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Moving Towards a Learning Commons

Alberta Learning Commons

Lisa Mueller

on 11 March 2011

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Transcript of Moving Towards a Learning Commons

A LEARNING COMMONS... physical space teaching and learning virtual LC is a flexible and responsive approach to helping schools focus on learning collaboratively. expands the learning experience, taking students and educators into virtual spaces beyond the walls of the school is a vibrant, whole-school approach, presenting exciting opportunities for collaboration among teachers, teacher-librarians and students is where new technologies are realized and utilized is where new relationships are formed between learners is where both students and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways to learn. "build it and they will come" •
• Library open and staffed entire school day
• Wide variety of resources available
• Student ownership encouraged - Read posters – Collection input from students
• Flexible scheduling and multiple areas available on a sign up basis
• Computer labs and library joined

• Attractive welcoming environment with attention-grabbing displays Different configurations of work spaces/seating areas Comfortable seating areas • Wireless connection throughout library/school
• Use of electronic devices in library encouraged
• School/Library website provides access to online resources and use of Web 2.0 tools (blogs – wikis) encouraged
• 24/7 access to school resources and students’ own files
• Easy access to school computers in library
• Dedicated search computers in the library
• All libraries in the district, local public library and regional library system connected to allow sharing of resources
• An information literacy course offered to all students
• “Research Tips” mini-lessons for each grade level/subject area to maintain research skills
• Pathfinders for curriculum topics available online
• Continuous reaching out to colleagues at every opportunity to encourage collaboration – email, staff meeting presentations, PD sessions
• Distant Learning students supervised in the library
• Best of the Best fiction and non-fiction reading lists for each grade
• Reading Promotions
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