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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 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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Building Your Edtech Ecosystem

A learning environment is a delicate balance of mutable elements, requiring a nurturing teacher and ongoing evaluation of information handling, content creation, and results.

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The LAUSD iPad Initiative: 5 Critical Technology Integration Lessons

The missteps in LAUSD's 1:1 program rollout stand as a costly illustration of the vision, planning, and implementation actually required for successful district-wide technology integration.

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The Help Desk: Leveraging Student Genius

Andrew Marcinek, creator of Help Desk, reflects on how this student-driven, entrepreneurial tech course has grown, and how it continues to benefit entire school communities.

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Is Lecturing Culturally Biased?

Studies suggest that replacing the lecture-hall model with an active learning model can help close the achievement gap between students of different cultural backgrounds.

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The 4Ss of Note-Taking With Technology

Any system of note taking (digital or otherwise) helps students master cognitively demanding tasks if it provides support and helps them save, search, and share.

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Teacher Leadership and the Common Core State Standards?

The pushback against Common Core includes teachers who believe they should have a voice in defining the standards, curriculum, and assessment.

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What Works for Differentiating Instruction in Elementary Schools

How you can start personalizing learning in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, and beyond.

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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines visual literacy through the lens of the Common Core, suggesting a wealth of visual thinking routines to help students start thinking through, about and with pictures.

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Does Spelling Count?

Guest blogger Shira Loewenstein, asked by her students whether spelling counts, comes back with a fascinating question of her own: why is the continuum of learning broken down into a handful of unrelated subjects?

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STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 Is Key to Building a Strong Economy

John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design, makes a convincing case for adding art to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum - and turning STEM into STEAM.

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Guest blogger Julie Coiro, a professor of education, examines four critical thinking disciplines for helping middle and high school students determine the value of information they read online.

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Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Educators from High Tech High in San Diego, California, and the Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy in Dalton, Georgia, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Summer Reading for Educators: My Favorites

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips offers us his go-to list of what educators should be reading this summer.

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