Education Trends

A Path Appears: Awareness, Engagement, and Action

Author: Mark Phillips
A documentary series examining human trafficking and youth empowerment can raise students' awareness of national and global humanitarian crises, inspiring them to engage and act.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library

Author: Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)
In honor of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month, VideoAmy has produced a list of interesting and insightful videos and resources that explore the future of the school library.

Making Room for Making

Author: Nicholas Provenzano
To bring maker education to your school, find a space, purchase equipment and supplies carefully, budget and partner creatively, and encourage ongoing student involvement.

The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

Author: Diane Cadiergue
When schools nurture student creativity, they foster inquisitiveness, persistence, imagination, discipline, and collaboration, leading to improved classroom behavior, motivation, attendance, and academic attainment.

12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation

Author: Dr. Richard Curwin
Embarrassing or belittling students may interfere with learning and lead to long-term resentment. Teachers should treat students respectfully and be mindful of their feelings.

Breaking Down Silos: Career Technical Education in the Era of Common Core

Author: Anne OBrien
Common Core State Standards have the potential to shine new light on the role that career technical education can play in preparing all students for success in the global community.

How Should We Measure Student Learning? Five Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8

Author: Monica Burns
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Deconstructing Blackness

Author: Nicol R. Howard, PhD
When discussing race and ethnicity with students, accept without assuming, listen to their voices, remain open to opportunities, and facilitate thoughtful conversations.

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Author: Larry Ferlazzo
Consider using autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance as practical classroom strategies to reinforce the intrinsic motivation students need for making the most of their learning.

Teacher Appreciation: Planning Resources for Parents

In preparation for National Teacher Appreciation Month in May, Edutopia has collected tips and ideas for parents looking for the right way to tell educators, “Thank you.”

Five-Minute Film Festival: April Fool's Day!

Author: Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)
April Fool's Day has a long history of pranks and hoaxes, both large and small. Check out this playlist of fun videos to get your inner trickster laughing.

Students Aren't Waiting to Improve Their World

Author: Suzie Boss
How can teachers support students in their efforts to make a difference? Here are three trends worth watching -- and joining.

Powerful Classroom Lessons: It All Begins With the Hook

Author: Bob Lenz
The lure or hook when introducing new learning to students matters more than we think.

4 Easy Tips and Tricks for Creating Visually Engaging Rubrics

Author: Cait Camarata
Cait Camarata, Edutopia’s visual designer, provides a few straightforward rubric-design tips and a customizable rubric template for educators who are short on time.

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

Author: Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher
Vicki Davis, a computer science teacher and IT integrator, shares this extensive list of year-round resources for teaching students how to code.

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

Author: Matt Davis
To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

Weekly Update: Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences

Get a roundup of educational webinars, conferences, edcamps, and unconferences aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

Life After the Hour of Code

Author: Mary Beth Hertz
Give students a taste of coding, point them at the resources, and their enthusiasm will let them apply a once-nerdy skill to any subject area.