SXSW Proposal 2013: Educators' Role in App Development

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South by Southwest Edu—a major national educational conference that focuses on teaching and learning using innovative technologies and practices—is fast approaching. Here at SAS Curriculum Pathways, we are looking at how to be a part of the excitement. Representatives from the SAS Curriculum Pathways team will be attending in March 2014 to share their experiences and hopefully host a conversation on the collaborative process in app development. But we have some stiff competition! We need your vote for our proposal to be accepted! Anyone can vote; it takes only a few minutes to create a log in and give our session a thumbs up. Feel free to leave comments about other topics you’d like to hear us discuss. All the material will be available online after the March conference.

Here’s our proposal. Thank you for your vote & for sharing this with your friends and colleagues!

Collaborate! Educators' Role in App Development 

This interdisciplinary panel will discuss how apps are developed, how non-developers can impact the app-development process, and how developers can utilize and support the expertise of non-technical users. We will begin by highlighting the key role educators can play in designing effective and innovative tools. Our discussion will suggest how developers and industry leaders can ensure that the design of their app suits user needs by providing practical forums and venues for educators. We’ll also discuss educator obligations to provide feedback, ratings in the app store, and suggestions for improvement. We'll address challenges posed by these relationships and obstacles we face in bridging the gap between developer and teacher. We will illustrate how a partnership with a rural school district led to the creation of an app for student data notebooks and how teacher workshops were utilized to create beginning and emerging reader applications.

 

In the spirit of collaboration, is there anything that the SAS Curriculum Pathways team could be doing to improve your experience? Have you checked out our mobile apps yet? (Psst, they’re all free!) We welcome any feedback.

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Scott McQuiggan

Scott McQuiggan leads SAS® Curriculum Pathways®, an interdisciplinary team focused on the development of no-cost educational software in the core disciplines at SAS. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2009, where his research focused on affective reasoning in intelligent game-based learning environments. His research has been published in more than 30 journal articles and refereed conference proceedings, and been recognized through several best paper nominations including Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction.

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