2017 SXSWedu PanelPicker is Open!

It’s that time again! Time to vote for which panels you want to see at SXSWedu in 2017.
Community votes and comments for SXSWedu are open on the PanelPicker from now until Friday, September 2. 
If you aren’t registered to vote yet, it’s really quick and easy to do. Click here and sign up: panelpicker.sxsw.com.
Since public voting counts for 30% of the acceptance decision for the main event, take a second and click on the links below to give some of these awesome sessions your thumbs up, click the tweet boxes to share what you voted for and invite your Twitter followers to vote as well!

Smart Sessions

Leading and Learning in a Project-Based World

Project work will dominate careers of today’s students. Explore the implications for preparing students for a relationship economy through the lens of teaching and learning through projects. What does equitable preparation for students look like in a project-based world? How is high-tech and high-quality project-based learning (PBL) promoting deeper learning outcomes for all students? There will be a spirited moderator and an empty chair next to three edleaders. Join the group of edleader panelists at anytime to bring in big ideas! Then it’s the audience’s turn for interactive Q & A. Leave with new ways of thinking about learning and leading in a project-based world.


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Creating a Social Campaign in the Education Sector

To some, the marriage of ed reform and branding feels a bit too, well, icky. But there are important lessons to be learned from the worlds of advertising and campaigning. This is no session–it’s an expedition using the city of Austin as staging ground for an education campaign you hope to launch. You will define key messages, select the best social media platform for launch and top it all off with a hashtag. The best campaign (as voted on by your session peers) will actually be “launched” with the support of a nationally prominent blog. Bring your creativity, your mobile device, your competitive juices and your walking shoes.


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Genius Loci: Education With a Sense of Place

The challenges of the modern world will not be addressed by technology alone. We must leverage the “power of place” to equip students with the skills they need through authentic experiences to collaborate, think critically and solve complex challenges–an absolute requirement as we build a modern workforce. This interactive, immersive session will demonstrate how schools can serve as the foundation for highly functioning democratic and sustainable societies through Place-Based Education. Come explore how PBE can be an entry point into high-impact, personalized learning for students, teachers and communities.


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Friends & Partner Sessions:

BYO-EdTech Challenge! Supporting Blended Learning

Closing the Equity Gap by Nurturing Growth Mindset

Less Fluff, More Stuff: Engaging Early Learners

  • Christine Zanchi, Curriculum Associates
  • Jim Cunningham, University of North Carolina
  • Ashley Curtis, Duval County Schools

Rethinking Assessments

Supporting ELs through Personalized Learning

Teachers Matter More than Ever in the Digital Age

The “Secret Sauce” of a Successful EdTech Company

ESSA Year 1: Early Wins for Personalized Learning

Pop Up Problems of Practice in Competency Ed

Not Every Career Starts after College

A Pedagogy For Personalization

Deathmatch SXSW! – PBL vs. Personalized Learning

Design Your Future School

Don’t Lecture the Adults

Keeping it Real: Attitudes, Privilege and Project Based Learning

Public Schools We Can Be Proud Of

For more on SXSWedu and other professional development information/opportunities, check out:

Buck Institute of Education, Curriculum Associates, iNACOL, New Tech Network and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are Getting Smart Advocacy Partners.

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