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.

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Technology, PBL, and Place-Based Education

A project- and placed-based learning school learns to use cutting-edge technology in the classroom while maintaining a close relationship to its stunning natural setting.

iPads and Arts Education: Rewriting Cultural Narratives with The 524 Project

High school students from DC and Detroit get acquainted via digital media, sharing their own worlds and learning to appreciate each other's world.

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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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom
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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

By taking down the walls of their school and bringing learning into the community around them, Crellin makes education meaningful and magical for their students.

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

Differentiated instruction (DI) casts a spell on educators as to how it meets all students' needs. The skillset required to differentiate seems mystical to some and incomprehensible to others in this environment of state standards and high-stakes...

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Teacher-Less Field Trips: Classroom Extension Made Easy

When you offer students extra credit to take field trips without you, you give them agency to bring related classroom content alive in new ways.

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Five children bundled up in a forest identifying rocks
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Technology, PBL, and Place-Based Education

A project- and placed-based learning school learns to use cutting-edge technology in the classroom while maintaining a close relationship to its stunning natural setting.

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iPads and Arts Education: Rewriting Cultural Narratives with The 524 Project

High school students from DC and Detroit get acquainted via digital media, sharing their own worlds and learning to appreciate each other's world.

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Learning STEM Through Agriculture on a Nebraska Farm
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Learning STEM Through Agriculture on a Nebraska Farm

Elisabeth Loseke's Hands-On Education When asked how I have been exposed to science during my lifetime, my matter-of-fact response is usually something like this: "I grew up in a science lab." I can only imagine the thoughts running through the...

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Into the Wilderness: Expanding the Lives of Kids

Our relationship with nature is essential to who we are, which is why wilderness experiences are (or should be) part of every young person's education.

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7 iPad Apps for Outdoor Adventures

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns proves that technology has a place in the great outdoors with her list of iPad apps to help kids identify birds and trees, navigate with maps, tie knots, and explore national parks.

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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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Turning the Community Into a Classroom

See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.

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Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curriculum Across Subjects
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Collaborative Planning: Integrating Curricula Across Subjects

Hood River Middle School collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging.

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Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community
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Place-Based Learning: Connecting Kids to Their Community

At Hood River Middle School, place-based learning makes student learning relevant and engaging by turning their local geography, culture, history, and economy into classroom lessons.

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Geo-Literacy: Using Technology to Forge New Ground

Students use visual learning and communication tools to build an in-depth understanding of geography, geology, and local history.

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Whole-School Project Builds Pride

Blogger Suzie Boss highlights how one school used project-based learning to challenge its students to improve their school site.

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