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Tuesday, March 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Can Design and Technology Fix America's Education Problem?

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In the US, 75% of students graduate high school. Our national college graduation rate is even lower at approximately 54%. And those students who aspire to go to college are faced with a rising tuition cost, which has increased more than any other major good or service for the last twenty years. Looking ahead to the next 20 years, students will pay $221,722 to drop out of a state school, and close to $450,000 to try their luck at a private school in hopes of getting a higher education. These unfortunate statistics don't even begin to describe the current university system's neglect to harness experiential and digital approaches to open-source educational models. We are facing an education crisis in the United States. This panel will explore the future of education, examining the roles of design, technology, and human beings in reshaping the way we teach and learn. While the panel is diverse, the speakers all share unconventional views of learning, a passion for design and creativity, and an entrepreneurial commitment to driving change through both action and technology.

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Jon Kolko

DirAustin Center for Design
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Dennis Littky

Co-Founder/Co-DirBig Picture LearningDennis Littky, a founder of The Met School, Big Picture Learning, and College Unbound, has spent 40 years as an educator in rural, urban, and suburban districts working from kindergarten through college. Big Picture now has more than 60 Met-like... Read More →

Steven Tomlinson

Dir of Faculty DevActon School of Business

Tuesday March 15, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom B 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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