We Need Your Vote: SXSW March 2015


sxswlogoThough the 2015 conference is still many months away, South by Southwest Edu has already opened up voting for the proposals!  This conference focuses on teaching and learning with innovative technologies and practices. At SAS Curriculum Pathways, we want to be a part of the excitement, and we need your votes and social media shares! 

We submitted a few proposals that we encourage you to check out, along with the other 1038 creative topics that have been suggested. However, to present at SXSWEdu, we need your vote! Anyone can vote; it takes only a minute to log in and give our sessions a thumbs up. Here are our proposals. Thank you for your vote and for sharing this with your friends and colleagues!

  • Code across the Curriculum with Young Learners: There is great interest in developing innovative ways to introduce young students to basic programming concepts and computational thinking. This session will introduce participants to cross-curricular techniques designed to engage all young learners. Check out our video here.
  • Love to Read. Learn to Read. Read to Learn: This session presents innovative technologies to help students: Love to Read—through shared experiences that introduce early reading skills; Learn to Read—by developing and guiding fluent reading practices; Read to Learn—by supporting close, analytical reading skills to derive meaning from text. Check out the Read Aloud video here.
  • Mobile Learning is HOTS: Demanded by top companies, higher order thinking skills (HOTS) are often ignored in the formal curriculum. We’ll highlight resources for creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. We will also discuss strategies for using mobile to cultivate HOTS in our students.
  • Contextualize Learning via Proximity with iBeacons: Indoor positioning and proximity-based contextualization are the latest features in mobile apps. We’ve developed a museum navigation and guide app in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It uses iBeacons to deliver a contextualized in-app experience supporting geo-aware interfaces and indoor way-finding.
  • Not Your Parents' Science Museum Audio Tour App: The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is providing an interactive mobile app to guide and engage visitors of all ages and abilities. The aim is to improve the informal learning experience. This app, through use of iBeacon technology, offers high levels of accessibility and a new way of engaging with the museum’s exhibits, an exciting possibility for museums and informal learning.

SXSWEdu offers some of the most leading edge ideas for learning. We’ve been inspired and have left Austin each year with renewed vigor for providing innovative educational products and finding new ways to engage students in their learning. We are hopeful we’ll earn a voice to present at this year’s conference. Thanks for taking the time to read, vote, and share!



About Author

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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