Friday, February 11, 2011

SXSW Interactive 2011 :)

From the iPhone to the BlackBerry: Tweeting On Weekends: Are We Becoming Socially Anti-Social?-
As technology growth soars around us, we are sucked in and do not want to get out. Everywhere you look nowadays, there is someone walking around with a gadget that connects them to the outside world. The only problem is ignoring what's going on around them. I've been with my sister, a "CrackBerry" owner," many times when I will try and start up a conversation, but she'll be on Facebook or Twitter. It's insane. This event will discuss just that. Are people able to turn off their phones for an hour or two? Or is real-life socializing fading away?

Is tweeting in class engaging or distracting?: Using Twitter to Improve College Student Engagement-
There are days when we are in class either on our phones or witnessing other students on their phone. We all try to avoid texting, tweeting or Facebook-ing while listening to the professor lecture, but it's inevitable. This panel is about bringing together social media and class lectures. Presenter Rey Junco will discuss how professors can use Twitter to their advantage during lecture while helping students improve their grades. What do you think? Can a social network help you learn?

Has your "iSomething" changed the way you live?: Steve Jobs and the Rise of the Techno-Priests-

Steve Jobs is technology's "new Pope." When the iPhone was introduced back in January 2007, I do not think people expected the outcome and demand to be what it was. Today, everywhere you look someone has an iPhone. From Twitter to Facebook to YouTube, this phone has everything you can imagine. If we leave our phones at home, we do freak out. We feel like something is wrong and we cannot communicate with the world. Presenter Shane Kempton will show us that we have become attached at the hip to technology. We reach for our phone or our iPad when they are not around. Kempton is going to present a comedic side-by-side comparison of technology's growth and religious movements throughout history.

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