SXSWedu 2015

SXSWedu @ Austin Convention Center
SXSWedu @ Austin Convention Center

The most inspiring talks of SXSWedu was the keynote by the¬†duo Elizabeth Green and David Epstein. Their talks has a great solution for one of the key aspect of the education system: the teacher’s training. Though seems like antagonists on stage, their ideas actually complement each other. David’s view is to encourage more intelligent people, the top percentile, to pursue teaching as teaching requires talent. To do so, he suggested a different cultural value of teaching and education (comparing Western and Eastern’s perspective). Elizabeth’s view is to engage teachers in group teaching so that teaching skills may be shared and preserved. As quoted from John Dewey, “great teaching die with great teachers”. As a way to preserve these skill as well as building the science of teaching, teachers need a way to collaborate and share their skills.

The area of debugging students’ mistake in any subject is challenging. The vast amount of knowledge out there coupled with exponentially more ways to misconceive these knowledge requires a workforce of many teachers to find the ways of effective teaching. Human resource is needed in this case. It is a good way to include teachers as debugger of what could be wrong with students understanding. Even better, these method of resolving misconception should be organized into databases where future teacher may use. As Elizatbeth noted, Japanese teachers has been sharing their experience with one another and individual teaching’s innovation lives-on within their community. Japanese teaching culture also come up with a taxonomy to describe the different teaching techniques. We should digitize this.

Through the Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science program, I have learned of a method called cognitive task analysis—in layman’s term, it focus on breaking down understanding of concept to the smallest steps possible in order to find misunderstanding. This is a really useful technique that should be shared with all teachers and content creators in order to make teaching more effective.

Elizabeth Green & David Epstein Keynote Article
Elizabeth Green & David Epstein Keynote Article