Thursday, August 9, 2018
We've put together some incredible proposals for this year's SXSW Edu Conference & Festival, and now we need your support.
Part of the proposal selection process for SXSW includes community voting. This voting counts for 30% of the total input for which sessions are selected. That's where you step in.
Here’s how to vote:
- Create an account.
- Login to your account after confirming your email and go to the PanelPicker to search for entries.
- Once you’ve selected a session, the “Vote Up” and “Vote Down” buttons are located on the left-hand panel on the session page. If you don’t see this left-hand panel, widen your browser window. It’ll show up.
- Comment on your favorite sessions and share them on social media!
If you’d like to support our amazing CAST of Characters, here are the 8 wonderful sessions submitted by CAST staff with links to their session pages:
- The Wonderful Future of Talent and Technology
Sam Johnston & Brynt Parmeter
By 2020 the demand for STEM professionals will add over 1 million new STEM jobs in the US workforce. Employers need to identify new sources of potential talent to build a large and diverse workforce. CAST, with their partners NEXTFLEX will demonstrate a way to help a broad range of young people build and show capabilities in emerging STEM industries through the combination of FLEXFACTOR, industry led project-based learning, and STEMFOLIO a personalized mobile first STEM focused portolio.
- Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
Allison Posey, Lillian Nave, & John Kania
Every student is unique and learns differently. With variability in culture, socio-economic status, race, gender, ethnicity, & more in higher ed, this can make teaching overwhelming. Universal Design for Learning is a framework that empowers educators to address multiple barriers to learning through the design of their environments. To build capable, just, compassionate leaders for our future, we need to create learning opportunities that are rigorous, relevant, inclusive, & accessible for all.
- Co-designing Inclusive Software for Learning
Boris Goldowsky, Kim Ducharme, & Alan Harnum
What is an effective process for creating tools to ensure that K-12 students with disabilities get engaging, high-quality, accessible, and UDL-aligned digital learning materials, especially open education resources (OERs), and that they have voice and agency in the process? Co-design with stakeholders. This session will give you an inside look at the process one year into a five-year project.
- Emotions: The Gatekeepers to Learning
Jennifer Dee, Lisa Carey, Kevin Kent, and Ketia Stokes
Neuroscience demonstrates that emotions are vital to learning. Many teachers, however, are not trained to consider students' emotional states when designing and implementing instruction. This session will describe how emotions can either help or hinder the learning process, highlight best practices for supporting students with mental health concerns, and introduce the Universal Design for Learning framework to assist with designing instruction that leverages emotions for deeper learning.
- UDL: The Language of Learner Variability
As a field of education, we are passionate about meeting the needs of all learners. We see education as a human right and as a means to creating a just future. Can our language cause barriers to this vision? This session will provide an entry point for educators to use the language of Universal Design for Learning and learner variability to find barriers that exist in the curriculum, not the learner.
- UDL: Designing for Learner Variability
Neuroscience tells us that every brain is completely unique, that every person is an individual. Yet schools still teach as if all students learn at the same pace and in the same way.
Join this interactive session to learn the basics of the neuroscience of learning. Participate in a brief design thinking activity that will give you a taste of how to transform your thinking and enrich your lesson design. You will leave ready to master UDL so that ALL students can become expert learners!
- Why UDL: Equity, Agency & Self-Advocacy for ALL
Diana Petschauer, Kathleen McClaskey, and Luis Pérez
As schools move from a traditional system to a personalized, competency-based system, we need to evaluate the tools we have used around ‘learners and learning’ &‘teachers and teaching,’ and understand how a learning science like Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can nurture & build a culture of learning and inclusivity in schools. Then you may ask, why UDL? So that equity can be at the center of the this culture, and agency and self-advocacy can be realized by every learner.
- POURing Accessibility into Educational Materials
Turn learning barriers into learning opportunities by developing educational materials that are designed from the start to be accessible to diverse learners. Learn practical techniques for getting started with accessible educational materials based on the four POUR principles: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust. Following an assistive technology demonstration, participants will work in a shared document to collaboratively improve its accessibility.
Thanks so much for your support! We can't do what we do without you.