SmartBrief Education has been on the ground this week, bringing readers coverage of the 2014 SXSWedu Conference & Festival, held in Austin, Texas, March 3-6. Here’s a roundup of our top stories.
SXSWedu keynote: Closing the achievement gap begins at the ground level
Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education and 2014 SXSWedu keynote speaker, developed early in his life the belief that education was a pathway to solving the world’s problem. Paige grew up in Monticello, Miss., during segregation, when “there were two worlds, a white world and a black world.” Read more.
Educational technology for a better classroom experience
Educational technology should not be intrusive in the classroom. It should be designed in a way that makes the most of the real world of teachers, families and students, according to SXSWedu keynote speakers Vivienne Ming and Norma Ming, co-founders of educational technology startup Socos. Read more.
Student voice: Social and mobile learning @SXSWedu
From advice on taking better selfies — and better photos in general — to tips on getting clear audio when recording video with a mobile device, young filmmakers from John B. Connally High School showcased best practices in social and mobile learning during the SXSWedu Playground session: Teachers as Executive Producers of Digital Media. Read more.
Q-and-A: SXSWedu to celebrate innovations in learning
How would you describe this year’s SXSWedu Conference and Festival? Exciting! At its core, SXSWedu has always been about the celebration of innovations in learning. As the SXSWedu community has grown, the event has taken a shape reflective of all the energy and enthusiasm for modernizing teaching and learning. Read more.
Melissa Greenwood is SmartBrief’s senior education editor, with responsibility for the content in a variety of SmartBrief’s education briefs. She also manages content for SmartBlog on Education and related social media channels. Prior to joining SmartBrief, Melissa held a variety of positions in the education field, including classroom teacher and education editor and writer.