1.1 Empowered Learner

Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.

“Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.”-Ernest Dimnet

I have always enjoyed being assigned a project in school. My creativity begins to take over and I can usually come up with a great idea, whether it’s making a shadow box, a poster, or some sort of model. Of course, once my hands would take over, what was in my head did not seem to translate to my hands. That’s okay, though. I was always excited about getting to use my imagination and devise something in my brain. Getting to create something does give students a chance to do something other than “regular” schoolwork, I suppose.

It is important for students to be given some autonomy in their education. One of the easiest ways is through choices. Teachers can offer multiple ideas for projects and “empower” students to own their ideas and achieve their goals. As part of one of my own projects for school, I presented a slide show where I talk about an assigned project where students worked together on something. Aside from collaboration, the project allowed students an opportunity to create something and present it to the class. Here is that presentation:

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