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SXSW Brings Education Expo 2014 to the Austin Convention Center

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SXSW (also known as South By) is many things to many people. Some think of it as a music scene, others focus on the films while others come for the technology and interactive events. There is something for everyone. For educators, Education Expo will be an experience to remember!

Many think of crowds and traffic and parking woes and more crowds, but like all great things, they usually come at a price. It is a high energy experience with so much to see and do and learn! There are many parking garages in the area for those with cars and a great mass transit system for the rest. Worried about leaving the festival site to forage for food? No worries. There are food trailers and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Stop by the Peached Tortilla food truck for example. Culinary delights await that will please even the most persnickety palate. Austin is home to some of the most fabulous gastronomical adventures in the world!

What some fail to realize is that there is an Education Expo in tandem with the festival that provides a platform for the newest educational trends and pedagogy as well as a wonderful networking opportunity among other things. Administrators who have attended know that it is the best of an educational conference/convention with unlimited opportunities for professional development. Why send your teachers away to train in other cities and spend unnecessary funds when they can receive what they need right here at home while supporting the Austin economy as an added perk!

SXSWedu 2014 Education Expo provides a collaborative community environment for learners of all ages to explore their immediate and long-term education and career goals. With hands-on, interactive exhibits, the Education Expo offers attendees the opportunity to engage with local education initiatives as well as the educational and career choices with which they are most intrigued.

There is a surge of entrepreneurial energy in the education market generating a growing demand for collaboration between the developers and the educators adopting new innovative products and services. The Startup Showcase, hosted by Blackboard, is a networking event that spotlights emerging education startups and provides an opportunity for attendees to connect one-on-one with the entrepreneurs, demo new products and services and provide real time feedback in a casual atmosphere.

Education Expo Highlights:
• Future Plans, a re-imagined college and career fair driven by students' interests in finding and fueling their individual passion.
• STEM Central, highlighting local science fair winners and education tools for next generation learning.
• School District Installations, supporting public school districts connecting and engaging with the community.
• Informal Learning including after school programs, online programs and summer camps.
• Continuing Education for adults interested in expanding their skill set for a rapidly evolving economy.

Playground Talk Guest Speakers and Topics (30 minutes total time, including audience Q&A)
Eric Mott (Giddings High School) Adventures in 3D Printing
Anthony Rotolo (Syracuse University) & Isaac Budmen (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) By the Numbers: New Research on Games and Learning
Ann McMullan (Project Tomorrow) Developing Innovators: Lessons Learned from Spark!LabSmithsonian
Tricia Edwards (Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation) Empowering Youth Changemakers with Technology and Design
Libby Falck (IDEAco)Games, Critical Thinking and Assessment
Celia Alicata (Classroom, Inc) & Avid Conover (Connally High School) #GBL: New Evidence and New Demand, Or Mostly Hype
Michael Levine (Joan Ganz Cooney Center) Inspire the Imagineer within Every Child
Melissa Pickering (iCreate to Educate)ED Do Now: A National Debate on Current Events Using Social Media
Matthew Williams (KQED Public Media)Learning Together Where Art, Science and Technology Meet
Daniella Marchese (TIFF Bell Lightbox - Toronto International Film Festival) Level Up Your STEM Education Program!
Dan Magaha (GameSalad) Playful Calculation = Design Creativity
Derek Ham (MIT) & Waldorf Education: Artistry Meets Academics
Betsy Hanelius (Austin Waldorf School)
Mart Barnett (Geekbus) Designing with Empathy and the Design Thinking Process
Josh Chan (LightUp)LightUp Electronics Playground: Learn by Making!
Serious Fun--SaulPaul: Dream in 3D Mobile Game App SaulPaul (ReRoute Music Group)
Gary Goldberger (FableVision) Shape the Future of Games for Learning
Ellen Jameson (Filament Games) Special Education: Bring Your Robot to School!
Greg Sutton (TinyEYE Therapy Services)Students as Producers: Game Design and Coding for Kids
Teachers As Executive Producers of Digital Media Humberto Perez (John B. Connally High School)
Kristina Gosh (Columbia College Chicago Center For Community Arts Partnerships)
Erika Valenciana (Columbia College Chicago Center For Community Arts Partnerships)

Schedule Overview
Below is a brief overview of the schedule for SXSWedu 2014. Visit the online schedule and download the SXSWedu Mobile App for a detailed lineup of programming and events for the 2014 SXSWedu Conference & Festival.
Register online to attend SXSWedu March 3-6, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Sunday, March 2
4:00pm - 8:00pm - Registration and Badge Pickup

Monday, March 3
8:00am - 8:00pm - Registration and Badge Pickup
12:00pm - 6:00pm - Networking Lounges
12:00pm - 6:00pm - Bookstore & Book Signings
12:00pm - 6:00pm - Playground Displays, Talks & Hands On
12:30pm - 1:00pm - Opening Session: Making the Most of SXSWedu
1:00pm - 5:30pm - Sessions and Workshops
3:30pm - 11:00pm - eduFILM Screenings
5:30pm - 7:30pm - Startup Showcase
7:30pm - 11:00pm - Opening Party

Tuesday, March 4
7:30am - 9:00am - Morning Mixer
8:00am - 6:00pm - Registration and Badge Pickup
8:00am - 6:00pm - Networking Lounges
8:00am - 6:00pm - Bookstore & Book Signings
8:00am - 6:00pm - Playground Displays, Talks & Hands On
9:00am - 4:00pm - Sessions and Workshops
10:00am - 10:30am - Pearson Foundation Special Announcement
10:30am - 11:00pm - eduFILM Screenings
10:30am - 12:30pm - LAUNCHedu Competition Lightning Round

2:00pm - 8:00pm - Education Expo
3:00pm - 4:00pm - LAUNCHedu: Educator Insights
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Keynote - Norma & Vivienne Ming
5:30pm - 7:30pm - Meet Ups
8:00pm - 11:00pm - SXSWedu Conference & Festival Party

Wednesday, March 5
7:30am - 9:00am - Morning Mixer
8:00am - 6:00pm - Registration and Badge Pickup
8:00am - 6:00pm - Networking Lounges
8:00am - 6:00pm - Bookstore & Book Signings
8:00am - 6:00pm - Playground Displays, Talks & Hands On
9:00am - 4:00pm - Sessions and Workshops
10:30am - 11:00pm - eduFILM Screenings
1:30pm - 2:30pm - LAUNCHedu Competition Showdown Round
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Keynote
5:30pm - 7:30pm - Meet Ups
7:30pm - 11:30pm - LAUNCHedu Party and Winner Announcement

Thursday, March 6
8:00am - 12:00pm - Networking Lounges
8:00am - 12:00pm - Bookstore & Book Signings
8:00am - 12:00pm - Playground Displays, Talks & Hands On
9:00am - Noon - Registration and Badge Pickup
9:00am - 11:30am - Sessions and Workshops
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Keynote - Jeffrey Tambor
1:00pm - 2:30pm - Closing BBQ

*SXSWedu Conference & Festival schedule is subject to change.

If you only registered for the education expo, don't forget there are tons of free events, concerts, and parties.

SXSW EduExpo celebrates the Central Texas community's hunger and passion for lifelong learning, from cradle to career and beyond. Wear comfortable shoes and enjoy this extravaganza of epic proportions! See you there.

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