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edutopia

If you haven’t discovered Edutopia, head over to their website right now! Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, subscribe to their emails ~ take in all of it. I can’t say enough about what a terrific resource it is. Whether I need some inspiration, am researching a teaching topic or just looking for the best in educational practice, I can always rely on Edutopia to provide exactly what I’m looking for. It is a terrific resource for teachers engaging in PBL, cooperative learning, technology integration and social/emotional learning.

Here’s a bit from their About section, written by George Lucas (yes, THAT George Lucas!) to explain Edutopia’s purpose:

Traditional education can be extremely isolating — the curriculum is often abstract and not relevant to real life, teachers and students don’t usually connect with resources and experts outside of the classroom, and many schools operate as if they were separate from their communities.

Project-based learning, student teams working cooperatively, children connecting with passionate experts, and broader forms of assessment can dramatically improve student learning. New digital multimedia and telecommunications can support these practices and engage our students. And well-prepared educators are critical.

The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) documents and disseminates the most exciting classrooms where these innovations are taking place. By shining the spotlight on these inspiring teachers and students, we hope others will consider how their work can promote change in their own schools.

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