I’ve long been a listener of NPR. Driving to and from school, it’s just about the only thing my  radio plays unless there’s a Giants game on. NPR only has a few different national sources for underwriting (or so it would seem), and one of them I’ve always wanted to check out was this foundation called Edutopia, “a source for what works in education.” To be perfectly honest, I’ve been most curious to see if the George Lucas Educational Foundation is affiliated with that George Lucas. (It is.)

I finally got around to looking at the site after one of Edutopia’s Twitter posts was promoted/suggested in my feed. Turns out it’s a great resource for all kinds of things, and the site curators also have a feature called “Schools That Work.” One thing I’ve found myself wondering a great deal as we move toward 1:1 next year is what will it look like? And another – will it work? In the time I spent poking around the site the last couple days, I’ve found valuable resources that can help any of us roll out technology in lessons, classes, even whole departments – and even some videos to prove they work.

So as you think happy thoughts about next year, consider rooting around this site for items of interest. What’s the worst that could happen?

Bonus: I think this source will be valuable even more as we look at moving to a modified block schedule. Lots of their resources relate to the kinds of learning that 80-minute block periods can help to facilitate.

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