March 5 – 8, 2018

UT at SXSW EDU

Sessions
Faculty, Staff, Students, & Alumni

Showing of sessions

Arts

Mar 5

Amira Pollock (The University of Texas at Austin): Mentor

Talk to me about:- Improv - Think On Your Feet: Appear confident, be positive, & respond quickly - Self-Promotion - Brag With ease, enthusiasm & clarity - Arts Integration - Implementing drama-based Instruction for Math, Science, or any classroom
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Informal Education

Mar 5

Museum, Library, & Out-of-School-Time Ed Meet Up

If you are a library, museum, or out-of-school time professional, or if you would like to meet with the great people who work in these settings, then join us for an interactive gathering. We are meeting to share ideas, forge connections, and consider possibilities for collaborations. Come with ideas related to trends and issues in libraries, museums, and informal learning spaces that you would like to explore in breakout, unconference-style discussions.
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Equity

Mar 5

Design Thinking Has a Pedagogy Problem

Are you an educator working to fight inequality? If so, according to a recent article by Meg Miller of FastCo, you should go ahead and “forget design thinking.” For educational innovators, this advice may come as a surprise. Design thinking is a hot buzzword: Indeed, its icons headline the most prominent education conferences, its boot camps are sold by the most prestigious universities, and popup trainings from established design firms are ubiquitous. In this Futures session, we will explore Julie Schell’s emerging idea that design thinking has a serious pedagogy problem. And we will consider the reality that Miller’s article, “Want to Fight Inequality? Forget Design Thinking” is a harbinger of where design thinking is headed if we do not fix how we are teaching and learning it in education. The large majority of design thinking instruction occurs via short bursts. Such booster shots result in whirlwinds of fun and extraordinarily engaging experiences. But what happens when the curtain closes? When we return to our classrooms and realize that simply following a five-step process practiced once in a 90-minute session, isn’t going to touch the wickedest problems our teachers and kids face? #SXSWedu #designthinking #design
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Equity

Mar 5

OverDisciplined UnderEducated

This Campfire session will explore how schools act to control black bodies. Real-world examples show direct and subtle ways that black children are controlled in school. Participants can share their own stories from the perspectives of parent, former or current student, educator, advocate or community organizer. We will also apply our life experiences as a Black woman/scholar/advocate and a White woman/scholar/advocate to think about collective anti-racist methods.
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SEL

Mar 6

Educating Students in Recovery from Addiction

College and high school are often associated with binge drinking and experimentation with substances. Colleges across the country are recognizing the need for addiction recovery support on campus. Recovery high schools that integrate recovery support are popping up all over the country. This presentation explains how these programs function, who utilizes them, and how communities can come together to support young people pursuing both recovery and an education.
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Leadership

Mar 6

Scientist in Residence: In-Classroom STEM Mentors

Do STEM professional role models make a difference in K-12 classrooms? In 2002, The University of Texas at Austin's environmental science institute began asking, what happens if the role model is a STEM graduate student who spends a consistent amount of time in the classroom? Hear from a K-12 teacher, a STEM graduate student, and the program's director on the student impact of the highly successful Scientist in Residence program at The University of Texas at Austin.
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Informal Education

Mar 6

The Dumpster Project: Inspiration as Education

The Dumpster Project is transforming a 36 square foot trash dumpster into a sustainable home as a STEM and environmental learning platform. This open-ended and flexible project serves as an experiment, a living lab, and a versatile scaffold for informal science learning. During this workshop, we will demonstrate how curiosity motivates learning and how to inspire creative action through an informal learning pedagogy centered on counter-intuitive experiences and emotional engagement.
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Employability

Mar 6

Why Science Fairs May be Humanity’s Best Hope

STEM competitions are superhero training grounds. They foster confidence by helping young people think big about the world’s challenges. This panel brings us three youth superheroes who—by participating in the Society for Science & the Public’s STEM competitions like the International Science and Engineering Fair & the Science Talent Search—are seeking to solve our most intractable problems. These college students will share how STEM competitions instill confidence in the next generation.
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Expo

Mar 6

UT at The Learning Expo: Together, we change the world.

The Learning Expo merges the diverse SXSW EDU community with Central Texas students in a unique, high-energy experience. The event features more than a hundred exhibitors, student performances, a student startup competition and opportunities for personal and professional development through session programming and coaching.
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Learning Spaces

Mar 7

Texas: Getting Students On Course for Success

Presented by Texas OnCourse: Planning for life after high school is daunting. Join us to see how UT Austin harnesses technology, gamification, and cross-sector collaboration to transform postsecondary planning for students, families, and educators. Explore the Texas OnCourse Academy, a digital tool providing everything you need to know to support students’ post-high school decisions. Put yourself in students’ shoes, mapping your course through high school with MapMyGrad and playing MiddleGalaxy, a career exploration game.
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Arts

Mar 7

Student/Teacher Led Creative Learning for Schools

Research suggests critical and creative young people are central to our 21st century success as a society. However, school change efforts often position students as the problem not the solution. Come explore what happens when young people and teachers drive learning improvement and pedagogical shift in an arts-based school change model. This panel shares the success and struggles of artist and education project leaders in the South Australian Creative Body-based Learning project.
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Continuing Education

Mar 7

Brooke Miller (The University of Texas at Austin): Mentor

Talk to me about: - Psychology - Blended learning - Creating online educational videos
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Continuing Education

Mar 7

From Dorm Room to Board Room

Presented by Blackstone Charitable Foundation: In an increasingly competitive landscape, universities strive to provide students with meaningful experiential education opportunities in entrepreneurship and beyond to ensure they are best prepared to meet workforce demands. Blackstone Launchpad and Techstars will discuss how best to support and scale experiential education programs to help students create their own opportunities, build strong networks, and create impact benefitting the institution, and the wider community.
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Employability

Mar 7

Redesigning a Modern-Day College of Fine Arts

As dean of a Fine Arts college at a Research 1 institution, I often wonder if now is the time to rethink our 100-year deference to the “fine arts” at the expense of commercial, popular and practical forms of creative making. How does an arts college remain relevant in a technology-mad, data-crazed, entrepreneurially minded campus? Answer: We have to meet at the intersection of art and enterprise and transform our purpose to better serve our students so they can serve and benefit society. #design #designthinking #cofa
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Instruction

Mar 7

Push: First-Year Students as Agents of Change

Push, a unified approach to learning at The University of Texas that empowers entering students to become agents of change in improving the quality of education, creates strategic practice opportunities for students to make small changes in their own behavior as learners that lead to large changes in their educational experiences. Rather than adopting a passive role in learning, as many have experienced in high school, students are taught to initiate behavior that is known to improve learning.
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Leadership

Mar 7

Cultivating Millennials to be Authentic Leaders

While teaching students to ride a bike from Austin to Anchorage may seem the obvious lesson, it's the journey they endure that provides the deepest education. From hiring to firing, balancing a budget to conflict resolution, to motivation and direction, these students become authentic leaders and sought-after recruits at The University of Texas at Austin. Hear from the founder and others that completed this journey and later went on to be a corporate leader and student body president.
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Party

Mar 7

One State, Endless Opportunity

Enjoy free drinks, munch on hors d'oeuvres, meet the roadtrippers, and watch a sneak peek of the Texas Roadtrip documentary! Join us for this free, fun event during SXSWedu.
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Employability

Mar 8

Implicit Bias & Gen Z Hiring

Gen Z (born after 1995) is the next generation of workforce talent. They are highly diverse, globally connected, and media savvy. We as educators, administrators, and business leaders must meet the new demands of a changing talent market. A common mistake in hiring is (unintentionally) letting implicit biases affect our decisions. This workshop will identify implicit biases, explore current employment practices, and provide tools to decode the assumptions we make about Gen Z.
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Implementation

Mar 8

Personal Sensors: Seeing Through Engineered Eyes

Human augmentation via the vast knowledge base that is the internet is only the beginning. Students at The University of Texas at Austin are beginning to craft personal sensors that can greatly augment what we can see, hear, taste, smell, and touch—paving the way to a fuller integration with cyberspace. These panelists will discuss both the future of personal sensors, and how to launch programs that encourage discovery and entrepreneurship in students.
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