Blog 2: 

No metacognition, 

no learning!

No Metacognition, No Learning:
Co-Creating the Learning Environment with Students and the Role of EdTech

In today's K-12 education system, it is crucial for students to develop metacognitive skills. Metacognition is the process of thinking about one's own thinking, and it is essential for learning. Without metacognition, students are unable to reflect on their own learning and make necessary changes to improve. However, how can we ensure that students are developing metacognitive skills in the classroom? One solution is co-creating the learning environment with students and teachers.

Co-creation is the process of working together to design and develop a product, service, or solution. In the classroom, co-creation can be applied to the learning environment (physical and digital). By involving students in the design and development of learning environment, they are more likely to take ownership of their learning and develop metacognitive skills. When students are given a voice and choice in the classroom, they are more likely to take an active role in their learning and reflect on their own progress.

EdTech, or educational technology, also plays a crucial role in co-creating the learning environment. With the integration of technology in the classroom, students have access to a wide range of resources and tools that can aid in their learning. For example, learning management systems (LMS) can provide students with a platform to access and submit assignments, communicate with classmates and teachers, and track their own progress both during and outside of class times. This supports students in their self-regulated learning and allows them to choose when and how to follow instruction, which is in line with their own needs and context. It's important to note that we often underestimate students' ability to have a say in their own learning and the value they bring when given the opportunity to co-create. By involving students in the design and use of EdTech tools, they take ownership of their learning and become more successful learners.

The integration of EdTech and co-creation in the classroom can greatly benefit students in developing metacognitive skills and becoming more successful learners. If you are interested in learning more about this topic and gaining practical strategies to implement in your own classroom, we invite you to register for the INSTALL-ed final event on 17/02 in Brussels. At this event, you will have the opportunity to attend a workshop led by Carla Aerts, an expert in the EdTech ecosystem, and Guy Levi, a specialist in co-creation methods. Additionally, Carla and Guy will be delivering a keynote at the start of the day, combining their perspectives on the topic and offering valuable insights. If you are unable to attend the event in person, the keynote will also be available for online viewing for participants from outside Brussels. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and strategies to improve student learning in your classroom.

Mark W.