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March 20, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Myths and zombies: Locals speak at big ed-tech festival


David Hunter. Courtesy Zombie-Based Learning.

The South by Southwest Festival in Austin is best known for music, but it also includes a four-day conference on educational technology, which took place earlier this month.

A bunch of local folks participated. One was David Hunter of Zombie-Based Learning, a Bellevue teacher who talked about the middle-school curriculum he created that teaches geography through an imagined Zombie Apocalypse. The project also was featured on KPLU last year.

Another was Lindsey Own, a science teacher at Evergreen, a private K-8 school in north Seattle, who participated on a panel about how to help education technology entrepreneurs and teachers work together better.

One myth, she wrote in her report on the panel, is that entrepreneurs “just make a cute product, then kick back and let the $ roll in.” One myth about teachers, she said, “They want free free free.”


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