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SXSWedu 2014

Redesigning Ed Tech: A Human-Centered Panelstorm.

If teenagers are experiencing the world through technology, why is ed tech failing to meet the most pressing needs in K-12 education?

Countless startups are trying to bring innovation into classrooms but often fail to have impact on the system they set out to change: Educators often revert back to analog tools. Districts are ill equipped to handle pilots. Funders are challenged to find the right grantees.

What's missing is a deep understanding of the needs of students and educators – a human-centered approach to designing what’s desirable and fun for students, and supports educators’ goals.

How Might We use technology to create true impact in K-12 education?

With this panel-storm, we want to come up with new, human-centered ideas of how ed tech can make much more of an impact than it achieves today. A panel of experts will provide insight into what is going well and wrong today, and share inspiration and feedback with the audience. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

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  1. How can entrepreneurs learn more about the needs of today’s K-12 classrooms?
  2. How can educators and districts engage in a startup’s development and prototyping process?
  3. How can educators and funders evaluate the quality of new ed tech products quickly and easily?



Annette Diefenthaler, Design Research and Project Lead, IDEO

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism in Education
  • Level: Intermediate
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