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  • Like apprentices to a painter, my students sit with me and plan experiments. We gather and review data and determine the next questions to address. After two to three years of direct mentoring, students develop the ability to interpret results on their own, describe how findings advance knowledge, generate ideas for subsequent experiments and plan these experiments themselves. Seniors train new students in the lab, helping them learn gene recombination techniques that depend on accurate calculations and precise delivery of reagents.
  • To reduce calculation errors, one of my students wrote a user-friendly computer program to automatically measure replicate volumes. He did this by drawing on programming skills he learned in a computer science course he took for fun.
  • many of us never received the education in the humanities or social sciences that would allow us to explain to nonscientists what we do and why it is important.”

  • Themes


    The following themes are used to organize the many sessions at SXSWedu and represent leading issues in education. Attendees are encouraged to reference these themes as a navigation tool to find sessions of interest.

    Achievement Gaps & Educational EqualityAssessment, Accountability & Standards
    Big Data & Learning AnalyticsCognitive Process & Design Thinkings
    Continuing Education & Workforce DevelopmentDIY, Maker & Hacker
    Entrepreneurialism in EducationGaming & Virtual Learning
    Instructional Strategies & Best PracticesInternational Models & Approaches
    Leadership & EmpowermentPolicy & Funding
    SEL & Digital CitizenshipSocial & Mobile Learning
    Special Needs & AccessibilitySystemic Implementation & Scale

    • How do you build a scene:

      • find the people whose work inspires you. Businesses, writings, art, whatever.
      • come up with ideas for them. How can you help them?
      • start doing your own work. Share with the people you like. Interact with the people who interact with you sincerely.
      • try to meet the people who inspire you. Some of them are busy. Some would like to meet.
      • go to conferences and meet the people who inspire you.
      • every day work. Every day create. Every day share. The people you share with slowly solidify into your Scene.
      • And then…repeat. Never stop helping.

  • Everyone worked at physical health, improving their friendships and connections with others, being creative, being grateful. Every day.
  • Just pushing forward to create a little more life inside yourself.
  • Everyone succeeded because they built networks within networks of connections, friends, colleagues all striving towards their own personal goals, all trusting each other, and working together to help each other succeed.

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"By measuring student perceptions, the Panorama Student Survey gathers feedback from students about their classroom experience. Decades of research have shown that student perceptions strongly correlate with learning outcomes and can be an important improvement tool for school systems."

  • The four steps of the OODA Loop are Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.
  • Hone your observation skills by playing the A-Game. Mike plays a game with his kids called the “A-Game,” or Awareness Game, to help them (and himself) strengthen their observational skills. To play, when you go into a business, make note of a few things about your environment: the number of workers behind the counter, the clothing and gender of the person sitting next to you, how many entry/exits there are, etc. When you leave and get into the car to head home, ask your kids questions like “How many workers were behind the counter?” “Was the person sitting next to us a man or a woman?” “What color was his/her shirt?” “How many exits were there?”


    It’s fun to play, but more importantly it’s training your kids (and you) to be more mindful of their surroundings.

  • Every environment and person has a baseline. A baseline is what’s “normal” in a given situation, and it will differ from person to person and environment to environment.

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