If SXSW Interactive is “spring break for geeks,” SXSWedu is spring break for geeks who want to help the country turn out even more geeks.
Kicking off Monday in Austin, Tex., the conference attracts entrepreneurs, investors, school leaders, policy makers and others trying to use technology to improve and remake education. Last year, it drew about 2,000 participants and, this year that’s expected to double, organizers say.
That’s still just a fraction of the more than 24,000 people who head to Austin for the celebrity-saturated consumer tech event a few days later. But the growth of SXSWedu, which is in its third year, underscores the boom-time vibe in the ed tech industry in general, which last year soaked up $1.1 billion in venture capital and spawned no less than four ed tech accelerators in the last month.
Ahead of the event, I chatted with a few SXSWedu and ed tech veterans about the topics and themes likely to inspire chatter in Austin and beyond. Whether you plan to attend or follow it from afar, here are six trends to watch.
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