IDE Corp
Professional Development for Innovative Schools

The Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom

The paradigm shift to creating student-driven classrooms.

key-to-instructional-innovation-venn-diagram-v2No amount of strategies presented to teachers will improve instruction without a shift in teachers’ belief systems. For example, teachers can be taught to utilize a variety of differentiation strategies; but unless the teachers truly believe that it is their responsibility and within their capacity to ensure that all students succeed, those strategies will fail.

Raising academic rigor, actively engaging students in learning, and building greater student responsibility for learning are worthy goals. At IDE Corp., we accomplish these goals through the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™. As described in Students Taking Charge, students engage in real-world problems that provide a “felt need” for building curricular skills and concepts. They learn independently and collaboratively with classroom colleagues and others around the world. They use technology seamlessly as a tool for learning. They manage projects, set goals, assess progress, identify resources for learning, and more.

IDE Corp. has at its core ten principles of successful classrooms:

  1. Learning From a Felt Need
  2. High Academic Standards
  3. Higher-Order, Open-Ended Problem-Solving
  4. Student Responsibility for Learning
  5. Connected Learning
  6. Collaboration
  7. Individual Learning Paths
  8. High Social Capital
  9. Technology Infusion
  10. Global Citizenship

VIDEO: Take a look inside South Orangetown, NY Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms to see how problem-based learning engages students and builds creative and critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills.

VIDEO: A look at elementary, intermediate, and high school Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms in White Plains, NY schools.

VIDEO: Briarcliff Manor, NY Schools Superintendent James Kaishian describing their 21st century Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms.

VIDEO: Chester Taylor Elementary School in Pasco County, FL reflects on year one of implementation of Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms.

VIDEO: Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms at Chester Taylor Elementary in Pasco County, FL.

VIDEO: Croton-Harmon, NY teachers and students share their thoughts and successes in designing Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms.