There are just over 1,200 panel proposals submitted for 2016’s SXSWedu conference. A relative handful of these will actually be accepted, although most of them feature renowned leaders in education and touch on topics of urgent importance. But it’s not just a panel of experts deciding who makes the cut; 30% of a proposal’s final score comes from public voting via PanelPicker, but with so many proposals, how can you choose which deserve your thumbs-up? In no particular order, here are just a few of our recommendations; click on each title to vote by September 4:
Fair Use: Let it Transform You This one features our own Executive Director, D.C. Vito, who will be speaking with Renee Hobbs of the University of Rhode Island about how and why educators should integrate fair use practices in the connected classroom.
Modern Social Studies: New Standards, New Tools “Social studies education provides a framework in which to develop a student’s role in society. It is woven into literacy, civics, geography, history, and current events and provides a foundation for how students understand the world. But, are today’s students making these connections?” This panel features D.C. Vito as well as Eric Contreras (NYC DOE), Louise Dube (iCivics) and Christine Sciascia (Mark Twain IS 239).
Tackling Words and Images Critically with Students “Technology and schooling continue to evolve, and teachers must continue to support/equip students with literacy skills needed to participate, engage, and succeed in our global and digital society. To do so, students must develop skills to read in print and online, decode these messages, and critically think about text and media. The diverse panel will address strategies and techniques for teaching students to read texts critically and deepen comprehension of digital texts.” Featuring Steve Siden (Actively Learn), Michele Haiken (Rye Middle School) and Emily Keating (Jacob Burns Film Center).
Making Web Literacy the Fourth ‘R’ in Education “By 2025, almost 5 billion individuals will be online – up from the 2.9 billion currently on the Web. If equipped with Web literacy education, these new Internet users could unlock tremendous social and economic opportunities. Mark [Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation] will discuss the importance of Web literacy and explore examples.”
Tech+MediaLit = Critical Production “Students need to be able to think critically and responsibly as they use technology, whether to express themselves and to participate in the global village through social media or through coding and games. Media literacy provides the skills of critical analysis necessary to decode and encode media — anytime, anywhere…This panel will address the tech, medialit and production know-how needed for classrooms today.” With Tessa Jolls (Center for Media Literacy), Brad Koepenick (iLeadSchools) and Ann McMullan (education technology consultant).
Library Media Mentors Transform “Learn how the Association for Library Service to Children’s commitment to bridging the 30 million word gap and supporting expanded broadband access to underserved communities place libraries at the natural intersection of early learning, digital media and community transformation. Children’s librarians, in the important role of Media Mentor, are the trusted conduit for families to experience and navigate the wealth of media available to them and their young children. Libraries incorporate media of all types into the menu of high quality content and services they offer while modeling positive parent-child engagement strategies— critical to fostering educational success.” With Andrew Medlar (Association for Library Service to Children).
Can Hip Hop Save Us? Youth & School Culture Panel “Regardless of one’s nationality, ethnicity, and/or social class, everyone is familiar with, and has knowledge of, hip hop. Yet, hip hop culture, which is youth culture, is stigmatized, marginalized and prohibited from school settings. If youth culture is deemed irrelevant, does that affect their academic achievement and their self worth? Is there a correlation to the high school graduation rate? Curated by Urban Arts Partnership, this panel includes teachers, professors, and popular rappers where we pose this essential question: Can hip hop’s presence in social media and pop culture be leveraged to prepare students for careers and college?” Featuring James Miles (Urban Arts Partnership), Mike Render (Run the Jewels), Audra the Rapper and Brian Mooney (Urban Arts Partnership).