As many of you regular readers know, KellyAnn Bonnell, here at Pop Goes the Classroom is also the Education Track Coordinator for Phoenix Comicon, the SW premier Pop Culture Arts Convention. The Education Track is an Pop Culture Education Conference that runs inside the con providing professional development to formal and informal educators alike.
On Thursday we kicked off the educator’s track with a screening of the PBS documentary series Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle followed by great sessions on how to use the NEH website Edsitement. Todd van Hooser gave an amazing presentation about teaching high school students to create their own Hero’s Journey and we finished the day with a scientist/educator mixer.
On Friday, educators had access to experts in Arts Education with a great panel on why Pop Culture Arts belong in the classroom followed by a session on Comics in the Classroom. Midday we had a visit from Cartoon Network’s VP of research giving us insight into how kids consume media. A representative from Adobe ran an insightful session on supporting creativity in CTE programs and gave away a one year subscription to their software package. We followed this up with a great discussion games in the classroom.
It’s been an amazing couple of days and we’ve got two more days to go!