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Education Trends

What needs are emerging and being identified? How are forward-thinking educators meeting them? Follow the early adopters here.

Fixing Detached Schools Via Tech

If schools seem detached from the people and communities they serve, strategic uses of interactive technology, apps, and social media offer the means to reconnect.

The Future of Learning

Beth Holland recalls the robot teacher from the Jetsons and updates that 1960s cartoon view of education's future to include customized learning, embedded technology, ongoing feedback - and human teachers.

Student Power!

If knowledge is power, and that power is now in the hands of students, shouldn't that change power relationships in schools?

5 Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem

Educational futurist Andrea Saveri describes five shifts in thinking and practice that will profoundly affect the big picture of teaching and learning.

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Student Power!

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4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

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Sexual Education...The Classroom?

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How Motivation Can Help Reluctant Kids Learn Mathematics

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Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time

Guest blogger Sam Wineburg, director of Stanford University's PhD program in History Education, looks at the signal-to-noise problem of finding reliable historical sources amidst a free-for-all of online factoids.

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Common Core in Action: How One Art Teacher is Implementing Common Core

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller talks with art teacher Cheri Jorgensen about how she has adapted her curriculum to include Common Core ELA standards.

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One-Minute Papers: A Way to Further Design Thinking

Guest blogger Ashley Nahornick, a Doctorate of Education Candidate at Teachers College Columbia, offers a one-minute strategy for introducing teachers and students to the mindset of design thinking.

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Tips, Tricks and More from the Edutopia Community

Samer Rabadi, Edutopia's Online Community Manager, launches our Tips, Tricks and More series with a look at some shared resources and a salute to community members who've shared their compelling stories.

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Alien Educational Practices: A View from Far, Far Away

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips channels Alkar, an alien anthropologist genuinely puzzled by this thing the Earthlings call 'ed reform' as witnessed in the brouhaha around 'Common Core' (whatever that is).

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Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

Implementing Common Core English in middle school is going to be a challenge. Here, blogger Matt Davis curates some of the best resources online that can help update existing content.

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6 Open Educational Resources

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek presents his six favorite open educational resources that will introduce you to a wide world of curriculum materials for inspiring your students toward creative exploration and inquiry.

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The Flipped Mobile Classroom: Learning "Upside Down"

Beth Holland of EdTechTeacher considers the mechanics and benefits of flipping both an English and a science class, and suggests a variation on the flipped model for younger or less connected students.

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Beyond Zero Tolerance: Achieving a Balance in School Discipline

Guest blogger Russ Skiba, psychology professor and director of the Equity Project, examines why zero tolerance programs don't work and offers nine positive, inclusive strategies for fostering classroom discipline.

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Introducing the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards

The International Reading Association's Virginia J. Goatley and Brenda Overturf introduce the ELA CCSS and provide context to those who are new to the standards.

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Technology Tools to Get Teachers Started

A mini-manual to Web readiness shows that immersion, with guidance, is key.

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A Working Model for Blended Learning in an Urban School

After two years of blended learning, a low-performing high school became one of the country's best. Read about how they shifted the learning, teaching, and culture.

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Teacher Development Is Key to Closing the Achievement Gap

Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) defines four key practices for sustained student achievement.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Design Thinking in Schools

What is design thinking, and how is it useful in educational settings, for both students and teachers? VideoAmy's playlist of clips explores the topic.

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