Today marks the first day of SXSWedu in Austin, and although we can’t be at the conference this year, we’re thrilled to hear about all the latest news and announcements coming out of the education conference that brings together teachers, administrators, professors, business, and policy leaders to collaborate on new ideas to improve learning.
A number of interesting announcements have already come out of the conference, and it’s only day one! The first is the $100 million K12 database for U.S. public school students. Amplify Education has spent the last 18 months developing the database, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. When the database is ready to launch, the Gates Foundation will turn it over to the nonprofit inBloom to run it.
Many school districts, who as of now have to sift through multiple databases to find scattered student information, are thrilled about this development, as are edtech entrepreneurs who are eager to get their hands on the information therein to enhance personalized learning. Parents, however, are less thrilled and worry about the security of their children’s information within the database. Read more about the controversy at Reuters.
In other SXSWedu news, textbook giants McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning released announcements today at the conference. McGraw-Hill Education released Government in Action, a 3D multiplayer game that simulates the experience of being a member of the U.S. Congress, while Cengage announced that they’ve collaborated with the Smithsonian and will develop a digital archive to house back issues of both Smithsonian and Air and Space magazine, as well as other Smithsonian collections and resources.
Continue to check the conference’s website for additional news and announcements, and be sure to follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #SXSWedu.
Check out this short video on SXSWedu, posted on Edudemic.
Are you one of the lucky ones attending this year’s conference? Check out the online schedule to navigate all the events taking place, and be sure to download the mobile app that allows you to view and build your schedule throughout the week.
Please share your impressions of SXSWedu with us in the comments below, or via Twitter to @ce_doyle or @Technapex!