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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Education Trends

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

How Well Do Schools Communicate?

What's the current public attitude towards public schools? Anne O'Brien discusses the 2014 Gallup Poll findings and ponders positive ways the data can be used by teachers and schools.

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.

Fixing Detached Schools Via Tech

If schools seem detached from the people and communities they serve, strategic uses of interactive technology, apps, and social media offer the means to reconnect.

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.

Student Power!

If knowledge is power, and that power is now in the hands of students, shouldn't that change power relationships in schools?

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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

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8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

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Back to School: Teaching with Authenticity

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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

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Making Friends With Failure

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Author Commentary That's Simply App Smashing

Guest blogger Ross Cooper, a fourth grade teacher with a creative approach to literature study, gets his students into the authors' heads by having them imagine an interview and then construct it via app smashing.

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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Guest blogger Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, suggests a scientific approach to manageable homework: students should do it without interruption, and schools shouldn't assign too much of it.

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Why Teachers Matter

George Lucas, filmmaker and GLEF founder, believes that even in this age of digital connectivity and instant access to information, we still need to recognize the importance of the human touch in education.

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Every Teacher an Innovator

Guest blogger Joe Mazza believes that, beyond a willingness to integrate the latest technology, true innovation begins with a mindset, something that he encourages all educators to make a part of their job.

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Twitter Support for Educators and Parents

Guest blogger Joe Mazza presents two new initiatives - the #Nt2T chat and the Twitter 101 eCourse - designed to bring teachers, school leaders and parents into the communication- and information-rich Twitterverse.

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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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Media Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World
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Media Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World

Teachers are discovering the value of imparting media-literacy skills, from critical analysis of news programs, commercials, and films to basic design and video-production techniques.

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The Social and Emotional Benefits of Being Weirdly Creative

Arts integration helps kids connect and feel safe on the bumpy road to learning.

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9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

Transformational lessons don't just happen. They require planning, mindfulness, and a commitment to shift away from educational approaches of the past.

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Paper and Pencil Curriculum: How Much Do You Rely on It?

Technology expert Ben Johnson wonders how learning -- and schools -- would change if teachers stopped using paper.

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Math, PBL and 21st Century Learning for All Students

Independent researcher and evaluator Jason Ravitz presents evidence from a West Virginia study showing that PBL can indeed support 21st century learning skills among math students.

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Before We Flip Classrooms, Let's Rethink What We're Flipping To

Edu-tech innovator Idit Harel Caperton urges us to look at the educational landscape that our growing enthusiasm for the flipped classroom model is actually creating - and how we can make the most of it.

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Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
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Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts

Innovative teacher Vicki Davis leverages wikis, blogs, podcasts, virtual worlds, and other new media tools to connect students in rural Georgia to the world.

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