The McGraw-Hill Learning Lab is the perfect place to recharge or grab a snack in-between SXSW EDU sessions. Come to the Hilton Austin, Room #406 from 2-3pm daily to hear guest speakers on the Learning Science Stage, and stop by anytime during conference hours to help us give-back to local school projects through DonorsChoose.org.
Closing the Digital Gap in Urban Districts
3/6 at 5-6pm in Hilton Salon C
Panelists: Dwight Jones with Michael Hinojosa of Dallas ISD and Pedro Martinez of Houston ISD
Overview: With internet access and technology becoming increasingly more affordable and widespread across U.S. schools, why are schools in urban districts still lagging behind? Panelists will discuss what needs to be done to help schools across urban districts close the digital divide.
AI: Learning Game-Changer or Something to Fear?
3/7 at 11-11:30am in Hilton Salon G
Panelists: Stephen Laster with Lou Pugliese of ASU and Sydney Johnson of EdSurge
Overview: Artificial intelligence is already re-making portions of the economy and opening doors to new products and efficiencies. We’re likely to see more AI in higher education in the near future as well. Is it something to fear, or a tool to help us learn better? This panel will explore key issues colleges must consider as this technology matures.
Teaching the New Majority-Minority Generation
3/7 at 11-12pm in Hilton Room 400-402
Panelists: Heath Morrison with Dr. Jana Echevarria of California St. University and Bill de la Cruz of Denver Public Schools
Overview: As a nation, we are seeing a majority-minority shift across our public schools. With this transformation, educators are addressing both old and new challenges to provide the conditions that lead to equitable learning. Our panel will discuss these challenges and the solutions that can support students and educators to overcome them.
Learning Science in
Monday, March 5 at 2:00PM
Overview: Three learning scientists share insights from recent research projects – and make suggestions for how educators and administrators can apply what they’ve learned in their schools and colleges. Three 10-minute presentations will be followed by a short Q & A.
Three Ways Education Leaders Are Thinking About Equity
Tuesday, March 6 at 2:00PM
Overview: U.S. schools and colleges are serving more students from low-income households and diverse backgrounds than ever before. Yet achievement gaps remain, and equal access is still an issue in many communities and schools. How are education leaders from K-12 and higher education solving the unique equity challenges in their institutions?
Learning Science: Becoming
Wednesday, March 7 at 2:00PM
Overview: How can we as humans learn more effectively and efficiently? Researchers share insights from learning science about how we all can improve our learning – from practicing better to how we can get grittier. Three 10-minute presentations will be followed by a short Q & A.
In 2015, Austin Community College unveiled the Highland ACCelerator, a state-of-the-art facility created out of an abandoned mall which now provides over 600 individual workstations for personalized learning with our ALEKS adaptive courseware. Join us for a guided tour of this unique learning space from 6-8PM on Wednesday, March 7. Busses to the ACCelerator from the Hilton Austin will be available starting at 5PM. Visit our Learning Lab for details.
We believe all children need and deserve exceptional teachers who can unlock their full potential. This year for SXSW EDU we’re supporting educators who are seeking project funding on DonorsChoose.org. If you’re attending SXSW EDU, stop by the McGraw-Hill Learning Lounge anytime to select a project from the McGraw-Hill Education Giving Page, or pick any DonorsChoose.org project that you'd like us to donate to.