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SXSWedu 2016

Reimagine Education: Abandoning Age-Based Learning

Our education system is fundamentally stagnant and it is time that it is overhauled. The aged-based education structure worked well for most of the 20th century, but it has now run its course and will leave students ill prepared for the careers of the future. To improve the outlook for students, we must put them first and move towards a mastery system, where students graduate when they demonstrate a deep knowledge of the subject matter. Join this panel discussion to learn how school systems can implement a “learner-centered paradigm” where students complete day to day tasks at their own pace until they have mastered the curriculum, ensuring they are prepared with a Network Age education.

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  1. Create an open-wall learning experience by partnering with organizations to provide students with real-life experiences, evaluations and feedback.
  2. Implement an assessment for learning – providing formative, real-time and diagnostic insights for students.
  3. Leverage technology solutions to provide various daily tasks and individualized work for each student’s needs.


  • Stephan Turnispeed, President Emeritus and Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, LEGO Education
  • Dr. Marina Walne, CEO, EduStart LLC
  • Roger Cook, Superintendent, Taylor County Schools


Trisha McDonell, Public Rel, LEGO Education

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  • Tags: learning, hands on
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Instructional Strategies
  • Level: Field Experience
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