Learners as Leaders: Cross Grade Collaboration

When instructional technology is adopted, teachers and students often begin with substitution activities, where they are using a digital tool in place of a conventional tool, as they develop proficiency. The promise and goal of instructional technology is to enable and support a transformation and redefinition of what is possible in the design of learning experiences, accelerating collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and student’s construction of knowledge. This is the ongoing work at the heart of our 21st Century Learning initiative.

Collaborating across grade levels and schools, Maria Burke and Nicole Adkins exemplify the mindset of lead learners, where the role of the teacher shifts from being the source of knowledge to being a leader in seeking and constructing knowledge. Enjoy this brief window into the learning journey they have taken with their students, and how modeling as lead learners, they turned their learners into leaders.