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

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.

Moving Beyond the Textbook

Welcome to the days of OER, PLCs, and student-supported tech as education transitions from static textbooks to connect students' learning with the world around them.

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.

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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The Great "Respect" Deception

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin sheds some light on the gray area between values and rules, suggesting greater honesty and clarity around the behavior teachers expect from their students.

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Designing a School Makerspace

Jennifer Cooper, designer, maker and gardening teacher, presents a practical approach to defining and designing the right makerspace for your school.

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Teachers: Staying Positive in Trying Times

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron proposes ways for teachers to avoid shutting down and how to stay happy and effective in the classroom.

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HACKtivate ED: A Model for Collaborative Problem Solving

Guest blogger Bryan Kitch of Activate-Ed describes the remarkable hackathon model, in which educators and ed tech developers put in 24 hours inventing solutions for a set of district-wide data and communication challenges.

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From Italy, with Love: An Argument for the Lyceum School Model

Guest blogger Margherita Rossi, a classical humanities teacher at the Lyceum school in Bologna, describes why Italy's secondary education model, based on Aristotle's educational principles, might work in the U.S.

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6 Proposals for Improving Teacher Morale

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick reviews why low teacher morale is part of a complex cause-effect loop and offers six proposals to start breaking this cycle.

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School Board Elections: How to Decide

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips presents his criteria in voting for school board candidates, suggesting the job skills and character traits he believes are required for the position.

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The Path to Digital Citizenship

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek looks at the ethical and practical sides of digital citizenship, and suggests a mindful path for teaching the necessary skills in the elementary grades.

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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 experience.

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National Educational Technology Plan: Your Questions Answered

Blogger Audrey Watters demystifies the National Educational Technology Plan & the U.S. DOE answers your top five questions.

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Parents Power School Reform

Houston's Hogg Middle School is raising the bar, with help from YES Prep and some pushy parents.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Future Ready Schools

Editor's Note: James Sanders is the Director of Innovation for EdTechTeam and an Entrepreneur in Residence at KIPP Bay Area Schools. Prior to joining EdTechTeam, James was a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and oversaw innovation for the KIPP...

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The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020

Guest blogger Tacy Trowbridge, group leader of Adobe's Education Programs, predicts that, by the year 2020, cloud-based apps and data will give students the flexibility and community to broaden their educational lives far beyond classroom walls.

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Teachers Stuck on Pinterest

Instructional coach Kendra Jarvis takes us on a quick tour of how Pinterest is becoming the go-to educational resource for teachers everywhere.

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