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Written by Jessi | July 24, 2015

PanelPicker Deadline Extended: Submit Proposals Through the Weekend

Did the deadline to enter your session idea for SXSWedu 2016 sneak up on you? You are in luck, SXSWedu is extending the PanelPicker entry deadline through the weekend. You now have until 11:59pm CST on Sunday, July 26 to turn your proposal in! Take advantage of this extra time to get your proposal in the mix before it's too late.

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Written by Jessi | July 22, 2015

Thanks for Joining Us on the PanelPicker Meet Up Tour!

After a very successful series of trips to meet with the education community in various U.S. cities, the SXSWedu team is back in Austin. Thanks to the passionate community, this year's PanelPicker meet up tour was a huge success. There was a nice mixture of SXSWedu veterans and newbies at each of the meet ups, resulting in great networking, connections and compelling conversations. Keep reading for a quick look at some of the highlights!

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Written by Jessi | July 17, 2015

How to Plan the Ultimate Session for SXSWedu

SXSWedu is currently accepting session submissions for the 2016 Conference & Festival, March 7-10. Submitting a session idea is fairly simple, but submitting a GREAT session idea requires a little more thought. With hundreds of ideas entered each year, it's important that you put forth the extra effort to make your proposal shine. Here's what you need to know to plan and submit the ultimate SXSWedu session idea!

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Written by Nicole | July 16, 2015

3 Ways to Participate in the Playground

The Playground is a unique and creative destination at SXSWedu that fosters innovation through discovery. This casual learning space provides an outlet for attendees to explore, participate and learn with like-minded individuals focusing on maker, gaming, virtual learning, accessibility, arts integration and much more.

There are three elements that contribute to the wall-to-wall creative energy in the Playground: Displays, Hands On and Talks. Learn more about each to decide the best fit to participate for you and your organization.

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Written by Jessi | July 13, 2015

What Format Should I Choose for My PanelPicker Session Proposal?

Picking the right session format for your PanelPicker idea is important. The session formats at SXSWedu are designed to better convey and support your goals for the session. The format you choose will directly effect how your session will look and operate; this includes the duration, the number of speakers, the way the room is set up and the AV equipment that will be provided.

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Written by Jessi | July 2, 2015

Everything You Need to Know to Attend SXSWedu on a Budget

There's tremendous value, both professionally and personally, in attending an education conference. Conferences offer you opportunities for continued learning, a fresh perspective, insights into new techniques and tools, new connections and so much more! That said, one of the biggest factors preventing education professionals from taking part in conference events is the cost associated with attending. SXSWedu has worked hard to reduce and eliminate financial barriers for teachers and education professionals wishing to attend the March event. So here's the inside scoop on how to attend SXSWedu on a budget!

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Written by Gaby | June 25, 2015

Welcome to PanelPicker

Each year SXSWedu relies on you, the passionate education community, to create session ideas for the upcoming event. PanelPicker, the official crowdsourcing platform for session programming, allows you to enter for a chance to have your innovative session idea selected, as well as vote on all submissions to help shape SXSWedu 2016. This is truly your event and now is the time to enter for a chance to speak!