Learning to Think Differently About Education With Help from the SXSW PanelPicker

Written by Todd Hansen | Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013

Education is one of many topics covered in the SXSW PanelPicker

With a daughter on her way to kindergarten in about a year, a lot of the post-dinner conversation with my wife revolves around what we are going to do. Of course we think our daughter is as smart as Amber Case and we don’t want to curb her learning. Our faith in the current state of the Texas education system is not too strong. Thanks Rick P. So it leaves us thinking as broad as possible about how to educate our children and where tech fits into the mix. My mind immediately wanders into the SXSW PanelPicker to see what it has to say.

Hacking Princess Culture: Girls, Games, & Science caught my eye immediately as my daughter is deep into princess mode and it’s good to eventually find a way out. The walls of my house are a bevy of creative impulses sketched by four year old hands. Meanwhile The Creation of Safe Spaces Through Art Education explores the necessity of creative freedom and the importance of it’s place in our lives. Online Learning & Maybe the End of Professionalism may apply to mostly to programmers but in concept it raises great questions about moving online learning into the real world. Something I think about while my kids are jacked into an iPad while I get some cleaning done.

While only a small dose of SXSW PanelPicker proposals focusing on education, it definitely highlights the diversity of ideas and necessity of continued conversation around this issue. It’s a critical time for society as we learn to balance technology’s influence and the core needs of young minds.

Learn which of these SXSW PanelPicker proposals will be part of the March 2014 event by watching this website on Monday, October 14. Also, if learning 2.0 is you main focus, then be sure to attend SXSWedu, scheduled March 3-6, 2014 in Austin.