Students discuss powerful connections at TEDxLakeTravisHigh conference

A one-of-a-kind event featuring talks from students and adults and their connections to topics ranging from the sciences, math, the arts and social sciences was held in April at the Lake Travis High School Performing Arts Center.

The second annual event was sponsored by TEDxLakeTravisHigh, a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED-like experience.  According to its website, TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading.’  TED started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago.  Two annual TED conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less.  Many of these talks are then made available for free at  Past TED speakers have included the likes of Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, and Sir Richard Branson.

“Innovation in education means sharing ideas on how to activate and cultivate students’ learning,” Lamar Schrader said, English teacher at Lake Travis High School and a member of the second cohort of 30 TED-Ed Innovative Educators.  “It means helping students make their own lives better and richer, and showing them ways that they can make their world a better place to live in by using their intelligence and talents to serve those around them.  Innovation does not mean throwing out good ideas that have worked, just for the sake of the new—but it can mean sacrificing good ideas to get to great ideas.”

A photo gallery of the TEDxLakeTravisHigh event is available on Flickr.

For more information, visit or contact Koby Wheeler, Lead Organizer at TEDxLakeTravisHigh.