From Ravitch to the Ritz: SXSWedu highlights
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
12:30pm: "Making the Most of SXSWedu": Ron Reed and SXSWedu coordinator (and Forbes' 30 Under 30 list honoree) Greg Rosenbaum walk first-timers and veterans through the conference lineup. Austin Convention Center Ballroom D.
1:30pm: "Reign of Error: The Danger of Privatizing Schools": Diane Ravitch, America's leading researcher on educational policy and the danger of the "school reform" movement, talks about the attacks on true public education, followed by a book signing. ACC Room 18ABCD.
4:30pm: "Game Dynamics Can Be a Game Changer in Learning": Nolan Bushnell, the godfather of modern gaming, talks gamification, virtual education, and his new project, BrainRush. ACC Room 18ABCD.
9pm: SXSW Texas High School Shorts: The best from the Lone Star State's youngest filmmakers. Alamo Ritz.
4:30pm: "Keeping the Promise of Educational Technology": Bay Area data entrepreneurs Norma and Vivienne Ming of Socos explain why all that educational technology goes to waste, and how it can really help kids. ACC Ballroom D.
10:30am: "The Virtual Human Right": Jack Andraka, who designed a cheap, non-invasive test for pancreatic cancer when he was 15, argues for pulling paywalls from all scientific journals. ACC Room 18ABCD.
3pm: "Great Schools: A Vision for the Future" – A conversation with Senator Wendy Davis: The Texas Democratic gubernatorial hopeful returns to her first policy passions – education and school funding. ACC Room 18ABCD.
6:30pm: Teach: Director Davis Guggenheim, broadly castigated for demonizing the teaching profession in Waiting for Superman, returns with a much more sympathetic depiction of classroom life for four public school educators. Alamo Ritz.
12pm: "Performing Your Life in the Classroom": Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor has made his acting workshop a SXSW institution, and now he brings that flair for performance to the classroom. ACC Ballroom D.