Innovation in Action

Student Voice: Building Communities of Empowered Learners

Waterloo District School Board (2016)

  Student Voice :Building Communities of Empowered Learners  

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Innovation in the classroom can involve rethinking and redesigning how courses are combined and the role students play in directing their learning. This video describes how one teacher transforms her classroom by engaging students in voice, choice, and real- world authentic tasks enhanced by technology, and combining two courses: English and Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.

Themes and IdeasThemes and ideas:


  • Student voice and choice
  • Cross-curricular learning opportunities
  • Building communities of learners
  • Participatory culture
  • Global competencies
  • Student-driven collaborative learning
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Viewer's ListThis video is for:
  • Students
  • Educators
  • School and System Leaders

Discussion QuestionDiscussion questions:
  • In what ways can teachers intentionally create the conditions that foster communities of learners?
  • What considerations of digital citizenship are critical to student-driven learning experiences and the addition of the BYOD approaches?
  • What do you consider when designing physical spaces in your classroom or school in order to foster collaboration and communication?
  • How do educators and school leaders support and promote student voice that is oriented toward deeper lear?
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