Edutopia, supported by the George Lucas Foundation is a great resource for teachers. There is great depth in the site which gives a wide range of resources, lesson plans, videos, links to other blogs as well as blogs within the site.
I came across this rather simple yet powerful idea to give students a voice.
Edutopia.org wants to hear from you about which skills you think your school should teach to help you succeed in life. Kids are experts on the modern digital world, and we think it's time adults listened. Create a video stating your opinion, and submit it by October 15 -- we'll publish our favorites on Edutopia.org.
It's simple -- there are just five steps:
- Create a video, no more than one minute long, answering this question:
"What do you think is the most important skill to learn for your future -- and why?"
The footage could consist of straightforward talking to the camera, or something more creative.
- Introduce yourself with your first name only.
- Obtain parental consent for taping and posting on the Internet if you are younger than eighteen years old.
- Post the video on YouTube and tag it "edutopiaskills." (Note that YouTube users must be at least thirteen years old.)
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, telling us your name, age, parental contact information, and hometown, and include a link to the video.
I love the simplicity of it. I think we'll have a go next term with our Year 9/10 students.