It’s been a jam-packed week here in Austin,TX at SXSWedu, the energetic educational sibling to the likes of SXSW Music and SXSW Interactive. Here are five of the best projects at SXSWedu that caught our attention this week.
On Tuesday morning – unfortunately at the same time as my talk announcing the release of the City X Toolkit – The Pearson Foundation officially announced Project MASH. Project MASH is a digital learning network for teachers and students, and the organizations that serve them. Supported by the Pearson Foundation’s New Learning Institute, Project MASH introduces you to learning experiences that involve real-world problems, as well new ways to solve them. We’re very proud to say that City X is one of the featured projects in Project MASH. We encourage anyone looking to share educational resources with teachers to check out this site.
Check this out from the SparkFun website:
SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. Whether it’s a robot that can cook your breakfast or a GPS cat tracking device, our products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person.
On Wednesday Peter Stidwill gave a talk on his game Quandary, an online game that teaches ethics by asking students to solve the problems of people building a new civilization. Quandary is a project of the Learning Games Network, an organization that came out of the MIT Education Arcade and my own alma mater, the Games Learning Society program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. If you like the City X story, you should definitely check out this free game.
On Thursday morning I made it to the Convention Center for an early 9am talk on educational games and I’m so glad I did! There I learned about Co.Lab, the first startup accelerator focused specifically on educational games. Co.Lab just began working with their second cohort of startups and they look very promising. It’s great to see games being increasingly woven into the edtech space.
Of course, these five resources are only the tip of the iceberg! I look forward to sharing more here as I follow up with other wonderful educators and innovators I had the opportunity to meet at SXSWedu. Follow me on Twitter for more updates!