"...SXSWedu 2016 is getting ready to launch, with the announcement that Ayah Bdeir, founder of modular electronics education firm littleBits, will deliver one of its keynote addresses...."
"...The desks are filling up at SXSWedu 2014 with education advocate Diane Ravitch, tech pioneer Nolan Bushnell, and former US Education Secretary Rod Paige, who implemented No Child Left Behind, all announced as featured speakers...."
"...Cross one big name off the SXSW bucket list: Bill Gates will serve as the keynote speaker for SXSWedu 2013...."
"...Wondering whether your panel has been picked for SXSWedu? Wait no longer. The education-centric segment of the SXSW family has announced its first round of panels and speakers for 2016...."
"...SXSWedu has announced its lineup of eight documentaries to screen during the 2013 conference and festival. And in case you think that they're just wheeling out an old 8mm projector for some drivers' ed reels, they have major documentaries like Bully and Brooklyn Castle, and Q&As with the directors and cast...."
"...The last carbon credit has barely been purchased for SXSW Eco, and its sibling conference SXSWedu has already announced the first of its headline speakers...."
"...It's pencils down at SXSWedu, and conference executive producer Ron Reed is hoping that the education-centered gathering will get top grades and extra credit from attendees when they see his team's creation. With the opening sessions just days away, he said, "It takes on a personality and an energy of its own."..."
"...Music, film, digital media ... and standardized testing? SXSWedu may still seem like the odd kid out in the South by Southwest portfolio but, as it enters its second year, Executive Director Ron Reed argues that it all works toward the same end..."
"...SXSWedu, which takes place next week, began as the education-centric spin-off to SXSW Interactive, but now focuses as much on policy as it does technology. This year, much of its programming will explore the idea of inclusivity – relating to gender, race, poverty, or disabilities – and how education for all should truly mean "for all."..."
"...Milo the Science Rover (to give him his full name) is the first build in Lego’s new WeDo 2.0 range of robotics and engineering projects. The wheeled explorer was launched at January’s International Consumer Electronics Show in January, and rolled into Austin for SXSWedu..."
"...As work crews were hustling around the Austin Convention Center earlier this week, setting up stages, booths, and screens for SXSW, SXSWedu attendees were already talking about the impact of technology on the classroom...."
"...There are policy makers and educational publishers on one side, and families and teachers on the other. But at SXSWedu, those forces opposed to teaching to the test found new allies in a possibly unexpected area: technology firms that want to bring fun back into learning..."
"...In an age of standardized testing swallowing up time, energy, and budgets, it may seem naive to suggest that schools should put more emphasis on traditional educational resources like libraries, or new, open-ended learning experiences like the practical skills inherent in the Maker Movement. But at this week's SXSWedu conference, the emphasis was on proving that developing those "soft skills" outside the testing regime belongs in the modern classroom...."
"...As many educators and policymakers at this week's SXSWedu conference wondered, how can student assessment be weaned away from that antiquated system?..."
"...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...."
"...If there is one point of consensus at SXSWedu, it is that education is somehow broken. Too much testing, too little love of learning, too little investment, too few challenges..."
"...Shahid, a social entrepreneur specializing in scalable impact, spoke with Caroline Howard of Forbes magazine during SXSWedu (Thurs., March 12) on her roots in post-9/11 Islamabad, her “rebellious” volunteer work and scholarship to Stanford University, and her close relationship with Malala during “Empowering Women and Girls to Lead.” Releasing education from the bondage of suits and buzzword sentiments creates real social impact. “Women’s issues are the spearhead of social change,” said Howard...."
"...SXSWedu – the education intro to the high festival season – kicked off on Monday, March 3, but American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten got an early start. Prior to her formal panel on the value of community schools, she had a chance to see in action two of the Austin Independent School District's most collaborative campuses..."
"...SXSW Interactive has taken another step toward becoming one of the major dates on the tech and IT calendar this morning with the announcement of SXSWedu, a new strand that will focus on computing in the classroom...."