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.
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