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Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. [with sub-standards 1a-1d]

See all Instructional Ideas for Standard 1: Empowered Learner.

1a. Personal Learning Goals

Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

Identifying a Local Community Issue | ELA Community Activism PBL (Lesson 1 of 6) | 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

In lesson 1 of 6 of this multi-step project, students will identify a community need and the required resources, technology tools, and communication platforms needed to complete the community activism project.

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


Goal setting | Is Your Goal SMART? | 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Students will work to develop an academic goal using the SMART goal framework. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. They will use digital tools to create, share and monitor their personal learning goals.

Art, English Language Arts, Math, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies | 11th-12th, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


Goal setting | How Can I Get Stronger? | K-2

In this activity, student will learn about goal and setting goals to become stronger students and well-rounded individuals. Ideas for connections, brainstorming and keeping track of the students’ goals are included.

Art, English Language Arts, Math, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies | Kindergarten - 2nd


Setting personal reading goals | Building Your Library | 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Students set a goal of reading a certain number of texts (e.g., online articles, young adult literature, short stories, etc.) over a period of time (e.g., a month, semester, or school year) and keep a reading log. In the reading log, students write an entry for each text that includes … Continued

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


1a. Empowered Learner | Math | Grades 3-12

Students take a diagnostic test that is appropriate for their grade level and mathematical discipline (e.g., geometry, pre-algebra, physics, etc.) or topic within a discipline (e.g., number theory, probability, distribution, etc.). Next, students analyze their results, and they identify one or more areas to strengthen. Students then use resources to … Continued

Math | 11th-12th, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


1b. Build networks & learning environments

Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.

Identifying Community Stakeholders | ELA Community Activism PBL (Lesson 2 of 6) | 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

In this part 2 of 6 of the project, students will identify the community stakeholders of their selected issue/topic/need/focus and select a final product form to best convey their research to their stakeholders through completing a rhetorical analysis.

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


Identifying a Local Community Issue | ELA Community Activism PBL (Lesson 1 of 6) | 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

In lesson 1 of 6 of this multi-step project, students will identify a community need and the required resources, technology tools, and communication platforms needed to complete the community activism project.

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


Goal setting | Is Your Goal SMART? | 3-5, 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

Students will work to develop an academic goal using the SMART goal framework. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. They will use digital tools to create, share and monitor their personal learning goals.

Art, English Language Arts, Math, Music, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies | 11th-12th, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


1c. Seek Feedback

Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Acquiring Audience Feedback on a Published Product | ELA Community Activism PBL (Lesson 6 of 6) | 6-8, 9-10, 11-12

In lesson 6 of 6 of this multi-step project, students will use technology to seek feedback about their original product and reflect on their learning.

English Language Arts | 11th-12th, 6th - 8th, 9th-10th


Write a research brief | Be US Census Bureau’s Chief Analyst (Lesson 5 of 5) | 6-8

In Part 5, students will synthesize all of the information and methods they have used to write a final research brief and report to the governor of the state they have selected for analysis. In this multi-step project, students become the Chief Data Analyst for the US Census Bureau Chief … Continued

Math | 6th - 8th


1d. Transfer Knowledge

Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.