SXSWedu is pleased to team up with two other educational conferences for an opening session that will virtually connect SXSWedu attendees with their colleagues at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) conference in Washington, D.C. and the Society for Instructional Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) also in Austin. On the Horizon will feature Larry Johnson, of the New Media Consortium, who notes “This interactive session will look back over a decade of findings from the highly influential Horizon Reports. What can we learn from these annual reports on emerging technologies for learning, and how should they inform the actions of teachers, administrators, colleges of education, policymakers and the private sector?” With the help of LifeSize video conferencing, each conference will be connected for a respondent to provide live reactions to Dr. Johnson's remarks. An interactive Q&A connecting SXSWedu, SITE and CoSN will conclude the session. The respondent at SXSWedu will be Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21, the nation's first professional learning community for school district leaders dedicated to enhancing the 4C's: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Ken has been the leading voice for 21st century education for the last decade. He co-founded the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in 2002 and served as its president for 8 years. Respondents from CoSN and SITE will be announced shortly.
by Lisa Perez and Stephen Jacobs
Previously reserved for living rooms and arcades, schools are turning to interactive gaming as a way to drive student achievement. Combined with the “digital native” interests of the current generation of students, teachers and researchers are seeing significant academic benefits from games that fully immerse a student in the learning experience. This is prompting some teachers to implement Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 ( a controller-free gaming console) in their classrooms. For example, to maximize the Kinect experience, some teachers even change the layout of their classrooms from straight-row-desks, teacher-centered instruction to one where students can better interact with the technology and each other. The outcome of this use of interactive technology? Teachers say students “were collaborating together and coming up with solutions that they didn’t need me for.” In this session find out why your school might want to literally make the leap.
by Jaime Casap
We all agree that education is the silver bullet. We all understand that education can change the destiny of a family in just one generation. The data shows us that the impact of education on overall earnings is five times greater than any impact race or gender can have on earnings. So if you are a black or latino student growing up in urban America, your greatest chance to escape the cycle of poverty is education. Yet the numbers of those students who graduate high school are dismal. The numbers for those who go to college and graduate are even worse.Statistically speaking, as someone who is a first generation American who grew up with a single mother on welfare in Hell's Kitchen, New York, I wasn't supposed to go to college. I certainly wasn't supposed to graduate or attend and graduate with a Master's degree in Public Policy. If those accomplishments were statistical long shots then there is no way to explain how I spent six years at Accenture as a senior executive or six years at Google as a senior executive.During this session, we are going to explore some insights to what we need to do to improve the odds of the disadvantaged. We are going to explore the impact of concepts that are directly related to how this group can succeed. We will look at the impact of society's expectations, the affect good teachers have, and the role of character and confidence in breaking the cycle of poverty.
6th–8th March 2012