Powerful Learning is a set of principles guiding educators to design learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners. Powerful Learning is personal and accessible, authentic and challenging, collaborative and connected, and inquisitive and reflective. These learning experiences provide opportunities for students to deeply engage in their learning while using technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap.
Every learner is different, and the ways in which we learn are complex and variable. Learners are most responsible for their own learning and must have agency to chart their own course, and feel safe and supported in doing so. Educators need to support learners in this journey through their pedagogy, use of tools and technology, and design of the learning environment.
When students are engaged in work that has an audience and impact outside of their classrooms, they are more motivated to persist in overcoming learning challenges. Authentic and challenging lessons develop the habits of mind that students need to be empathetic global citizens and engaged members of their communities.
Learners reach deeper levels of understanding when they have opportunities to discuss diverse viewpoints, address misconceptions, and solve problems together. By structuring learning experiences that use technology to promote high levels of collaboration and connectivity, teachers can help students build the skills needed for future success.