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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.

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

Innovation: Significant Positive Change

Educational innovation means finding new, positive, impactful ways to rethink roles and responsibilities, create meaningful learning opportunities, and enable students to untangle complexity.

The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

Research shows that positive expectations will influence performance positively. Start modeling excellence, celebrating small victories, and refusing to accept failure -- and watch what happens.

Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels.

Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

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O Captain! My Captain! Where Has Teaching Gone?

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How Do We Educate Global Problem Solvers?

Guest blogger Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education, offers two strategies to help students become conscientious about and connected to the global problems they'll one day be called upon to solve.

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Do Educators Really Need Blog Posts?

Guest blogger Tom Whitby traces the history of collaborative PD from mimeos and thermo faxes to blog posts and tweets, emphasizing the importance of teachers sharing their voices, entering the dialogue, and staying relevant.

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.

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4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model

Guest blogger Victor Small, Jr. offers four practical tips for getting comfortable with blended learning: don't assume every kid is a tech wiz, be wary of online textbooks, use PowerPoint sparingly, and encourage student-to-student communication.

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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

Education consultant and guest blogger John McCarthy advocates for student-centered education via three strategies for differentiated instruction: knowing students' strengths, involving them in planning, and leveraging the strengths of fellow...

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One-Way and Two-Way Communication: Building Relationships in Online Programs

Guest blogger Jennifer Sayre examines the differences between one-way and two-way communication, and the various strategies within these models that can make an in-district online program successful.

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A Two-Gear Construct for Envisioning Blended Learning

Guest blogger Elisabeth Stock, a K-12 digital learning expert, explains how blended learning is a construct rather than a model, and details the thinking that led her group to link personalized instruction with student-driven learning.

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Transforming Education: The One Thing I'd Change in 2014

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar describes how engaging in authentic dialogue can strengthen school communities.

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How the Common Core Standards Tackle Problem Solving

Blogger Ben Johnson highlights how the Common Core Standards address problem solving and help prepare students for the real world.

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The Flipped Class: Is Flipping for Everyone?
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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes

Discover how some teachers have creatively applied the flipped learning model to increase quality class time in PE, woodworking, dance education, and elementary classrooms.

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Remake Your Class: 6 Steps to Get Started

Designer and organizational strategist Melanie Kahl suggests a six-step process to rethink and remake your classroom for more inspiring and more effective learning.

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Preparing Your Students for the Challenges of Tomorrow

Here are six ways to prepare students for their future, including the ability to collaborate, evaluate information accuracy, and make every day a learning experience.

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Educators: You Deserve a Break and a Discount

A list of stores that help teachers save money and give much-deserved discounts.

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Education: The Single Most Important Job

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, filmmaker and Edutopia founder George Lucas shares his vision for how education can change lives.

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