SXSWedu Final Day Recap from our Student Bloggers

Jen Cook was hosting a panel discussion in the playground area at SXSWEDU. “Put (the students) in the driver’s seat to create this ripple of goodness,” Cook said.

Jen Cook was hosting a panel discussion in the playground area at SXSWEDU. “Put (the students) in the driver’s seat to create this ripple of goodness,” Cook said.

“During the last day of SXSWedu, I have gathered new information regarding different programs. I spent about an hour at Electric Girls, engineering a piece of electric light and creating my own light up star. I don’t believe that I could have ever gotten the chance to do something like this if it wasn’t for the experience.”

“There are so many more opportunities that are in today’s society that need to be grabbed and advanced and allow for others to have more knowledge of these things. I believe that this program as a whole has helped me learn and has helped me gain knowledge of the different programs in benefiting our academics.”

  • Estreylla Sierra, Del Valle High School

Russlyn Ali explains XQ America’s project to rethink high schools, which has reached nationwide this year to transform education.

Russlyn Ali explains XQ America’s project to rethink high schools, which has reached nationwide this year to transform education.

“Students are the future innovators and citizens of the nation. In order for them to succeed, students will need a good education. With the right materials in school, students can achieve good quality education. Students can also be more innovative and be inspired to work as engineers or such with newer technology. With more funds, we can create a brighter future for students.”

Mercedes Gonzalez, Del Valle High School

“Rather than reducing students to deviations from some fictional norm, as our education system always has, the path forward for the 21st century is grappling to achieve a better understanding of students and empowering them to leverage their passions and pursuits in meaningful ways.”

Quinn Simpson, LASA


Paul Reville introduces the closing program on Thursday at SXSWedu and introduces the first speaker, Todd Rose.

Paul Reville introduces the closing program on Thursday at SXSWedu and introduces the first speaker, Todd Rose.

“By measuring every learner against this nonexistent “average student”, who learns X amount of material in X amount of time, we are leaving behind huge swaths of the student population who learn X amount of material in Y amount of time. Instead, Rose and many others at SXSWedu are advocating for student directed and tailored learning that gives every student the opportunity to reach content mastery in their own time. At one time in our history, it made sense that education should match the rote repetition of the factory, but that is no longer what we need. In the fast-paced, digital 21st century, it’s time to put students in charge of their learning and measure them not against some sort of unreasonable “average” but in terms of their personal success.”

  • Sam Zern, LASA

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