George Lucas Educational Foundation

Beth Holland

Writer, Researcher, and Professional Learning Consultant

Beth Holland has over 20 years of experience in education. She has taught in K-12 classrooms, served as Director of Academic Technology in an independent school, designed professional learning programs for schools around the world, and created tools and strategies to support education leaders. She blogs regularly for a number of publications in addition to Edutopia, presents nationally as well as internationally, and conducts research related to innovation in education. She holds an Education Doctorate (EdD) in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education from Johns Hopkins University, a Master's degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard University, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Northwestern University.

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  • School Leadership

    Starting Small Helps Keep Innovation Manageable

    Whether a school is planning a new curriculum or a new use of space, low-key testing of different ideas can improve the end result.
  • Blended Learning

    Professional Development Based on Reality TV

    Four challenges inspired by popular shows guide teachers to consider how to make the most of blended learning.
  • Technology Integration

    A Better Way to Integrate Edtech

    Helping reluctant teachers bring education technology into their classrooms starts with respecting their perspective.
  • Blended Learning

    Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

    Blended learning has the potential to transform the way teachers teach and students learn—if we take advantage of all that it offers
  • Critical Thinking

    The Art of Reflection

    Portfolios allow students to regularly reflect on their learning process—deepening their connection to content.
  • School Libraries

    21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

    Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
  • Student Engagement

    Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

    It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another way to become passionate about literature.
  • Technology Integration

    Note Taking With Technology

    Despite arguments to the contrary, computers can be effective for note taking—if we adequately support students in using them.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Inquiry and the Research Process

    Tips for ensuring that your students’ research fosters genuine inquiry.
  • Blended Learning

    Arriving at a Definition of Learning

    Personalized and blended learning and differentiated instruction should be viewed as interrelated supports for deep learning.
  • Design Thinking

    Design Thinking and PBL

    Design thinking and PBL can bridge what we know and how we innovate. Try combining these two practices as an instructional framework for teaching 21st-century skills.
  • Digital Citizenship

    How Much Screen Time? That’s the Wrong Question

    Instead of obsessing over the quantity of screen time, we should focus on improving the quality of it.
  • Critical Thinking

    The Art of Reflection

    Portfolios allow students to regularly reflect on their learning process—deepening their connection to content.
  • Technology Integration

    Take Note: How to Curate Learning Digitally

    Going beyond the 4Ss of digital note taking (support, save, search, and share), students should work toward curating, synthesizing, and reflecting on their learning.
  • Mobile Learning

    The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

    Edutopia blogger Beth Holland introduces the backchannel as a tech integration strategy for keeping students engaged in the classroom - all students, not just the ones who are always raising their hands or speaking out.