Swerdloff’s session, “Beyond the Parrot’s Cage: How Technology Can Change Education While Nurturing Connection and Humanity,” brought together two professional passions: technology as a tool of teaching, and relationship building between youth and adults.
The title of the talk refers to “The Parrot’s Tale,” a parable by the Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore. The titular parrot is “educated” by being put in a gilded cage and literally “stuffed” with knowledge. Swerdloff used this as a metaphor and a jumping-off point for finding more imaginative ways to teach children.
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