Phoenix Comicon 2013 has come to an end. It was another year of great experiences. The highlight of the event for us at Pop Goes the Classroom was the Utopian/Dystopian Societies facilitated discussion on Sunday afternoon. We started this last year and I think we’ll be doing it for some time to come. What makes it such a great event is that there is no panel, there is no presenter, there is only the fans. We toss out a couple of questions and let them go.
I’m always impressed how respectful fans are to one another. This is a topic that can easily turn south if we aren’t careful with the tangents of religion and politics. A facilitated discussion tends to tangent. We ran the discussion for an hour and new voices came forward time and again.
We spend the entire weekend listening to the opinions and thoughts of others, asking questions, and getting our geek on. This discussion allows us to challenge ourselves and one another and is a great model of a facilitated discussion for the educators in the room. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
We presented STEAM to Screen on Friday afternoon at Phoenix Comicon