Interesting read from Forbes on the difference between SXSWEdu and Microsoft’s Educator Exchange conference with specific regard to teachers’ perspectives.
Last week in Budapest, I spent the afternoon partying with teachers from all over the globe. Most of my colleagues were back in the USA at SXSWEdu, reveling in “disruptive” ideas and uber-hip edtech solutions. But I was glad to be in the Central Europe. The truth is you don’t see all that many teachers in Austin; SXSWEdu is really a tech industry conference. It is full of edu-sector entrepreneurs, consultants, pseudo-celebrity thought-leaders and words like scalability or growth.
In Hungary, the scene was very different. Microsoft was hosting its Educator Exchange conference: E2. During this event, held in a different part of the world each time, an international group of teachers meets to celebrate and share the innovative ways that they are using education technologies. The focus is all on classrooms, specifically, creative teaching strategies. It is about new and imaginative ways that teachers use Microsoft products to reach their students.
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