January 22 was the day the Discovery Education team conducted the 2nd annual SciCon, a virtual science conference. One school in Texas became the site of a mini-conference on that day, called the Talking Points Conference. With one room dedicated to streaming the DEN SciCon, the conference offered two additional breakout sessions each hour, with topics related to 21st century classrooms and technology tools.
30 educators from the DFW area met together at the Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving for three hours of great conversations – sparked by brief videos from archived TED Talks, K12 Online Conferences, and Discovery Virtual Conferences. The day was a success. These educators had opportunities to learn about new ways to excite, engage, and empower their students by becoming engaged in conversation themselves. Rather than the traditional sit-and-listen-to-the-presenter-speak sessions, educators dressed in casual attire sat in breakout rooms, discussing the topics at hand, and left the conference with valuable information they would be able to use in the classroom.
At noon, the group was treated to a wonderful lunch provided by Discovery Education. All were energized and excited about future conferences. One of the attendees said “hope we have more of these sessions . . . maybe one per semester at least?”
To see an agenda from the conference, visit the Talking Points Conference website.