What to expect at SXSWedu

The second annual SXSWedu begins tomorrow and runs through Thursday, March 7 at the Downtown Hilton in Austin, Texas.

The conference will kick off tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with ‘On the Horizon: Harnessing Emerging Technologies in Education.” It will feature Larry Johnson of the New Media Consortium, who notes: “This interactive session will look back over a decade of findings from the highly influential Horizon Reports. What can we learn from these annual reports on emerging technologies for learning, and how should they inform the actions of teachers, administrators, colleges of education, policymakers and the private sector?”

SXSWedu will feature more than 100 sessions, including: ‘iBook – Going Mobile in the High School Classroom,’ ’21 Ways to Integrate Social Media Into Your Class,’ ‘Effectively Webcasting Classes in Real Time,’ ‘Using Interactive Art to Enhance Math Education,’ and ‘Game Design: The ABCs of Keeping Students Engaged.’

The scheduled keynote speakers are: Actor, director, and producer LeVar Burton (March 6), Pearson chief executive Marjorie Scardino (March 7), and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (March 8).

This year, the conference will also feature a ‘Spotlight Series of Distinguished Speakers for 2012,’ which includes: Teach for America chief knowledge officer Steven Farr, Creative Commons CEO Catherine M. Casserly, Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education, and SuperBetter CEO Jane McGonigal.

Visit sxswedu.com for more information and detailed daily schedules, and stay tuned for EdTech Times’ coverage of the event.