Last year I attended the full version of South by Southwest Education and came home with an information hangover. This year I drove into Austin for a day to check out the Learning Expo, which was described as “free and open to the public programming aligned with SXSW Edu Learning Expo”. The Learning Expo exhibit hall was a mix of STEM gadgets, performing arts groups, business competition and college fair, there was even a science fair and a cooking kitchen, while the public programming included sessions about local projects in Austin schools.
In the afternoon I attended a PBS Kids EdCamp. The program was designed to function as an unconference (an unconference is a loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a structured program). At lunch I sat between a public television producer and an executive career coach, who told me about free online professional development programs for digital media and media literacy and using ‘discomfort zones’ to learn with agility.
EdCamp Foundation – https://www.edcamp.org/
SXSW Education – https://www.sxswedu.com/
KQED Teach – https://teach.kqed.org/