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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.

Race and Violence Should Be a School-Wide Subject

School leaders should develop a coherent, community-derived message and model for discussing the intersection of race and violence in our society.

Awash in a Sea of Misinformation: Charter School Myths and Realities

By confronting the myths of charter schools (monolithic entity, private ownership, failed experiments), we can examine why they exist and how to evaluate them individually.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Future Ready Schools

Education needs a new “north star,” one focused on creating world-class schools where students have agency, and the teachers are empowered to be entrepreneurs in the classroom. Watch this collection of videos to find out what it means to be a "Future Ready" school.

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.

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.

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No More MOOCs: Pay Attention to Beyonce

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson namechecks both Beyonce and Pope Francis as he argues in favor of a customized, user-centric learning model that leverages students' web savvy in finding the information they need.

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Student Filmmakers Shine at White House Film Festival

VideoAmy reports on the glory and the glamour of the first annual White House Student Film Festival.

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Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom

Guest blogger Dave Guymon, an online middle school teacher and edtech Master's candidate, defines visual literacy and proposes using three popular social media modes - Instagram, Emoji and memes - to enhance students' academic fluency.

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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use.

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What Happens When Instructional Rounds Go District-Wide?

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar explores Instructional Rounds, the transformative process of educators observing each other teaching.

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My "Academy Awards" for Best Educational Documentaries

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips, acknowledging the proliferation of education-themed documentaries, starts a new tradition: the Educational Documentary Academy Awards! Join the suspense and celebration as he reveals which films were his favorites and...

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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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Technology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 1: Staff Presentations

Use technology to implement the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) for clarity and efficiency in presenting to and communicating with school staff.

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21st Century Schools or 21st Century Learning?

District principal and blogger George Couros suggests that 21st century learning involves far more than redesigning school libraries and purchasing iPads.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: TED Talks for Teachers

Resources for teaching and learning with TED Talks.

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Gamification in Education

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis and her high school students are exploring what makes games effective for classroom use. As of this blog, they've come up with six essential elements, but their task is far from complete.

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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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How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing

For students to embrace the skills needed in a changing technology landscape, teachers must coordinate knowledge, instructional practices, and technologies to positively influence academic achievement.

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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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