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Author: Richard Olsen, IdeasLAB | January 11th, 2012

How do we identify and leverage the possibilities that technology offers for transformative student experiences, roles and relationships? Underpinning the lack of genuine transformation of the learning experiences of our young people, has been the lack of a framework that allows us to better describe what a transformed learning environment might look like; in turn that has limited our ability to clearly articulate such experiences to a broader audience. Transformation can only follow a reimagination of what's possible, and to do that it is useful to create a flexible model around which the notion of Powerful Learning can occur.

To move beyond our unambitious vision for technology in formal education, we need to own and understand how technology redefines learning experiences, roles and relationships. We need to allow collaborative technologies to transform our inquiry-based learning, leveraging the speed in which feedback can be obtained to enable iterative authentic projects. We need to harness the power of social networking for personalisation. Moving beyond simply presenting our findings, and begin sharing our progress and learning intentions, resulting in deep social participation that enables learners to be better informed and therefore, make better personalised learning decisions. We need to move beyond personal knowledge construction, and leverage modern online learning communities to jointly construct knowledge, through curation, synthesis and collective knowledge construction.

The Powerful Learning Pedagogical Model uses three dimensions, experiences, roles and relationships, to identify eight learning types to which we can align our vision and our practice. By identifying the potential for and commitment to transformative practice, school leaders are better informed when attempting to more closely align their vision with practice.

A Vision for Powerful Learning is a new ideasLAB white paper that will be available for free download in late February 2012. Click here for more information.

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