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How to Divorce Your District

After nearly 20 years in her district, a former teacher and instructional coach describes the factors that led to her resigning and embarking on a new career in the field of education.
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Mix It Up! Authentic Activities for the World Language Classroom

Teaching world language through the interpretative, interpersonal, and presentational modes, Sarah Loyola uses edtech and social media to keep it authentic for her students.
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The Future of Learning

Edutopia blogger 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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Public-Private Partnerships: The Real Future of Education

In the areas of STEM, digital literacy, and the Maker movement, an energetic groundswell of public-private partnership initiatives is not-so-quietly remaking the future of education.
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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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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.
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Parents: Inspiring Readers Through the Summer Slump

Parents can engage their children with summer reading. Judy Willis suggests six ways including variety, no pressure, and modeling a love for reading.
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7 Ways To Do ISTE 2014 Your Way

Elana Leoni, Edutopia's Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing, helps you gear up for a successful ISTE annual conference with seven ways to maximize your learning and connectivity -- on your own terms.

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Mixing it Up with Mangahigh: Using Games to Differentiate Instruction

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David Upchurch: Mangahigh is an online educational resource.

Toby Rowland: Over the last three years, we have learned that there’s some rules for math game creation. One rule was that the game mechanic had to be the map.

Chris Green: The concept that we now have launched has gone through many phases to make it exciting and challenging and to make the gradient, the slope, of learning just right. What’s key is that you’re constantly having to solve mathematics problems, but you’re doing it in such a way that it’s exciting, it’s challenging, it’s engaging.

David Upchurch: All our games are built around an API that queries the game constantly about how the student’s doing and how they’re performing, where they’re struggling and so forth. That’s all fed back to us here and some of that data’s also made available to teachers via their admins.

Toby Rowland: The games through the APIs are embedded in the site. That means that teachers can set tasks within games for students and they can be sure that their students are going to go directly into that level of the game and immediately be on task.

Chris Green: Students have to be out of their comfort zones. If you’re in your comfort zone and you’re getting things right and right and right and teaches tiny increments in difficulty or just more of the same, what have you learned? You’ve really learned nothing. That’s not something that students are necessarily used to and it’s quite scary for teachers as well to have the idea that, you know, we want students to make mistakes. We want them to learn from those mistakes. We want them to be uncomfortable in a math classroom. We don’t want kids just sitting there churning stuff out. We want them to feel that there’s a sense that I might not achieve everything today. That is where the real learning goes on and that’s a challenge creating Mangahigh resources. That’s what we want to create.

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  • Director / Camera / Editor: JR Sheetz
  • Associate Producer, Edutopia: Douglas Keely
  • Senior Manager of Video, Edutopia: Amy Erin Borovoy
  • Special Thanks: Histrionix, Lanier Middle School

This video was originally produced by Institute of Play, and was made possible through generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Guest blogger Kristof Mueller, a teacher at Quest to Learn, uses the online math game site Mangahigh to illustrate three tips for differentiated instruction: pre-assessment, formative assessment, and the Goldilocks Principle of 'just right.'
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$125K Science & Music Teaching Salary - Teaching @ TEP

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The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School is currently seeking experienced and outstanding science and music teacher candidates. We are also hiring in ELA, Special Education, Debate, Social Studies, Math, & Physical Education. If you’re interested in applying for any of our positions, please follow the specific directions on our website: www.tepcharter.org/apply.php.