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SXSWedu! Sessions We’re Excited About: Data and College Readiness

Posted in Knerds on March 5, 2012 by

“Big data” — it just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Short, vaguely scientific sounding, authoritative — it’s nice to say, but notably harder to really understand, especially given the sensitive nature of the information we’re dealing with in education. The “if” question has already been settled; there’s no doubt that personalization is where learning is headed. The “how” is what we’re really looking forward to exploring in these sessions.

Redefining “Data Driven”
March 6, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Here at Knewton we’re nothing if not data driven, which is why we’re so interested in attending this talk about how teachers can leverage data to improve learning experiences for students. Leading the session are Ash Bhoopathy, founder of BetterAt; Ian Needham, an analyst for Chicago Public Schools; Jac de Haan, principal of Technology with Intention; and Marilee Bowles-Carey, research associate at the Institute of Design at IIT.

Using Technology to Make Learning Personal
March 6, 3:15 – 4:15 PM

This panel — about how to stimulate “academic tenacity,” personalize learning, and facilitate more meaningful teacher-student interactions — is right up our alley. Plus, it’s being led by Dr. Mark David Milliron, Chancellor of Western Governors University Texas and a well-respected leader in both the education and technology fields.

College Readiness is Not a Cut Score
March 6, 11:30 – 12:30

We spend a lot of time thinking about college readiness at Knewton — why students aren’t ready, how they can become ready, what the best measure of readiness really is, and more. As such, we’re very interested to sit in on this session about why the “cut score” definition of college readiness (i.e., basing readiness off performance on large-scale standardized assessments) might be problematic. Dr. David Conley, a Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, leads this session.

Driving College Readiness: Technology at the Wheel
March 7, 10:15 – 11:15

A great session for Texas-based teachers: Dr. Paula Moeller, director of College Readiness at the Institute for Public School Initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin, introduces participants to free college-readiness resources available in the Project Share platform. We’re really interested in learning more about how the Texas Education Authority is using Project Share to allow educators work together and share resources.

Want to see what other SXSWedu sessions we’re planning on attending. Check them all out here