Planning, teaching and assessment centers around the
needs and abilities of students
What is it?
Student-centered learning moves students from passive
receivers of information to active participants in their own discovery process.
What students learn, how they learn it and how their learning is assessed are
all driven by each individual student’s needs and abilities.
At the system level, this requires implementing curriculum
planning practices, pedagogy and assessment methods that support a
student-centric approach. In the classroom, teachers craft instruction and apply
technology in a way that best serves each student’s learning journey. Technology
use is always guided by two primary criteria:
- What’s appropriate for the task at
- How can activities be designed to develop higher-order thinking
Why is it important?
When students take responsibility for their own learning,
they become explorers capable of leveraging their curiosity to solve real-world
problems. To that end, the ISTE Standards guide teachers toward designing
learning experiences that permit student independence and foster lifelong
Technology allows for an unprecedented level of personalized
learning, with valuable opportunities to monitor progress and engagement, follow
student thinking, and digitally assess competencies. When schools effectively
leverage both technology and pedagogy, both students and teachers become
empowered to make decisions about their own learning and teaching.
True student-centered learning requires more than just an
increase in technology implementation. It represents a shift in the educational
culture toward a system that supports technology for standards-based learning
and real-world problem solving. As a system transitions to a student-centered
approach, educators can more effectively apply technology to improve learning
outcomes and help students develop the skills for college and career readiness.
What does it look like?
Successful student-centered teaching emphasizes both
creative and effective use of technology to meet students’ learning goals.
Teachers address content standards in ways that not only support the material,
but also help students develop the essential digital skills outlined in the ISTE
When evaluating how student-centered learning is
incorporated into a school or district, it is critical to assess the extent to
- Technology-powered pedagogy is applied
- Technology is used to increase access and differentiate teaching
- Teachers know how to differentiate their teaching using