Can Design and Technology Fix America's Education Problem?

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Tuesday 15th March, 2011

11:00am to 12:00pm (CST)

In the US, 75% of students graduate high school. Our national college graduation rate is even lower at approximately 54%. And those students who aspire to go to college are faced with a rising tuition cost, which has increased more than any other major good or service for the last twenty years. Looking ahead to the next 20 years, students will pay $221,722 to drop out of a state school, and close to $450,000 to try their luck at a private school in hopes of getting a higher education. These unfortunate statistics don't even begin to describe the current university system's neglect to harness experiential and digital approaches to open-source educational models.

We are facing an education crisis in the United States. This panel will explore the future of education, examining the roles of design, technology, and human beings in reshaping the way we teach and learn. While the panel is diverse, the speakers all share unconventional views of learning, a passion for design and creativity, and an entrepreneurial commitment to driving change through both action and technology.

LEVEL: Intermediate

About the speakers

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Dennis Littky

Radical Educator bio from Twitter

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Jon Kolko

Designer, educator, writer, troublemaker. bio from Twitter

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Steven Tomilson

A playwright who teaches at The Acton School of Business bio from Twitter

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25 attendees

  • Andrea Genevieve
  • Anna Debenham
  • Ryan McCormack
  • Craig Rowe
  • changeorder
  • Paulien Dresscher
  • Dennis Littky
  • Joe Gray
  • Fredrik Edling
  • Lars Holst Lyberg
  • gregone
  • Jessica Ivins
  • Jon Kolko
  • johanna kollmann
  • Justin McCammon
  • Jason Kende
  • Katie Davison
  • Laurence Musgrove
  • Malcolm C. Ong
  • Per Winroth
  • Katie Koch
  • Reinier Ladan
  • Sands Fish
  • Steven Tomlinson
  • vikramtank

24 trackers

  • Bev Godwin
  • Phil Whitehouse
  • Courtney Livingston
  • Charlie Park
  • chloe gottlieb
  • Colin Schlüter
  • Mike Cravey
  • Don Cruse
  • Dan Weingrod
  • David Thompson
  • Davide 'Folletto' Casali
  • Jay Patel
  • Joe Carey
  • John Tokash
  • Kevin Koehler
  • Kevin Dees
  • Kye Hittle
  • Matt Le Gresley
  • Tim Holden
  • Tanya
  • Seb Lee-Delisle
  • Lane Goldstone
  • Ted Leung
  • Sebastian Gerhard

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Time 11:00am12:00pm CST

Date Tue 15th March 2011


Ballroom B, Austin Convention Center

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  • Thoughts on Interaction Design

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