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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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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

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Tech Integration and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek fits together three of the puzzle pieces for a school-wide tech integration initiative: developing a trusting, open culture; embracing risk and innovation; and turning PD into exploratory, sharing experiences.

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Engagement and Impact: Design Thinking and the Arts

Youth arts program administrator and guest blogger Kim Dabbs describes an after-school program in which teens used design thinking to create a mobile app for engaging young people in revitalizing their city's core area.

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Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.

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Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables

Guest blogger and children's author Vincent Mastro uses Aesop's fables as a jumping-off point for teaching critical thinking when he asks young students 'what if?' and filters their answers through 'it depends.'

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Celebrate Educators on National Teacher Day

Blogger Matt Davis has put together a list of teacher appreciation blogs, resources and videos for National Teacher Day.

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Make Earth Day a Global Learning Day

Guest blogger Homa Tavangar identifies Earth Day as a celebration of global learning and offers collaborative STEM activities relating to water, climate and agriculture from diverse organizations such as NASA, iEARN and the Peace Corps.

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Do-It-Yourself Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, advocating that teachers take ownership of their professional development, suggests seven online strategies to help, including Google Hangouts, video tutorials, and sane ways to embrace the information-rich Twitter...

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Strategic Goals: Formative Plus Summative Assessment Equals Rigor
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Strategic Goals: Formative + Summative = Rigor

Rigorous expectations yield impressive results at New York's School of the Future, where regular assessments help keep students on track, and teachers strive to tap into students' true interests to bring out their best work.

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George Lucas on Teaching Visual Literacy and Communications
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George Lucas: Teaching "Communication"

An interview with the founder and chairman of the George Lucas Educational Foundation on the new visual language of learning and teaching.

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What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick takes a fresh look at innovation and breaks out the six conditions that must be in place for educational innovation.

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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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"School Time" in New Zealand

Traveling ed blogger Adam Provost checks in from New Zealand with a report on how rethinking the daily school schedule can make a world of difference.

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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: 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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