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Top 5 Hot Topics at SXSWedu 2015, Part 1

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SXSWedu 2015 Education Technnology

By Caroline Callaway

Are you planning on attending Austin’s biggest technology conference, SXSWedu 2015 (March 9-11)? Well, if you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, there is still time to do so. For more information about the program, click here. 

Phillips & Company is planning to be there, of course, and we’re excited because this year, the organizers are changing things up this year with new speakers and a new set up, including expanded programming models to encourage deeper collaboration. Here’s what we’re excited about this year:

1. Summits. New this year, summits are collaborative, long-form programming geared toward actionable outcomes. Hosted at the JW Marriott Hotel, the summits will serve as an event within an event. Typically lasting longer than a traditional session or workshop, summit attendees can expect an intimate and collaborate environment with a variety of voices, goals and formats.

2. Ed Tech Women released a 5 part video series called the “Change Makers” Series. These videos highlight the impact of women educators and their current goals and involvement in the community. Watch all 5 videos to see how women in education technology are making an impact on SXSW 2015.

3. Teachers are encouraged to show how they innovate the classroom experience by submitting their most creative #TESInnovates post on Twitter. Teachers could potentially win a badge to SXSWedu courtesy of TES Global.

4. Connected Learning is a hot topic going on currently for SXSWedu. The most talked about connected learning event will be hosted by University of California professor, Mimi Ito. This event will emphasize how starting with kids’ interests, and then leveraging online networks to connect them to mentors, is helpful for peers and creates spaces for creation and recognition. Another event, Creating Citywide Connected Learning Ecosystems, will discuss how Cities of Learning create cross-sector partnerships to ensure all youth have access to learning opportunities in libraries, museums, and other local institutions, as well as online. Another event on connected learning is, Connected Learning Networks in Austin, with Thinkery’s newest program, EdExchange. This is an innovative initiative to empower and support educators from diverse learning institutions in Austin. The event will host representatives who will examine the program’s impact and experiences, as well as encourage participants to discuss their stories.

5. The complete closing program schedule has been revealed. Bob Santelli, Mimi Ito, and Goldie Hawn will join announced speaker Sal Khan as part of this engaging series of speakers. This program represents a unique lineup of education talks through the lens of SXSW’s other areas, Music, Film, and Interactive.

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