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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.

Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

Desire to learn and effective experimentation characterize the whole child approach, requiring a whole culture to extend these conditions into schooling and adult life.

What Is Personalization, Really?

Personalized learning means student agency, defining curriculum by real-life skills, defining learning expectations, encouraging self-knowledge, and teachers getting to know their students as people.

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.

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.

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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Collaboration on Wheels: 21st Century Classroom Furniture at Work

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Coding in the Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion

Last comment 2 weeks 5 hours ago
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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Last comment 1 week 6 days ago
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Technology Summer Camp

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Math as a Social Justice Lever

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:00
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What Community Engagement in Education Looks Like . . . and Can Do

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 10:00
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The Power of Digital Story

Teachers can use their students' world of digital media to nurture the listening, sharing, and persuasion that have long been part of oral and written storytelling.

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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool

Since students already have smartphones in hand, why not build classroom activities around them? Be sure all stakeholders are on board, and set some ground rules.

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Personalized Learning and Query Books

Borrow a strategy from Isaac Newton and have your students keep a journal of their questions as they grow their own ideas for personalized learning.

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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.

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The Flipped Class: Which Tech Tools Are Right For You?
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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech

Four content-creation tool categories -- screencasting, tablets, document cameras, and video cameras -- will help your students take flipped learning outside of the classroom.

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The Misguided War on Tenure: Some Peaceful Solutions

Rather than abolishing tenure, we can fix it by improving how it's granted, improving teacher evaluation, and tying salaries to post-tenure review, not seniority.

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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.

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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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Thinking Big About Engagement
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Thinking Big About Engagement

Even the smallest concepts become big enough to grasp in this middle school science class, where teacher Rob Olazagasti gives students opportunities to learn by creating, remember by experiencing, and show what they know by teaching.

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The Best Education Posts of 2013: The Edutopia Top 10 Deep Dive

Guest blogger Vicki Davis, computer science teacher and IT integrator, reflects on Edutopia's top ten blog posts in 2013, why she likes them, and how their takeaways could benefit any teacher who reads them.

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A New Must-Read for All Educators

Stories of hope sure to nurture the educator's spirit are offered up in this book by Tom Little.

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

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Tame the Beast: Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics

Blogger Andrew Miller shares his experiences and suggestions for creating rubrics that will make students' -- and teachers' -- lives much easier.

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Design 101 for Educators: 5 Simple Typography Tips

Author and communicator Jason Cranford Teague continues his Design 101 for Educators series with five simple typographic tips for presenting students with ideas and assignments.

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