I always get questions about SXSWEDU from fellow educators and how it compares to other conferences and events so I wanted to address that in this post.
Background on SXSWEDU
There really is no comparison to TCEA and/or ISTE. While SXSWEDU, TCEA, and ISTE are all essentially conferences for educators, they differ greatly in their scope and focus. TCEA and ISTE are perfect for learning about new tools and fun engaging ways to deliver content. SXSWEDU, however, is one of the only ones that I know that is at the cross section of K-12, higher education, entrepreneurs, and politicians. You won’t find sessions like “How to Use Kahoot” but you will find sessions with overarching big ideas and trending topics organized by track like “Cognitive Process” , “Employability”, “Equity”, “Leadership”, “SEL”, etc… I don’t think one is better than the other… it is more just choosing the right conference for the right purpose. If I had to choose, I would actually do SXSWEDU and a conference like ISTE or TCEA on a rotating basis so I would get the best of both worlds. I am fortunate that TCEA and SXSWEDU both happen to be (at least for the time being) in Austin, TX, my home town. 😉
So with that said, I wanted to share my SXSWEDU recap for those that either didn’t attend this year and/or didn’t attend the sessions I took notes on.
Background on My Note-Taking
I have been taking notes again in analog for the past 3 years or so. I find it helps me stay focused and not get so distracted. I also tend to remember what I write more and I find I return to the notebooks more often than I did with my digital notes. The downside is that all of the notes are analog and I can’t easily share links to resources. Thinglink has been a godsend for that as it allows me to add pictures, text pop-ups, and links to slide decks, videos, etc…
I will be sharing my process in greater detail in an upcoming post. In the interim. I wanted to share my interactive notes. I should also mention that each note and/or link has a part 2 which can be accessed by clicking on the arrows on each image. Again… All of the images below ARE INTERACTIVE … if you don’t immediately see the interactive nubbins, hover over the image. 😉 I wouldn’t want you to miss any of the resources, links, and nuggets.
Balancing Learning with Analog and Digital
Schooling and Getting Schooled
Human Skills for Digital Natives
Human Skills for Digital Natives – This session was downright fantastic. I ended up buying the book. It was about the importance of boredom and how it positively impacts creativity. Very timely and lots of great data and information shared about regulation. Also, the speaker is the host of the podcast “Note to Self”.
Rigorous Whimsy: Understanding Through Creativity
Rigorous Whimsy: Understanding Through Creativity – I read this book last summer. It is written my two of my favorite people Dan Ryder and Amy Burvall. It is chocked full of great ideas to infuse creativity. I have also added it to my “18 Books Everyone Should Read in 2018” list with a slightly more detailed description.
Empathetic By Design
Empathetic By Design – This session was about designing learning spaces for students with autism AND they have a really interesting eBook on the topic too. Multiple photos are included.
Slam Poetry + Standup Comedy = Engaged Learning
Slam Poetry + Standup Comedy = Engaged Learning – This session was downright fantastic and it dealt with mental health issues expertly with poetry, comedy, and writing prompts.
Designing Your Life by Stanford’s Life Design Lab
Designing Your Life by Stanford’s Life Design Lab – By far my favorite. 2 hours well worth spent. I have this book in my Amazon cart and this whole session would be fantastic for any Career and Tech courses and/or for any lessons and/or writing projects on colleges and careers.
I hope you enjoyed these notes. If you are interested in seeing more of these interactive notes from other events and conferences, my Thinglink profile is linked here and houses them all.
If you want to dig deeper into analog note-taking before my next post… check out these 5 posts:
- #ScrapNotes 1: How to Begin Your Journey Down the Rabbit Hole (101)
- #ScrapNotes 2: The Complete Guide to Book Summaries (102)
- #ScrapNotes 3: The Complete Guide to PD Note-Taking (103)
- #ScrapNotes 4: The Savvy Supply List (104)
- #ScrapNotes 5: The Complete Guide to People, Ideas, and Inspiration (105)
- #ScrapNotes 6: The Complete Guide to Habit and Planning Trackers (106)
- #ScrapNotes 7: The Complete Guide to Planners (107)
- #ScrapNotes 8: The Complete Guide to Micro and Macro Lists (108)
WHERE WILL TECHCHEF BE NEXT?
If you are interested in booking Lisa Johnson and/or would like to know more about her speaking history or professional development portfolio… visit the TechChef4u speaking page for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And… Check out her latest creation… the book “Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students.”