Category: SXSWedu

SXSWEdu: Entrepreneurship: The empowering nature of failure

Success. This is a word that hits home to many people. Who wouldn’t want success for their kids and students? We all do. But the reality is, life is about failure and learning to pick yourself up when you are down. Having an incubator course incorporated into a high school curriculum lets students learn that...

SXSWEdu: What Higher Ed Can Learn from Uber and Airbnb

What does a degree mean anymore to a potential employer? What does a degree mean to the person holding it? Is there a better way to showcase the skills a student possesses than a piece of paper, a resume, a GPA and the name of the university he or she attended?

SXSWedu: Teacher Voice In The Design Process

Are you an educator? Have you ever wanted to implement ideas in Education Technology? Candace Flaherty, from Mobility Labs Inc., strives to bring “teacher voice” into the design process for developing EdTech. In this panel, Flaherty explained how ed tech developers can incorporate “teacher voice,” or teacher input, into the design process. Mobility Labs Inc. collaborates with their...

SXSWedu: Teaching code is not about creating programmers

At SXSW Edu, educators and creators come together to discuss how technology, policy and innovation are affecting the future of education. In today’s public education systems there’s a fierce debate going on about teaching computer programming in schools. The fact is that if code is added to the curriculum, or anything else is added for that...

SXSWedu: All eyes on Finland

When it comes to education there is Finland and there is everybody else. Finnish students are ranked as the highest performers in the world and their success has captured the attention of educators around the globe. Accordingly, this year’s SXSWEdu conference featured a panel with two Finns sharing big ideas for improving education on a massive...

SXSWedu: You Go (Far), Girl! Inspiring Girls in STEM

When Adele Falco, founder of Curious-on-Hudson, which hosts workshops and classes in STEAM topics designed to inspire children, realized that the majority of kids attending their programs were boys – she knew it was a status quo she wanted to change. Falco shared with the audience gathered at her SXSWedu panel this morning that she...

Wendy Davis: Great Schools: A Vision for the Future

The day after Wendy Davis secured the Democratic nomination for Governor of Texas, she spoke to a packed house at SXSWEdu. Although Davis became an international political star this past summer when she filibustered anti-abortion legislation, she first took to the political spotlight during a different filibuster. In 2011, there were $5 billion worth of...

Jack Andraka On The Virtual Human Right

Jack Andraka is a cancer researcher that created a test for pancreatic cancer that will revolutionize the field. He’s an advocate for open access to scientific research. He’s given a TED Talk and appeared on the Colbert Report. Oh, and he’s a 17-year-old high school student. Andraka’s story is remarkable. After a close family friend...