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GLEF/Edutopia

The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) shines the light on schools where good things are happening in education. Read stories about and see video segments of public schools across the country showing project-based learning, technology integration, and a number of other good pratices. Subscribe to GLEF's print journal, Edutopia, or read the stories online. Three other free weekly email publications focus on project-based learning, assessment, and social/emotional learning. Free courseware modules address a number of topics as well. best practices, project-based learning, multiple intelligences, video, change, reform

Published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation in 2006

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Education
Themes/Keywords: 21st century skills
technology integration
video examples


Vocabulary
project-based learning, multiple intelligences, video, change, reform


Essential Question(s)
1. What evidence do we have of best practices in teaching and learning?
2. In what ways are teachers engaging students in effective learning?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What makes school meaningful?
2. What should schools be like?
3. What do you like and not like about your school?

Extension and Activities
1. Suggest that students develop a questionnaire about what works well in teaching and learning, and survey students at their school. Their results could be compiled for a presentation to the administration and local school board.
2. Allow students to view selected film segments at the GLEF site and then suggest an adaptation of the practice they viewed for their school that would increase student learning.


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pictureBernice Stafford
Educational Consultant
CILC - Carlsbad, California






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