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edutopia: Resources For 21st Teachers and Librarians

Bonnie says (and I agree with her) that "Twenty First Century Learners Need Tech-Savvy Teachers." 

edutopiaAre you one of them?

Today’s post is chock-filled with Bonnie Bracey Sutton’s technology resources for teachers and librarians. There’s a lot to consume, so I will leave this post up longer than usual. Also, be sure to share it with your colleagues.

Bonnie asks…

What are the ingredients for technology success? Some of these resources can be recipes for your success.


Edutopia, The Lucas Foundation


Edutopia is the magazine, Web site, and video documentaries published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas, the Foundation documents and disseminates information about exemplary programs in K-12 schools to help spread these practices nationwide. A nonprofit organization, GLEF serves their mission through the creation of media: films, books, documentaries, the magazine Edutopia, e-newsletters, and I have learned and worked with this organization since 1992.


Edutopia media celebrates unsung heroes who are making “Edutopia” a reality. The word Edutopia represents an ideal educational landscape, where students are motivated to learn and teachers are energized by the excitement of teaching. In these schools, parents and other professionals from the community — architects, artists, physicians, and writers, among others — contribute their expertise and resources.


Technology is readily available and enables students, teachers, and administrators to seek knowledge and expertise beyond the school building. “Edutopia” is a vision of powerful teaching and learning.


With the goal of having educators and parents, as well as business and community leaders involved in making change in education, the Edutopia resources show best practices in many different ways


Their ingredients for success in using technology:



    * Engage: Project-Based Learning

    * Connect: Integrated Studies

    * Share: Cooperative Learning

    * Expand: Comprehensive Assessment



    * Coach: Intellectual and Emotional Guide

    * Learn: Teaching as Apprenticeship



    * Adopt: Technology

    * Reorganize: Resources



    * Involve: Parents

    * Include: Community Partners


I especially like the way in which they share professional development.

Here are those tools:


Professional Development Modules ( free)


Teacher Training( from Edutopia)


The free teaching modules were developed by education faculty and professional developers for their colleagues. They can be employed as extension units in existing courses or can be used independently in workshops and meetings. You can change and modify these to suit your learning community.


Each module includes articles, video footage, PowerPoint presentations, and class activities. They draw from the wealth of the Foundation’s archives of best practices and correlate with ISTE/NCATE NETS standards.


Innovative Classrooms

    * Based Learning (updated)

    * Technology Integration (updated)

    * Assessment (updated)


Then there is Intel and teacher tools and a philosphy that helps to transition into the

various 21st century skills . There is an entire Teach Program at INTEL


K-12 Teaching Tools

"With the help of technology, teachers will be leaders in the transformation of education around the world." – Craig R. Barrett – Chairman, Intel Corporation


Free tools and resources for educators support collaborative student-centered learning. Online thinking tools are active learning places where students engage in robust discussions, pursue investigations, analyze complex information, and solve problems.


Thinking tools

*The Thinking Tools are undergoing maintenance. During this time, you may use the Teacher Workspace to edit or create projects, but your students will be unable to login or complete their projects. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Visual Ranking Tool

Identify and refine criteria for assigning ranking to a list; and then debate differences, reach consensus, and organize ideas.


Seeing Reason Tool

Investigate relationships in complex systems, creating maps that communicate understanding.


Showing Evidence Tool

Construct well-reasoned arguments that are supported by evidence, using a visual framework.

I’d like to thank Bonnie for supplying readers with such useful information. And if you can believe it, there’s more tomorrow.