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.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
Four children climbing on a play structure

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.

Student listening to a man explain something at the computer in an architect's office

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.

Three boys working together around a table

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.

Discuss

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design

Last comment 1 week 4 days ago
34 23,828 223,594 views

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Last comment 3 weeks 5 days ago
9 2,033 307,892 views

Design 101 for Educators: An Icon Is Worth (at Least) a Dozen Words

Last comment 1 hour 36 min ago
6 73 4,236 views

Teachers: Staying Positive in Trying Times

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 06:20
48 2,584 64,281 views

Classroom Management and the Flipped Class

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 06:02
64 6,697 35,131 views

Browse

Article

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.

5 650 8,471 views
Article

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.

1 120 3,239 views
Edutopia's Top Ten for 2014
Article

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.

765 21,427 views
The Flipped Class: Which Tech Tools Are Right For You?
Article

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.

5 571 32,639 views
Article

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.

2 143 1,494 views
Article

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.

3 588 7,973 views
Article

3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.

15 256 35,380 views

Pages

Room of seated adults surrounded by book shelves with four people front and center speaking
Article

Online Teacher Book Clubs: Promoting a Culture of Professional Development

Starting an online book club for teachers at your school can promote professional development and teamwork through introducing new ideas without impacting everyone's already-busy schedule.

10 297 14,700 views
Illio of "Google" written on a black chalk board
article

Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers

These tools from Google for Educators, whether old and familiar or new and improved, will keep teachers and students inspired, inventive, and organized.

21 1,282 14,451 views
Smiling woman sitting at her teacher's desk
Article

21st-Century PD: Retention, Reflection, and Redistribution of Knowledge

With more focus on retaining information, reflecting, and redistributing new knowledge, teachers can foster the deeper level of professional learning that kids and communities deserve.

1,104 14,451 views
Media Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World
video

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.

22 48 14,451 views
A young boy is standing in front of a board in a classroom, pointing to something and talking to two adults.
Article

Students as Leaders of Their Learning

Student-led conferences turn the traditional parent-teacher conference on its head by making students the liaisons between school and family, and drivers of their own education.

9 203 14,202 views
Student listening to a man explain something at the computer in an architect's office
Article

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.

16 332 14,202 views
Article

This Ain't Your Momma's Open House

Use QR codes, augmented reality, virtual tours, and other advances in classroom technology to change up the sometimes less-than-efficient rituals of Parent Open House.

1 273 14,202 views

Pages