What You Want to Know!
Be In Charge of Your Own Learning!
How would the world look if you were your
As a teacher, what would you do
differently to you the learner?
As a learner, what would you expect of
you the teacher?
What would you choose to know more
So What is Stopping You???
Time Enough, Room Enough, Help Enough
The Autonomous Learner Model
“The goal of the model is to facilitate the
growth of students as independent, self-
directed learners, with the development of
skills, concepts, and positive attitudes
within the cognitive, emotional, social, and
physical domains (Betts & Kercher, 1999,
“Skills to interact effectively with others”
Study skills, Critical and Creative thinking,
Problem Finding and Solving
Gather Knowledge with Technology then
Synthesize Information and Experience
Seek knowledge of Colleges and Careers
“Learn Methods of Organization”
“Become Producers of Knowledge”
The Technology for Gathering
and Connecting you with
“…to increase education
The Courses: Electives undreamed of are
available to you. Take them on-line
– Nothing else like it is offered at our school
– It is a great way to interact in the lab and on-
line with other GT students
– The lab and on-line teachers are excited
about teaching you what you want to know
– It is a way to get started now on your big
7th-9th grade possible courses:
– Digital Photography
– Military History Civil War
– Intro to Languages: German, Spanish, Chinese
– Project Civic Learning
– Service Learning
– Musical Foundations
– Music in society
– Psychology A
– Spanish A
Can I handle it?:
IDLA Student Manual
– Once you find the class you want your Site
Coordinator will help you register for the class
– Before you take the class you will need to go
through Orientation. It is a 5 hour class that
will cover “a Code of Conduct, Netiquette,
Success Skills, and What If? scenarios.”
In the IDLA Lab your Site Coordinator
will help you…
– Choose and register for your classes
– Navigate Orientation
– Take Quizzes and Tests
– Communicate with your on-line teacher
– Remember important dates
– Check on Grades
– Solve Technical Problems
– If you take classes as part of the GT program,
during the school day, you will not need to
pay for them.
– If you take classes that are already offered by
the school you will need to pay for them
The Course tuition is $50
No doubt there will be times when you are
waiting for the next lesson…these are your
chances for real genius.
To know what you want and how to get it
takes learning from people who know how
to use goals. We can help with that.
Filling empty spaces with goal achieving will
take you far.
Some people are content with allowing others to organize
and run their learning. We suspect you are not one of
You are invited to plan and experience
on your own terms.
Betts, George. “The Autonomous Learning Model for High
School Programming” Gifted Education Communicator,
Fall/Winter 2003. 7/21/2006.
Idaho Digital Learning Academy