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SXSWEdu Drops The Big One

sxswedu18-top SXSWEdu Drops The Big One220 Sessions Announced, Speaker Announcements and More From SXSWEdu

SXSWEdu is still just about six months away. The organizers promised that SXSWEdu will continue to get better and better every year and they continue to deliver on that promise.

On Wednesday they made some big programming announcements including the announcement of 220 sessions that were selected from over 1400 submissions to the SXSWEdu panel picker.

This years topics run the gamut including: arts, business, cognitive process, continuing education, data, early learning, employability, equity, implementation, informal education, instruction, language learning, leadership, learning spaces, SEL, special needs, and xR.

Citizen-Ready and Crime Free: The PreK Advantage was the most popular panel according to the crowd sourced panel picker tool. A panel called “How data and automation humanize the student experience” received the highest number of public votes in the panel picker.

Art Acevedo, the Chief of Police in Houston, US Representative Scott Peters, National Teacher Of The Year Sydney Chaffee and Kimberly Bryant the founder of Black Girls Code were all announced as speakers as well.

Fidget spinners made the cut in a panel called “Fidget Spinners, Mindfulness and Flow” featuring Herb Coleman of Austin Community College. This panel will address mindfulness in schools and fidget spinners and whether or not they are helping students achieve self control and focus.

If you’re an entrepreneur or a teacher working on your first edtech startup you’re going to want to check out “Tales from EdTech Accelerators” featuring speakers from: Listenwise, Playposit, Zulama and Peekapak. You’ll get the straight scoop from entrepreneurs who have been through some of the top edtech startup accelerators across the country. You’ll also receive great information on what to ask or look for in an accelerator before your startup applies.

Last year at SXSWedu and the other spring and summer edtech conferences, virtual reality in K-12 schools was a big hit. Many of the discussions were around virtual field trips, science labs and even automotive shop classes. How is VR/AR going to fit into higher education? A panel called “Taking over higher education with VR” will answer just that. Three members of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering will take a look at VR beyond K-12.

There are over 200 great panels, talks summits, workshops and playgrounds. You can start building your SXSWedu schedule now. Don’t worry you can change it all the way up until March. Check out the SXSWedu website here.