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Education Core Strategies Collaboration

Published 04/10/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

Edutopia is an application filled with education resources for grades K-12. The information is geared for teachers, parents, and administrators and is all directed towards some very effective, basic core strategies for learning. The app contains blogs, videos, and free downloadable resources. This app has something for every teacher, student, parent, or member of school administration. And every item on the site is well written and very well presented. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Edutopia was founded by The George Lucas Educational Foundation was founded in 1991. It is a nonprofit foundation that advocates for innovation in educational learning environments in grades K-12. The app consistently shows statistics of 100K-145K unique visitors per month, which is unsurprising based on the amount of content available on the site.

What are the differences to other apps?

This application contains a wealth of information for parents, teachers, and administrators for creating the best learning environment using the latest research and technology for our students in grades K-12. This app is simply so far beyond what any other educational app offers, there is no comparison. Edutopia is on the cutting edge of educational reform and is offering the resources to educators to make public schools better.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The interface is busy and has a lot of information in it, but is actually easy to navigate. The Core Strategies include Integrated Studies to present subjects in an interdisciplinary way to engage and keep students' interest. Project Learning is the long term hands-on approach to learn skills using meaningful activities based on real world issues. Technology Integration promotes the intelligent use of technology in the classroom. Teacher Development is the role that teachers, and parents, play in creating students who love to learn. Social and Emotional Learning comes with project teams who collaborate, communicate, and problem solve. Comprehensive Assessment measures not only academic achievement, but also social and emotional abilities. These core strategies are the basis for the entire Edutopia learning application.

Each section supports the Core Strategies with videos, news, blog posts, communities, and an in-depth look at the core strategies as they apply to various grade levels.

One of the things that stands out on this app is the encouragement for educators to use technology in the classroom to empower students and retain interest. This is an especially helpful feature for parents and teachers who may not be as computer-savvy as the students.

There are blogs for many areas of education. A few examples are: Educational Equity, Innovative Pedagogy, Neuro-Logical Learning, New Teachers, Project-Based Learning, STEM Education, Student Engagement, and Tech Integration. The blog entries are well written and extremely informative.

The Schools That Work section profiles schools that are dramatically improving student learning. They have provided evidence-based success, and using that, Edutopia has created how-to videos and tip lists that may help other users' schools. The teachers at these schools have also shared resources like lesson plans, rubrics, and assessments.

There is a lot of information on this website that could truly help schools better educate our students.

How does the registration process work?

Users may register via Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, or Google. If they choose, they can create an individual account on Edutopia. This requires an email address, password, name, and role in education.

Users are then asked to complete a brief personal profile including a bio, photo, areas of interest,location, role in education, number of children and grades, and social media links.

What does it cost to use the application?

The app is completely free to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

This application would be relevant to anyone interested in improving the educational system for grades K-12. It offers free information and resources that anyone with a student in those grades will find useful.

  • Browse by grade level to find resources targeted to each group
  • Core Strategies for innovation and reform in learning
  • Videos to educate educators
  • Blogs from experts in various educational fields
  • Community groups for teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone interested in improving education
  • Free Classroom guides and educational downloads video

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