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What Does the Future of Learning Look Like?

What Does the Future of Learning Look Like? By Sam Hocking


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Whenever I am asked what I think about the future of education, I think about students working collaboratively, solving problems, inquiring, using digital technology and being empowered when learning. SOLE ticks all of these boxes.

I have been using SOLE with students for over a year and have been amazed at the positive outcomes. Students are highly engaged and go beyond what I had perceived to be within their capability and comprehension.

As we have progressed with SOLE we have looked for opportunities to become more complex and to broaden the scope of our learning. We usually tie our SOLE sessions into our current class inquiry to make the learning relevant to what we are already doing (however sometimes it is great fun to capture the moment and do something completely different).


We have a 'Wonder Wall' where student can post questions at any time. These student questions become the questions that we use for our SOLE sessions. As our class inquiry progresses the questions become more specific and complicated. This serves to kindle the fire in the students even more and they cannot wait for our sessions to come around.

SOLE helps students learn how to find out what they need to know, to use the internet effectively and to learn how to learn. By working collaboratively they share strengths. As a result, areas of weakness can also be strengthened through the modelling of their peers.

I love the fact that SOLE unlocks student agency and capacity. I have been amazed by the students' ability to pose a question, that even I do not know the answer to, and for them to stand in front of their peers and present their answer knowledgeably and confidently.


I asked my students to share some of their thoughts about SOLE which I believe paints a great picture of how important it is to them.

What do you like about SOLE?

“You get to present to the class what you have learnt about the question or the topic. You get to work as a group and find out new things.”

“It is interesting, we learn more about the topic at hand and working as group so we all learn things from each other.”

“You get to interact with others and together you work as a team and it's a team effort. You get to use devices at your fingertips and you have different ways of finding the information.”

“It is a new way to learn and it helps you learn in groups.”

“You get to work in groups and get a specific meaning from the internet and group mates. Also you get to learn how other people that you are working with think.”

Why is SOLE good?

“Because you figure out interesting facts along the way.”

“You can learn different things and work in a group situation. It helps you work better in a group, and learn to use resources at hand.”

“Because you learn more about the topic at hand and you learn how to use different types of methods to find out the information. You find more than just the answer. You get to try new ways of finding out.”

“Because there is not really a wrong or right answer”

“It puts some pressure on you to get it done in a time limit. It is good to learn how to work well as a team and quickly.”

“Because it is fun and helps you learn new ways to do things on devices and I also like that we (students) get to choose the questions”

“You work with other people in your class that you wouldn't normally work with and see how they work. As well as finding out new things about your topic.”


By asking the students these questions I learned much more about the impact it has for them. They feel they have the ownership of SOLE and the outcomes they gain. The power of student voice continues to amaze me in identifying what is working in my pedagogical practice and the subsequent impact it has for the students.

I believe that SOLE will continue to support students to learn for their future and empower them to be lifelong learners.

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