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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Place-Based Learning

Location, location, location! See what happens when schoolwork explores students' connections with local history, environment, culture, or economy.

Expansive Classrooms: Taking Learning Outside

Two Canadian experiential leadership programs usher students into the great outdoors to pique their academic curiosity while enhancing their physical and mental health.

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How to Build Instruction Around Your Region's History

Find surprising teaching opportunities for hands-on learning in underresourced areas.

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Learning Vessel: Boatbuilding Brings the Lessons Home

Students on the island of North Haven, Maine, learn math and local history by building a boat.

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Marking Time: Back to the Future on Web 2.0

An amazing new tech tool kit lets kids make history their story.

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Treasured Island: Giving Students Real Skills and Real Responsibilities

A tiny offshore Maine school's self-sufficiency makes it an inspirational island apart.

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High School Students See Technology Devices as Tools, Not Toys
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Tech in Real Life: Students See Devices as Tools, Not Toys

Classes at Clearfield High School, in Clearfield, Utah, apply computers and diagnostic equipment across the curriculum to engage in authentic learning.

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Elementary Kids Monitor Terrain with Technology
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Learning Landscape: Kids Monitor Terrain with Tech

Students at this Minnesota elementary school use new technology to study the ancient ecology of a vast prairie wetland.

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Emotional Engagement in Education, Part One: Should Teachers Care About Student Apathy?

Projects that involve students in the real world, such as working to fight a deadly disease, do more than just teach facts.

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Take a Hike: How to Make Being Outdoors In

As gaming devices supplant games of catch, schools counter nature-deficit disorder with outdoor experiences.

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A Learning Space for Learning About Space

A charter school in the Mojave Desert charts the heavens.

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It's All Happening at the Zoo School: Innovative Education with Practical Applications

At Minneapolis's School of Environmental Studies, learning is about becoming an expert and solving real problems.

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Students Carve Cultural Connections -- and a Canoe
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Students Carve Cultural Connections -- and a Canoe

An extraordinary experience-based education project enables a group of Washington seventh-grade students to live their Native American culture history curriculum.

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High Standards: A Culture of Educational Quality

A small rural Massachusetts school has a different definition of accountability -- one based on producing good learners, not high test scores.

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Simulated Environments Engage Students on Field Trips
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Simulated Environments Engage Students

A rain forest dome and a mock-up of a silver mine enhance science learning for elementary school students in Clark County, Nevada.

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For Engaging Projects, "Keep It Real"

Blogger Suzie Boss invites you to virtually expand your project learning toolkit as she reports Day Three from the PBL World conference.

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