teacher-credential program. (True, that’s not difficult to do — but that’s another post.) In turn, when they saw my own enthusiasm for learning, students were more inclined to learn from me. And that’s how my own happiness and growth has translated into the success of my students.

What impact has a passion for lifelong learning had on your teaching? Please share your thoughts.

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I Questioned Chatgpt About Cardano’s Future, Here’s What It Revealed

On 14 March 2023, OpenAI announced the release of their newest, smartest bot so far. Reportedly, ChatGPT 4.0 is better than version 3.5 in a multitude of ways.

ChatGPT is a large-scale artificial intelligence language model developed by OpenAI that has been trained on enormous amounts of text data. This allows the bot to understand and generate responses to complex queries from the user. It is a language model whose primary purpose is to generate responses like a human. Although it tries to be accurate, the user must verify the information it generates, because the bot is not designed to be 100% accurate but rather to mimic a human.

This is an important distinction as it forces the prerogative on the user to fact-check and verify what ChatGPT says. However, it’s training on the basic use of indicators used in technical analysis appeared sound.

The bot can make logical inferences if presented with data from the indicators and can even analyze multiple indicators to make an overall inference.

The chatbot does not have access to live data such as current market prices of various assets, nor is it aware of the developments on the global stage after September 2023. Yet, it was possible to get its prediction on Cardano (ADA) and Bitcoin (BTC) prices in the coming years, and its answer was intriguing.

Taking the help of ChatGPT in devising a basic intra-day strategy

One can come up with an endless array of strategies to trade on various timeframes using a combination of TradingView indicators. The only limitation is the user’s imagination and familiarity with indicators. It is unlikely that ChatGPT can come up with predictions based on data for the prices of an asset, such as Cardano. The AI model developed by AMBCrypto, on the other hand, can.

Read Cardano’s [ADA] Price Prediction 2023-24

I began with a fairly simple task for GPT–Take the RSI and the moving averages and use them together to generate buy and sell signals for intra-day traders. After a few trial requests, the scope was narrowed down. Buy only when RSI is above 50, and use the Fibonacci numbers 13 and 21 as moving averages periods. Here was the response the bot presented –

And the PineScript code for the same.

I tested the strategy ChatGPT came up with on the Cardano chart. Since the point was to use the bot’s help to generate scalp trade signals, the 2-minute timeframe was used. Here are the results –

As for exit, we shall target an R: R of 2:1, which means that we need to be successful at least 33% of the time to break even, but more on that later.

A demonstration of this began after the bearish crossover on the 2-minute chart late on 31 March. In total, we had at least seven clear trade signals within 9 hours which cumulatively produced +6.25R. This meant that risking 1% per trade would have given a 6.25% return within ten hours of watching the charts.

It must be stated that many more trades were possible based solely on the rules. Since the trend was shifting at that time, they would have been forced to close to breakeven and could be confusing to decipher for the reader.

Moreover, they would cost trading fees and eat into the scalper’s profit, which is another factor that highlights how dangerous scalping can be.

Can GPT predict ADA’s 2023 move?

This is an extremely optimistic view. However, we must consider factors such as the inflation that peaked in 2023, as well as geopolitical events such as the invasion of Ukraine in March 2023. When I gave the bot this information and asked it to revise its prediction/guess, it came up with interesting figures.

Well, this is extremely close to the $68.7k ATH that BTC reached in November 2023, and the $3.1 ATH that ADA reached in early September 2023.

At the time of writing, ADA was trading at $0.38. ADA’s price has tanked over 5% since the beginning of the week.

The decline in the token’s price caused its market capitalization to shrink to $13.2 billion.  Its daily trading volume has declined by 44% over the past seven days.

With no meaningful bullish or bearish movements over the past week, token’s support and resistance levels remain intact at $0.33 and $0.50 respectively. 

The technical indicators on ADA’s weekly chart suggested a bearish momentum ahead.

The relative strength index (RSI) has visited the overbought region at least four times over the past 48 hours. The bear case is only strengthened by the current on balance volume (OBV) reading of -40 million. A negative OBV is usually indicative of negative volume pressure, which may lead to a bearish trend in the near future. 

It’s here that one should note that besides technical skills, a trader’s experience is of great importance in anticipating a coin’s move.

So, the question is-

What separates a good trader from a bad one?

It is possible to go on and on taking different indicators together, altering and tweaking their input values, and backtesting their signals. However, we shall move in the direction of risk management. Risk management is what separates a trader from a gambler. It also helps undercut the emotion a trader might feel during a trade. Fear almost always arises when the trader has risked more than they can stomach. This can negatively impact profitability.

Back-testing aside, any profitable trader must be able to limit their losses. Each trader is probabilistically bound to run into a streak of losing trades. Some key elements of risk management ChatGPT identified were diversification, position sizing, stop-loss orders, risk-reward ratio, and risk tolerance. Diversification is necessary because crypto is a highly volatile market. The assets are, for the most part, positively correlated with Bitcoin. This means that investors could look to allocate only a minority of their funds toward crypto-assets, which would be anywhere from 5% to 50%. Having one’s net worth in crypto is highly risky.

Stop-loss orders are orders placed at levels of invalidation of a trade idea. They are automatically executed and are set up in such a way that the trader exits their losing position if the price reaches a predetermined level. This level can be determined by technical analysis. The capital lost during that trade would ideally be less than 3% of the entire account size. But why? Why shouldn’t one trade by risking a significant chunk of their account size in each trade?

A bad streak in the markets shouldn’t destroy your trading account

The attached chart reveals that a trader with a 30% win rate is guaranteed (has a 100% chance) of having a losing streak of 8 trades within a 100-trade sequence. If the trader risked 10% of their starting account size with each trade and lost eight in a row they would be down by 80%. The trading system isn’t broken, but probability will spoil your profits. Trading is not a sprint to the finish line but an excruciating marathon where your biggest enemy is yourself – Fear and greed, in particular.

To survive, the amount of capital risked per trade must be able to withstand a losing streak, which will be based on the win rate. Even if the trades you take are amazing with 3:1 or 4:1 risk-to-reward, it doesn’t do a lot of good in protecting your capital when the market seemingly has your number.

Hence, risking no more than 1%, or 3% per trade would be far more likely to succeed in the long run. The profits might not be quick, but they will be present. And, the emotional side of trading will also likely lose its intensity since each trade won’t make or break you.

Understanding R: R and calculating when a trader is at break-even

Let’s assume we have an account worth $1000. We are determined to lose no more than 1% per trade, which means each losing trade will only cost $10 or 1% of the total size. Meanwhile, our winning trades could make $20 or $30, or any other amount. The ratio of the capital risked to the reward gained if the trade ran to completion is called risk-to-reward, or R: R. Usually, traders target a 3:1 ratio, meaning they are willing to lose 1% per trade but seek to win 3% of their account size.

A trader will likely not be successful 100% of the time. If they are correct about 30% of the time, they could still be profitable. Even a trader with a 5%-win rate could be profitable in the long run. A trader who only places 3:1 RR trades will need to be successful (1-(3/(3+1))*100 i.e. 25% of the time only to break even. Similarly, a trader who only wins 5% of the time would need to place only trades with an RR of 20:1. (1-(x/x+1))*100=5, solving for x, we get 20.

If a trader looks for 3R trades and has a sound reason (Based on technical analysis or fundamental analysis, for example) to place that trade, and they are successful with more than 25% of their trades, then they will be a profitable trader.

It can help to maintain a Trade Journal

Pesky algebra aside, how does a trader track their win rate? The most common solution is a trading journal. This is a ledger where a trader can jot down each trade they place and the insights they learn from it. ChatGPT can help create a basic template for this purpose –

In this template, we see the R: R of the trades taken, their success rates, and the trader’s reasons to enter and exit the trade. Traders can also note their emotions to prevent the same mistakes from being repeated. The journal can also be used to find an edge in the market for yourself.

Calculating the capital risked per trade

These and more questions can be answered by implementing a journal. Another tool that the ChatGPT bot can aid in creating is a position size calculator. We have already seen R: R and the success rate can be determined through journals. Let’s try to recall the probability chart presented earlier. Even with a 60% win rate, there is still a 92% probability that one will see a streak of 4 consecutive losing trades within a span of 100 trades.

Therefore, the requirement would be to risk 1% or 3% or something in between for each trade setup. Calculating this can be time-consuming. I asked ChatGPT to come up with some code to help calculate the position size. It obliged and presented below is some code the bot generated. The input prompts would have to be account size, leverage used, risk threshold, and stop loss distance.

Let’s assume an account size is $1000, the risk threshold is 5%, stop-loss percentage distance of trade is 6%. The leverage used is 10x. The initial margin required is calculated as:

Margin = (1000 * 0.05) / (0.08 * 10) = $62.5.

For spot traders, the leverage utilized would be 1x.

Exactly how useful is ChatGPT to professional traders?

I asked Mikaela Pisani, ML Lead and Senior Data Scientist at Rootstrap. She is an expert in big data development and artificial intelligence and her response was,

As highlighted earlier in the article, the use of the bot in live trading is severely curtailed. But what about the bot’s impact on algorithmic trading?

Once again, the lack of access to live data meant ChatGPT will only likely be substantially useful to beginner traders. It is likely to positively impact intermediate trades as well, who can use the bot to figure out how to apply multiple indicators and metrics harmoniously and use it to gain a better understanding of the market.

It is important to remember that ChatGPT is engineered to respond to a human and is not compelled to be accurate 100% of the time. Diligent users must be extra cautious of the outputs that the chatbot provides. 

When People Ask About The 2023 Motorola Razr, Here’S What I Say

When people ask about the 2023 Motorola Razr, here’s what I say

If the number of people asking me about the new Motorola Razr is anything to go by, rebooting the classic flip phone may have been the best thing Motorola has done in years. Announced last week, the new Razr pairs a clamshell design with a flexible display; it may not be the first foldable to be announced, but it’s shaping up to be the most intriguing one.

Clearly, I should preface things by saying this is all anecdotal evidence. I’m not sure even Motorola and Verizon quite understand how much interest there’ll be in the new Razr, and what percentage of that will translate to actual sales.

The new Razr won’t reach the market for months after Samsung’s Galaxy Fold went on sale. I think, though, that it’ll be the first foldable to address that screen-size-versus-portability issue in a meaningful way for consumers. That comes down to Motorola’s focus.

Samsung’s large phone unfolds into a mini-tablet. That’s the same strategy as we saw Huawei take with the Mate X. It certainly makes for something eye-catching, but I’m unconvinced that it addresses a real need among a meaningful number of users.

Tablets are great, but I seldom feel the need for one when I’m out. A large phone has all but obviated my use-case for one, in fact: yes, I’m down a few screen inches if I reach for an iPhone 11 Pro rather than an iPad mini, but the fact that the iPhone will fit into my jeans pocket means it’s far more likely to be with me at any given time. The idea of that same sort of smartphone real-estate in half the footprint is even more appealing.

That concept seems to have been more readily understood by people asking me about the new Razr. Where the phone-to-tablet form factor has appeal from a geeky, bleeding-edge-technology perspective, it’s the more human scale of the Motorola that has people asking me whether they should be considering it.

The answer to that, of course, is no.

My suspicion is that, while the new Razr is clearly striking a chord among some smartphone users, sales will still be minimal. The $1,500 price tag will play a big part in that, of course, but so will Verizon’s lifetime exclusivity on the phone. That Motorola has made it eSIM-only will also leave unlocked sales hamstrung; you won’t be able to pick up a Razr and just drop your own SIM card inside, as it doesn’t have a slot.

Really, I wouldn’t recommend anybody but the most ambitious of early-adopters buy a first-generation folding phone. The technology is intriguing, certainly, but it’s still very much early days for its implementation. I’d be wary of how well these plastic OLED panels hold up to extended use, as well as how things like battery life shape the longer-term experience of having a new Razr in your pocket.

That’s not to say I’m not bullish on the idea of folding smartphones more generally. We’ve reached pretty much the largest candy bar devices that are practical: any bigger and they’re just too unwieldy. Some – predominantly those with smaller hands, but I’m also very aware that a lot of women get frustrated by not having pockets in their clothes that are scaled to suit the latest-generation of big phones – have already been voicing frustrations that the trend has tipped too far, and that modern handsets are just too big.

Like the message that people don’t care about a little extra thickness in their phone if it means accommodating a bigger battery – and indeed that, as the reception to this year’s new iPhones shows, they’ll welcome it – it may take a little time for the industry to recognize these evolving demands. There’ll be technical hurdles to overcome, but I do believe that foldable screens represent one strong contender for how the phone market will evolve.

“Yes, it’s great; no, you shouldn’t buy one” has been my tl;dr response to people asking me about the new Razr. As a fan of the original phone, and indeed the StarTAC before it, it’s been fun reminiscing again about what made those old flip-phones so appealing, not least their deeply tactile way of hanging up on calls. What I’m really looking forward to, though, is a time when I can actually recommend people put a foldable phone on their shortlist. That really can’t come soon enough.

What Can I Do After

What Can I Do After B.Com?

Explore the Top 10 best options

Written by

Tim Vipond

Published October 21, 2023

Updated July 7, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to: What Can I Do after B.Com?

One of the most common questions we get from CFI students before they start is – “What can I do after chúng tôi (bachelor of commerce degree)?”  They often come to us feeling a bit confused about what to do next.

On the one hand, they have worked hard and invested a lot of money in earning a chúng tôi On the other hand, for many career paths, a chúng tôi is not enough, and more training, education, or even a designation is required.

This guide is designed to help you navigate any confusion and find the path that’s right for you.

10 Best Things You Can Do After B.Com: #1 Get work experience at a bank

This option should be top of your list. Banks are one the biggest employers in the financial services sector and they like hiring students who have just graduated with a chúng tôi degree.

The top options for careers at banks for someone with a chúng tôi include:

#2 Get work experience at an accounting firm

Still wondering, what can I do after chúng tôi Working at a large public accounting firm is a great place to start. The biggest accounting firms hire a lot of university graduates each year and their training programs can give you more knowledge, more skills, and excellent work experience.

The best options for careers at accounting firms with a chúng tôi include:

#3 Get work experience at a corporation

Corporation refers to an operating company like Google, Facebook, Tesla, Amazon, Salesforce, etc. Corporate careers can be an excellent training ground for a recent bachelor of commerce graduate, as they can offer a wide range of work experience and provide a good work-life balance.

The best roles for a chúng tôi graduae at a corporation are:

#4 Get the FMVA designation

If you don’t get a job at one of the above three choices right after school (or even if you do), you may want to consider studying for the FMVA. This designation is heavily focused on financial modeling and valuation, as well as on other practical applications.

It can be so challenging, some recent chúng tôi graduates prefer to focus on studying for it full time and after they finish their undergrad degree.

Career paths for an FMVA designation include:

#5 Go back to school for your MBA

Still wondering, what can I do after chúng tôi Earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can help set you apart in a crowded job market and earn you the respect of your peers. Another fall back plan if you don’t land a job at the first three options is to pursue your graduate degree.

To learn more, see our guide: Is an MBA worth it?

Pursuing an MBA can be very rewarding, but they are often expensive and vary widely in quality and reputation.

#6 Earn an online certification in financial modeling

With the massive shift in trends from traditional education to online education and dynamic learning solutions, you should seriously consider an online financial modeling certification.

Most of the elite jobs in corporate finance require financial modeling skills, yet most chúng tôi programs don’t teach it.

If you want to stand out, taking CFI’s online courses can be a great way to master this skill.

The top jobs that require financial modeling are:

The basics: what is financial modeling?

Learn more: financial modeling guide

#7 Get an accounting designation (CPA or CA)

We already listed public accounting firms in spot #3, but that was for positions that don’t necessarily require becoming an accountant (those positions can be occupied by finance professionals).

If you’re willing to start in the Audit group at a public accounting firm, you can earn your CPA or CA designation (depending on what country you’re in) and move up to being a full-fledged accountant, or move on into other areas of the firm.

Becoming a CPA will give you the gold standard in accounting knowledge, and make your employability much higher.  Banks, corporations, and institutions love hiring professionals with accounting designations.

#8 Change career paths

When you asked, what can I do after chúng tôi you probably didn’t expect to hear “change career paths” as an option, but the reality is that sometimes that is the best choice.

The chúng tôi has given you great training and exposure to finance. Now you can complement that with another skill, such as coding, engineering, or entrepreneurship, and move into an area that may be a better fit for you.

It may be hard to make a change after investing so much time, effort, and money in a bachelor of commerce degree, but always stay open to the idea of moving into another field entirely.

To see what change may be best for you, explore our interactive career map.

#9 Use your university alumni network

If our suggestions thus far still haven’t satisfied your question of, what can I do after chúng tôi perhaps this one will: One of the biggest assets of a chúng tôi program is the alumni network.

The best way to get full value from your alumni network is to talk to the career center and ask for introductions to alums who are working in the same field that you’re interested in working in.

Here are a few points for effectively networking with alumni:

Focus on people with jobs that are relevant to what you’re looking for

Find alums who are 3-5 years out, as they have experience, but aren’t too senior yet

Don’t directly ask for a job

Ask for an informational interview, to learn about what they do and what they like/don’t like about it

Ask each person you meet with to introduce you to one more persons. That way your networking process never ends

#10 Offer to do a research project or unpaid internship

If all of the above preceding options still leave you wondering about what your best career move is, you may want to try offering to do a research project or free internship at a company that you really want to work for.

This strategy works especially well with corporations (not as well with banks and accounting firms), as they can be more flexible and entrepreneurial.

This “foot in the door” strategy could be all you need to jump-start your career at a corporation.  The top divisions for a chúng tôi to try this with are:



Financial planning & analysis


Hopefully, these 10 ideas have given you some helpful ideas on “What can I do after B.Com?”  If you follow this guide and our many more resources, you should be in great shape.

Additional CFI resources that you may want to check out include all of the following:

What Version Of Ubuntu Do I Have?

You can check what version of Ubuntu you have using several methods, and each has its benefits. Some give you the major version; others give you all the little details.

Why Should You Find Your Version of Ubuntu?

You know you’ve got Ubuntu. Why does the version matter?

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Like the different versions of Windows, some things will work in some versions of Ubuntu, and some will work only in others. You need to know what version you have to install the proper drivers for your hardware and apps that will work best on your version.

It also helps you identify what updates your Ubuntu operating system needs.

Some versions of Ubuntu are best used as servers, and some are best for desktop environments.

When asking someone for help with Ubuntu, they’ll want to know what version you have.

What Are the Versions of Ubuntu?

Windows and macOS are straightforward when it comes to versions. Many PCs are either Windows 11 or Windows 10. MacOS’ most recent versions are Monterey, Big Sur, and Catalina.

Ubuntu version numbers are based on the year and month of release. Ubuntu releases also come with code names made of two alliterative words. It’s an adjective and an animal name, so the result is a name like Bionic Beaver. For example, the latest standard Ubuntu release is 21.10 Impish Indri. (An indri is a large species of lemur.)

If that wasn’t confusing enough, there are two current versions at any time. There are the interim release and long-term service (LTS) versions. Support for the interim Ubuntu release is 9-months from release. The LTS version is used where the stability of the instance is critical. It gets five years of standard support and can have another five years under the Extended Security Maintenance (ESM). ESM is free for personal use and is a paid subscription for enterprises.

Canonical Ltd. builds Ubuntu on the open-source Linux kernel, so the Linux kernel version can be important to know. A current Linux kernel version number may look like 5.15. The first number is the major release version, and the remaining numbers are the minor release.

Put them all together, and you could get an Ubuntu version like 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish, Linux kernel 5.15.

How to Find The Version of Ubuntu in the Windows Linux Subsystem

Yes, you can run Ubuntu within Windows with Microsoft’s Windows Linux Subsystem (WSL).


Ubuntu for Windows


Upon starting, Ubuntu shares the version and more information in the command line. The version in the example is

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

. It also shows the Linux kernel used as

. Note the


part. There are two versions of Ubuntu Linux for WSL, 1 and 2, and each has its pros and cons.

Already opened Ubuntu WSL, and that line is gone? Check the section below on finding the Ubuntu version through the command line. They also work in WSL.

How to Find the

Version of Ubuntu

in the Command Line

If you regularly use terms like “Linux distro” or “bash,” the command line interface is for you.







to open the command line terminal.

Use any of the following commands to check the Ubuntu version. Each command shows varying amounts of information about the version and the system.

lsb_release -d

For the shortest result, use the command lsb_release -d. The lsb_release command reveals the Linux Standard Base (lsb) information for any Linux distribution.

lsb_release -a

Using the -a gives complete information about Ubuntu, including Distributor ID, Description, Release, and Codename. Oddly, Codename doesn’t reveal the full codename, which is Jammy Jellyfish in the version shown below.


The hostnamectl utility changes or returns information about the host or hostname. Using it without any options only returns the hostname info. Look for the Operating System line to get the Ubuntu version and the Kernel line for the Linux kernel version.

cat /etc/issue

The concatenate (cat) command is usually used to join files together. When used without any options and just the filepath/filename (etc/issue), it displays the contents of the issue file. Ignore the n l. It’s not important in this context.

cat /etc/os-release

Just like the command above, this shows the contents of the os-release file. Note the Version line, which shows the entire codename.

uname -r

To see just the Linux core version, use the command uname -r. The uname utility gives information about the system but not about Ubuntu itself.

How to Find the Version of Ubuntu Using Neofetch

Neofetch is a bash app that displays system information creatively with ASCII art.

Open the bash terminal and install with the command

sudo apt install neofetch

. Then enter your password, and it will find the neofetch.

Once the neofetch package has been found, enter Y to begin the installation.

When the installation is done, enter the command



To install a similar utility called Superfetch (not to be confused with Windows Superfetch), follow the same procedure above, substituting superfetch where you used neofetch. Each returns slightly different information, so pick the one with the information you’ll need most often.

How to Find the Version of Ubuntu Using the GUI

Maybe getting into the terminal and working with bash and the command line is more than you want to do.

Select the

Show Applications

icon and then select



It should open to show the


screen where you can find the

OS Name

. If not, scroll to the bottom of the Settings window and select



Now You Know Your Ubuntu

With ten ways to find the Ubuntu version, many of them providing other system information, you’ll know Ubuntu better. You’ll be able to decide what updates you need, find apps that’ll work on it, and know when it’s time to upgrade to the newest version of Ubuntu.

Teaching Presentation Skills With Ignite

I know that, in my project-based learning classroom, students did presentations all the time for a variety of purposes. One of the key components of a PBL project is the 21st-century skill of presentation or communication. We know that this presentation can take on any number of shapes, from something formal to a podcast or even a poster session. I always struggled with getting quality presentations from my students. I used a variety of teaching techniques and examples, but there is one that I know can really help improve presentation skills: Ignite!

Ignite is a specific genre of presentation. An Ignite presenter only has five minutes to speak about the topic, and 20 slides to do so. Every 15 seconds, slides are moved along automatically. The overall purpose of an Ignite session is to empower and excite the audience around a specific subject matter, idea or topic. Ignite is used at conferences all around the world, at EdCamps, and even within professional organizations and businesses.

Ignite is similar to PechaKucha, where you have 20 slides that change every 20 seconds. Usually, someone is “offstage” to time the event by changing slides, which forces the presenter to stay on task and move forward in the presentation. The slides contain only images, which the presenter prepares. However, the presenter is usually not allowed to prepare a script. This demands improvisation and creativity while still trying to craft a message.

Final Product

An Ignite session can be a great final product for a PBL project or another unit of instruction. Although we might be inclined to push for a larger presentation, there are times when an Ignite presentation would be appropriate. It can help assess certain quality indicators of effective presentation, and can be a presentation that is more fun and engaging for both students and audience members. Imagine an exhibition night of multiple Ignite presentations! Consider an Ignite presentation as either a product or assessment for all students, or as another choice in the products students can choose from.

Practice and Scaffolding

Although you might demand a more lengthy or formal presentation as a final product, an Ignite presentation can serve as a great scaffolding tool. As students prepare for the bigger presentation, have them craft shorter pieces in teams or individually as practice. It can help them pick the right words to speak and find the right pictures to use as they reflect on and revise their final presentation. And it can serve as a great formative assessment for you as the teacher, along with helping students plan their presentation in manageable ways.


Instead of droning on with lengthy lectures, as a teacher you can use Ignite presentations to get important content or skills across to students. Yes, there is occasion for a more traditional lecture, but not all the time. What’s great is that any Ignite sessions you build can be stored for future use or exchanged with teachers in a PLC or PLN. We also love it when students teach students. Have them craft Ignite presentations on content to teach each other.

Ignite can be a great presentation tool to support your classroom and students. It helps to avoid “time sucks” while building presentation skills for your students. There’s no question that young people will find this form engaging, and they’ll enjoy crafting these five-minute programs. I know I do! Don’t forget to use an effective rubric to assess the presentation effectively, and to make sure that expectations are clear from the beginning.



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