In today’s blended learning environment, an increasing number of students and teachers have access to technology that extends the educational process well beyond the classroom walls. As part of this trend, school districts across the U.S. are implementing practices and policies that transform learning environments into one of participatory learning, for the purpose of improving student outcomes.
Participatory learning is a collaborative student-centered environment in which students learn from both their peers and teachers using digital media resources and other tools.
To fully realize the implications of digital media on learning environments, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, created the Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership & Policy initiative. The initiative provides districts with guidelines, best practices, and resources for implementing participatory learning.