What can we learn about the future of education from hip-hop, yoga and fidget spinners?

That’s not a joke or a trick question. They’re among the sessions at this year’s South by Southwest education (SXSW EDU) conference in Austin, from March 5-8. And according to their program descriptions, those are among the tools and tactics used by educators to help students manage stress and anxiety, and get into their “flow” state.

Strange? Perhaps. Remember, this is a city that prides itself on being “weird.”

Yet what may seem peculiar today may well become popular and mainstream tomorrow. And to get a sense of what’s trendy in the education scene, data from SXSW EDU’s Panelpicker, a process where anyone can submit topics for the conference program, offers a bird’s-eye glimpse of the issues and practices that administrators, teachers, researchers and industry leaders want to talk about.

Find out more about SXSW EDU in Austin by Tony Wan at EdSurge