SXSWedu 2015

SXSWedu fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. This four-day event offers engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities. At SXSWedu 2015, I attended some fantastic sessions, workshops and keynotes including:

  • Crowdsourcing by Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org
  • Interactive Strategies to Improve Student Thinking
  • Hacking PD Through Innovation and Collaboration
  • Starting on Instructional Rounds on Your Campus
  • Code Like a Girl! Coding by Design
  • Designing Better Online Learning Experiences
  • Video Creation with the Amoeba Sisters
  • iPad Animation with Animation Chefs
  • Creating Meaningful Human Interaction Online
  • Rethink and Redesign Professional Development by Sheryl Chard of the Sofia Center
  • Connected Learning by Mimi Ito
  • Brain-focused Strategies for Learning and Living by Goldie Hawn
  • Education Re-Imagined by Sal Khan of Khan Academy

For information about these sessions and links to materials, view my Storify recap of this event.

My current project is putting what I learned about online learning design at SXSWedu into practice as I develop a new blended PD opportunity for math teachers in our district. This PD model will blend asynchronous online learning opportunities with face-to-face instructional coaching. The goal is to provide a job-embedded PD model that supports teachers as they implement new research-based instructional strategies into their classrooms to improve student learning. I will provide updates on this project as it develops!

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