Sessions and Workshops

SXSWedu session photo by Jessy Ann Huff

Daytime sessions and workshops make up the bulk of the conference program at SXSWedu and are crowdsourced by community members via PanelPicker. Programming is presented in a variety of formats, as seen below.

For questions about PanelPicker submissions check out the PanelPicker FAQ or email with questions.

Program Tracks

Program Formats

Session formats highlight the various styles of engagement at SXSWedu. Formats differ in duration and level of audience participation. Attendees are encouraged to participate in multiple formats for a dynamic experience during their time at SXSWedu.

Case Studies

(1-3 Speakers • 60 min)
An opportunity for individuals or organizations to present their research and analyses of projects, policies, institutions or other systems followed by an audience Q&A.

A Gender Lens: Evolving Equality in Education

Creating Sustainable Education by Developing Games

Diversity in STEM: A Case Study of the NNTRC

Educators as the Most Optimistic Innovators

Facing Ferguson: A News Literacy Case Study

Innovating Instruction: Teachers as Designers

Learning in the Arena: Reimagining High School

Learning Spaces to Catalyze Socioeconomic Growth

Let's Chat...Bots in Higher Education

Leveraging Tech to Link Wellness & Success @ CSU

Public Private Partnerships - The K-12 Funding Gap

Run, Jump, Code. Everyone Can Do It?

Special Education: Modern Day Segregation

The Therapeutic and Pedagogical Benefits of Improv

When the TEX Meets the MEX: Two Way Dual Language

Zone Learning: Training Innovators & Entrepreneurs

Core Conversations

(1-2 Speakers • 60 min)
A speaker led informal and open conversation with attendees around a particular topic. Attend these sessions ready to share your insights.

A Creative Approach to Emotional Intelligence

Advocating for students: ESSA Implementation

Beats and Lyrics for Healing and Learning

Beyond Buenos Días: Life Hacks for the EL Educator

Black Lives Matter Does Black Curriculum

College Completion: Coloring Outside the Lines

Combat Inequity With Mastery

Determining the Value of Credentialing

Equality, Justice & Access for the Deaf Community

Global Competency through International-mindedness

How to Create Leaders in an Online World

How to Engage over a Million Teachers Everyday

Leaders Dilemma-Innovate or Improve Incrementally?

Paying the Price

Reaching 95% Invention Literacy

Say Yes to Education

Sex Ed Through a Positive Youth Development Lens

Student EmPOWERment: Who's the Boss?

Teaching is Fun Again with Deeper Learning

The “Malia Effect”: Making a Gap Year the New Norm

Unsanctioned Professional Development 2.0

Using International Short Film as a Teaching Tool

When a 6-Minute Speech Becomes a Movement

Why We Need to Talk with Students about Race


(2-3 Speakers • 60 min)
A constructive moderated discussion between two leaders of opposing viewpoints, followed by audience Q&A.

Good, Bad & Ugly: Blended Learning Effectiveness

The EduVoice: Battle Round


(1 Speaker • 20 min)
A short, focused presentations structured in a rapid-fire format to deliver two compelling talks within a one-hour period.

Breakout EDU - It's Time for Something Different

Bridging the Skill Gap from School to Work

Daily Student Lead EdCamp Period

Design Thinking as a Core Fundamental in Education

Developing Student Agency via Internships at Scale

Digital Invaders: New Education for a New World

Dyslexia A Sea Of Strength Catching The Wave Early

Ecology as a Model for Teaching

EDUBOTS - Lessons from Pedagogical Chatbots

Experimental Learning: Teaching Tech Outdoors

Exponential Change Impacts Our World & Education

Honesty: You're Doing It Wrong!

Just Small Change: How to Teach Students Autonomy

Keeping It Real: Attitudes, Privilege and Project

Next Generation Transmedia Learning Ecosystems

Not Alone: Supporting First Generation Students

Program Level Marketing: It's How to Catch 'Em All

Responsible Inclusion

S.T.A.T: Preparing Globally Competitive Students

SkillsEngine: Convert Courses into Competencies

Standing Ovation: Retention through Recognition

Student Agency in Action

Tackling the Tech Pipeline Tangle

Using Innovation to Transform School Culture

What All Schools Can Learn From LD Schools

When Public Education Data Isn’t Really Public

Why Are We Still Using Curriculum from the 1800s?

Why Creative Professionals Make Great Teachers

Young Children Need #blacklivesmatter

Your Lesson is a Joke! Bring Humor to School

Industry Talks

(1-3 Speakers • 30 min)
A casual presentation highlighting key insights and market trends influencing education business, including an audience Q&A.

Connecting Ed and Tech to Drive Student Outcomes

EdTech Research: Who Pays Attention?

ESSA: What Ed-Tech Providers Need to Know

Nordic Knowledge - Sharing with Edutech Startups

Open Innovation in Community Colleges WIIFM? Us?

Meet Ups

(1-2 Speakers • 60 min)
A topic-focused networking event that encourage communities at SXSWedu to connect with others who share similar passions or interests during the event.

EDU-tuber Meet Up

Global Collaboration Meet Up

How to Have the BEST SXSWedu EVER Meet Up

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

Panel Discussions

(2-4 Speaker • 60 min)
A diverse and focused discussion around a particular topic followed by audience Q&A.

A New School Model? Will it Last?

A Workforce Shift to Alternative Credentials

Anatomy of On-Campus Activism & Organizing

App Overkill: Going Beyond the Buzz Words

Big Data, Smart Ethics: The Rules of the Road

Brain in a Box: Smithsonian Partnership Pilot

Bringing Innovation into Early Learning

Building an Inquiry-Based School Model

Call to Vendors: Simplify Data Access for Schools

Can Digital Tools Boost Social-Emotional Learning?

Can Higher Ed Lift K-12 System to New Heights?

College & Career Readiness: A Whole New World

Creative Impact: School and Community Partnerships

Data Coaches: An Offensive Strategy for Change

Designing Organizations to Support Tech on Campus

Driving Social Innovation: Free Education

EdCorps: Where STEAM Meets Student Run Business

EdTech is the Question, Not the Answer

Elevating Educator Prep with Micro-Credentials

ELL Student Voice

Engaging Students Through Immersive Role Play

Entrepreneurship Ignites Project Based Learning

Forget What You Know: The Power of Unlearning

Fostering the Maker Movement in Early Childhood Ed

Future Ready Librarians: They're Out There

Getting High School Dropouts to Drop Back In

HBCU Educators, Advocates, & Entrepreneurs

Hit Refresh: Evolving Computer Science Instruction

How is the Entrepreneurialism Mindset Developed?

How Restorative Justice Can Impact Your Community!

How to Make Awesome Educational Videos

Humans of K-12 Purchasing

Inspiring Student Innovation through Competitions

Is Art School Squelching Creative Rebellion?

Learning and Leading in a Project-Based World

Learning from Children in the Most Remote Places

Maker Ed: It's Not about What You Make

MakerSpaces: How to Start with Mindset Not Toolset

Music: A Catalyst for Social and Academic Change

Network Effect: Robust Learning Pathways for All

New Media Literacy: Storytelling as Change Agent

Next Gen Schools Share the Future of Data

Next-Generation Parent Engagement

Opinionated Products

Out of the Box: Early Learning in the Community

Personalized Learning & the Tech to Make It Happen

Postsecondary Privacy - Student Data Analytics

Preparing Students Emotionally for College

Preserving Creativity with Intentionality

Reach & Engage More Adult Learners Via Mobile Tech

Responding to Syria's Higher Education Emergency

Scaling the Boot Camp Model for Middle Class Jobs

Separating Hype from Reality: AR/VR and Learning

So You Want to Create a Makerspace?

Startup 101: Experiencing Entrepreneurship in K-12

Student Data Privacy, Safety, and the FBI - Oh My!

Student Success Through Improved Financial Health

Students as Education Innovators

Systems Integration: Whose Job is it Anyway?

Talking the Talk: Anti-bias & Other Hard Topics

Teachers Are Learners, Too: Next Gen Learning & PD

Teaching: Art, Science, or Both?

The Art & Science of Spatial Perception

The Fall of Newspapers: What Higher Ed Can Learn

The Tale of Two Cities in Central Texas

The World Needs More Inventors, Starting with Kids

Think Outside the Bubble: Reimagining Assessment

Think Preparing Teachers Is a Game? It Can Be

Three Global Education Networks, One K-12 Ambition

Transgender Student Rights in K-12 Education

Using Data & Tech to Bring SPED up to Speed

What Youth with Disabilities Want from Education

Why Does Global Education Matter?

Why Have We Failed on Remediation?

Why Is K-12 Education So Slow to Change?

Will VR Really Impact Student Outcomes?

Wired for Job-Embedded Online Learning

You Say "Code for All!" We Say Code for What?

Playground Talks

(1-2 Speakers • 30 min)
A casual stage presentation highlighting discovery-based learning activities in the SXSWedu Playground, including an audience Q&A.

Artistry in Juvenile Justice through Guitar

Bringing History to Life with Augmented Reality

Coding as Activism for Teens

CS Edu: Hack Science and the World's Problems

Embedded Empathy: Incorporating SEL in Content

Launching a Successful Drone Edu Program

Pixar in a Box - An Overview

Playing with History

Teaching Storytelling for Empathy and Engagement

The Space between Technology and Disability

Virtual Reality in Education -- Best Practices?

Wonderplace: History Museums and ECE

Playground Hands On

(1-2 Speakers • 30 min) A casual hands on experience showcasing a particular idea in the SXSWedu Playground.

3 Ways to Boost Curiosity in Young Scientists

Build-Your-Own Learning Environment

Crowdfunding Equitable & Inclusive Makerspaces

Gamifying Practice in Music & Arts Education

Monsters, Fear, & My Hat: Poetry in Autism Ed

Script, Serve, Sew & Solder-Enriching CS with PBL

Seed to Table-Whole Grain, Whole Garden Classroom

Show & Tell

(1-2 Speakers • 30 min)
A unique opportunity for organizations to showcase their products and services to the forward thinking community at SXSWedu.

Problem Solvers

(1-3 Speakers • 120 min)
An interactive exercise de- signed to address a prevalent challenge where speakers facilitate a number of small group discussions to identify possible solutions.

Curriculum Overload - Let's Get Rid of Some Stuff!

Engaging the Community

From Preschool to Pre-Service: Expecting Inclusion

Pop Up Problems of Practice in Competency Ed

Teaching Creativity: How, Why and the Impact


(1-4 Speakers per hour • Half day or whole day)
An extended form of programming with multiple formats that creates an intimate and collaborative environment to arrive at actionable outcomes.

A Pedagogy for Personalization

Blended: Practices & Conditions to Get It Right

Challenges and Solutions for Refugee Students

From Information to Experience: Education & A/M/VR

Future City: An Immersive Project Based Experience

Learning the Undeniable Truth About Inclusion

Using Distributive Leadership to Transform Schools


(1-3 Speakers • 120 min)
An in-depth, instructional program with hands-on learn- ing and specific takeaways.

#mindfulAISD: Mindfulness in Austin ISD

Are You a Neuroteacher . . . Yet?

Beyond Tables & Chairs; Designing Learning Spaces

Bringing Your Stories to Life

Build that Code! Teach Coding with 3D Construction

Building Blended Learning Teacher Leaders

Computational Thinking Makes Better Learners

Creating a Social Campaign in the Ed Sector

Creating Communities of Opportunity for All

Creating within Constraints: New Meets Old

Design + Leadership

Design Your Own VR Experience for EDU

Elementary Making, a Design Thinking Experience

Enhance Student Creativity with PBL

Exploring the Refugee Crisis in the Classroom

From Schooling to Learning: EdTech Breeding Space

Funding K-12 Technology Through Grants

Hip Hop in the Science Classroom

Hustle N’ Code: An Inner-city Learning Revolution

Make Yourself: Maker Mindset for Authentic Leaders

Makerspaces: Moving Beyond Accessibility with UDL

Making Critical Thinking Real with Digital Tools

Making Smart Decisions in a Crowded Ed Tech Market

Racial Equity & D.Thinking Need Each Other: Why?

Satellite Studios: Using Tech to Learn and Create

ScratchX: The Next Frontier for Scratchers

STEM for Little Learners

Storyboarding: How to Design Teaching that Sticks

The Tool to Combat Bias in the Classroom

Virtual Exchange Projects for Global Collaboration

Photo by Jessy Ann Huff.