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Flipped Learning at SXSWedu?

sxswBack to school season is in full swing and I’m sure most of you are busy helping your kids to prepare for the new school year. I have been traveling throughout the country over the summer and have visited with a number of school districts to talk about new technologies in the classroom and strategies for implementing flipped classrooms successfully. As back to school and fall is upon us, the furthest thing from my mind is 2014, specifically March 3, 2014, but I wanted to share an exciting news regarding SXSWedu, the highly anticipated education technology conference that takes place in Austin, TX.

I’m bringing this up now because I need your help for a very good reason!  I have been invited to be a moderator of an exciting SXSWedu panel session opportunity.  The session is called, “Flip It, Flip It Good”, a paraphrased reference to the DEVO hit and nod to the music and arts heritage of SXSW! I will be joining Silverback Learning Solutions and Gooru, two progressive edtech companies to watch as they share a similar mission of improving achievement for every student in every classroom across the America.  Their mission, passion, and the results they are generating compelled me to accept their invitation to moderate the session at SXSWedu 2014.

SXSWedu Session Snap Shot – We need your vote!

I will be joining our other session members, Dr. Jim Lewis, CEO, Silverback Learning Solutions and Prasad Ram, CEO, Gooru and together we will share emerging best practices in personalized learning, “flipping the classroom”, and mobile technology in the evolving K-12 classroom.  We have other things up our sleeves for the session, which we will announce shortly so please stay tuned for further announcements over the next week before the voting deadline!

How YOU can VOTE today and help make this session happen?

SXSWedu PanelPicker public voting is now LIVE and open for voting until September 6th. I am asking for your vote to help further build momentum for our session, “Flip It, Flip It Good” as public voting comprises 30% of the overall session selection process.  Please click on the link below to vote now.  It takes less than a minute of your time!

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/21183

More Information About Silverback Learning Solutions and Gooru

Silverback Learning Solutions developed Mileposts, which is a cloud-based student achievement solution licensed to schools, that helps teachers create assignments and interventions, monitor achievement, and gain insights to improve the quality of personalized instruction.  It is also the first student achievement solution to provide over 14 million free digital resources and assessment items fully indexed to state standards via the Gooru search engine for learning.  Gooru is a non-profit that receives support from the Susan Crown Exchange, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation, as well as a number of corporate and private donors.  A Search Engine for Learning, teachers can access and organize these free multimedia resources into collections, build their own quizzes, and assign them to students, who can study at their own pace.  What makes Silverback Learning Solutions so unique is that the company provides all of this in a value-conscious platform, quick and easy for teachers, administrators, students, and parents to access from any device.  How perfect for a flipped classroom…

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