SXSWedu in Austin, Texas this week brought many innovative ideas to the forefront of discussion. If you need a quick catch on the trending topics, 6 Leading Trends at SXSWedu (from Sarah Cargill) is for you. According to 360KID, there are close to 10,000 tweets around this event.
For the most thought provoking sparks (from facts or opinions), we think these are the top 12 tweets:
@johnmaeda: “History shows us that artists were scientists. Scientists were artists.” —Sarah Ganz Blythe via @stemtosteam #sxswedu
Office of Ed Tech
@OfficeofEdTech: RT @arneduncan: We never debate the cost of putting people in prison. Why do we debate the cost of educating people? #SXSWedu
US Dept of Education
@usedgov: A great teacher in a classroom will still make the biggest difference in the lives of our students. @arneduncan #SXSWedu
@findingDulcinea: At #sxswedu last week there were at least a dozen sessions on teacher-created education resources replacing texts. #elemchat #sschat
@lthumann: What?!? By 2014 there will be more active cell phones on the planet than people #cosn #sxswedu #siteconf
@EdTechSandyK: Decentralization of schools is a strength of our system – leads to innovation – but can create barriers in spread of technology. #sxswedu
@MarketplaceK12: Duncan pointing to rigorous teacher screening/compensation in Singapore as plan worth “stealing” for U.S. #sxswedu
@mslinch: HS teacher question to @arneduncan “We have all these wonderful tools that we can’t use because we’re busy teaching to the test.” #SXSWedu
@audreywatters: #occupyaustin protesting the Pearson CEO’s #swswedu keynote. TX teachers talking about the $550 million the state pays Pearson for testing.
@k20: Learning Powered by Technology -imagine a Learning Positioning System, like a GPS, to guide student learning in digital learning #sxswedu
@kimmburrrlee: @levarburton talking about the magic of reading is being actively involved in the creation of the narrative #sxswedu
@techsavvyteach: I like the notion from Maine that 1:1 and OER go hand in hand: spend $ on 1:1; use limited funds for content and use OER instead #sxswedu
If you are looking for authentic reflections from educators, visit EdTechSandyK‘s blog, there are details of different topics from day one to the end(many posts). #SXSWedu reflections…from Stephanie Sandifer and Animal, vegetable or mineral: SXSW Edu evolution from Carolyn Foote are recommended too. The value of gaming in education is a hot topic this year, Gaming – waste of time? Or untapped educational tool? by Susan Raybuck is a summary from Jane McGonigal’s presentation. Another fascinating panel Thursday at sxswedu was the BizKids for young entrepreneurs ages 7-15, check out this post from Susan Raybuck.
Storify is a top free tool to use social media and internet contents to tell a story, it’s like a story prism(quote from Allen Weiner, VP of Gartner) to reveal stories from different perspectives. This story embedded below from Brandi Heinz Brown is a good recap, and Audrey Watters also gave a storified summary from a senior journalist’s point of view.