The connected learning model is a tool for understanding and supporting learning. It allows for intervention as we analyse the ever changing social, economic, technological and cultural society we are in. This model aims at creating a dynamic of mindsets, so not everyone thinks the exact same thing, but all ideas work for a greater whole. The connected learning model also prioritizes the learning through others, so not just one idea, but various ideas bouncing off of the other. It’s a framework that valorises collaboration, equitable learning, and encourages meaningful learning through interests, experiences, etc. When a learning model as such, contains such great values, it becomes the perfect formula to creating life long learners.
Conjointly, it is not only the students who are learning from one another but the educators as well. It is common that teachers feel like they lack peer support. With the connected learning model, educators support one another; they share resources, lessons. Those who were lacking or limited in material/knowledge are no longer. Through this model, we also gravitate towards technology as a tool to connect those who were out of touch, for example, through online resources, students who are unable to go to libraries, purchase books, etc., they have more access to knowledge. The connected learning model unites schools, community and the home, rather than in the past where traditionally these were separate.