At SXSWedu 2015, we are pleased to hear echoes of several themes from our new book, Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators, and Learners.
Privacy is a hot topic in education: we found at least 13 sessions on student data privacy. The two sessions we attended focused on the need to standardize language, badging, or endorsement of privacy to easily communicate how data is used, stored, and accessed. We were pleased to hear so many people thinking about classroom implications and trying to enable school districts to pre-approve edtech based on standardized privacy implementations so teachers can move forward; these efforts will minimize classroom inconveniences that interfere with learning.
— Scott McQuiggan (@ScottMcQuiggan) March 9, 2015
Science of Learning
SXSWEdu has done a great job bringing in experts on the science of learning. Several sessions focused on the importance of grounding pedagogy, app development, and tech-integration strategies in proven, research-based solutions that align with the cognitive processes responsible for learning.
— I-LABS (@UW_ILABS) March 9, 2015
Collaboration Between Educators and Developers
Year after year, one of our favorite themes is the synergy between developers and educators. Our relationship with and feedback from teachers is something we value at SAS Curriculum Pathways. Why? Because they are at the heart of our mission: building what educators need the most in emerging technology.
— Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) March 9, 2015
Although SXSEdu focuses on innovation in the education space, we continue to hear the conversation point back to the importance of professional development. The success of any tech integration is especially contingent on the quality of PD that supports the initiative.
"For every $1 spent on tech, $1 should be spent on professional development." J. Schugar YES! #SXSWedu
— Lucy Kosturko (@LucyKosturko) March 9, 2015