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ERIC Number: EJ910560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Edutopian Vision: George Lucas Reimagines the American Classroom
Pondiscio, Robert
Education Next, v10 n3 p38-44 Sum 2010
In this article, the author features the George Lucas Education Foundation (GLEF) and its Edutopia initiatives. The George Lucas Educational Foundation, the 19-year-old organization that runs Edutopia, has given itself a mission to "spread the word about ideal, interactive learning environments and enable others to adapt these successes locally." Many educators were only dimly aware of Edutopia until early 2009, when the organization suddenly became more aggressive about promoting its vision and products. Driven by a ubiquitous underwriting campaign on National Public Radio (NPR), Edutopia claims 10,000 paid members and a total monthly audience of over 300,000 educators for its web site and videos, a 70 percent jump in the past year. Its six-year-old bimonthly magazine, "Edutopia," reached 100,000 subscribers until the foundation decided to go online-only starting in the spring of 2010. Its unabashed idealism and cheerful optimism make it impossible to dislike Edutopia, which bills itself somewhat grandly as "What Works in Public Education." What's harder to define is Edutopia's on-the-ground impact on America's classrooms and the efficacy of its unique, ultraprogressive ideas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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