SXSW EDU 2018 Panel Picker


Aug 23, 2017

The SXSW EDU PanelPicker is here again! This year, hear from Thomas Arnett and Julia Freeland Fisher on proposed panels featuring their latest research at SXSW EDU 2018. Discover what our team is bringing to the conversation. We’d appreciate your vote and hope to see you there!

Teaching in the Machine Age

Thomas Arnett, Senior Research Fellow at Clayton Christensen Institute


As scientific understanding and artificial intelligence leap forward, many professions—such as law, accounting, animation, and medicine—are changing in dramatic ways. Increasingly, these advances allow non-experts and machines to perform tasks that were previously in the sole domain of experts, thus turning expert-quality work into a commodity. With new technologies displacing workers across many fields, what will be the likely impact on the teaching profession? Will machines replace teachers?


Expanding Networks to Expand Opportunity

Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of Education at Clayton Christensen Institute
Alexandra Bernadotte, Founder and CEO of Beyond 12
David Shapiro, CEO of Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership
Scott Van Beck, Executive Director of Huston A+ Challenge


Relationships matter. But pervasive mentorship and social capital gaps are threatening students’ access to opportunity. Hear from leading entrepreneurs working to tackle those gaps by expanding students’ access to supportive relationships. Panelists will share their innovative approaches to coaching, mentoring and community-based learning that nurture and expand student support networks. Panelists will then debate how technology tools can hurt or hurt or help these efforts.


Blended Warming – Building a Learning Ecosystem

Thomas Arnett, Senior Research Fellow at Clayton Christensen Institute
Michael Weinraub, Senior Associate at PCG
Juliette Heinze, Executive Director at Knowledge Sharing, NYC Department of Education
Beatriz Arnillas, Sr. Education Advisor at ItsLearning


This panel will share perspectives on what works in building a sustainable professional learning ecosystem. Hear insights from the leaders who launched district-wide digital learning initiatives in Houston and NYC Schools, and join the discussion about how these systems can be catalysts for innovation in schools today.


Connecting the Dots: Encouraging Lifelong Learning

Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of Education at Clayton Christensen Institute
Chris Liang-Vergara, Chief of Learning Innovation at LEAP Innovations
Nichole Pinkard, Founder of Digital Youth Networks
Eric Davis, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer at Global Learning Models


Today, the shelf life of skills hovers around 5 years—which means that Gen Z’s success in college and careers hinges not just on their understanding of content and concepts, but on the application of knowledge in new ways. The introduction of connected learning in K-12 schools is helping young learners see their education as a process that extends throughout life. Come learn about connected learning and hear how students are developing experiences and networks that will prepare them for a future in our rapidly changing world.