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Digital Learning Commons Proposal

A proposal by FGCU College of Education graduate students for transitioning the Matanzas High School media center to a 21st century digital learning commons.
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Nicholas Favazzo

on 1 May 2014

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Transcript of Digital Learning Commons Proposal

Modern education is student-led and collaborative, harnessing the power of a collective intelligence.

To achieve this, educational environments in the 21st century must permit :

Expression
Production
Inquiry
Community
Transition the Matanzas High School media center to a 21st century digital learning commons. Research by Mihailidis and Diggs (2012) suggests the following:

Move print
to the periphery.
Make the introspective environment i
nteractive
.
Allow for
investigation
, instead of just information.
Encourage
creation
above simple consumption.
Goal & Objectives
Resources
Resources
Technology = automation.
Automation = human resources.
Human resources better utilized.
Peer tutoring from SA encouraged.

Transition to eBooks:
Using current FollettShelf system:
Cengage for non-fiction titles.
Follett for fiction titles.
Media Specialist & Media Clerk have less clerical/ "warehousing" responsibilities.
New job descriptions for 21st century educational roles:
Information specialist
Instructional partner
Reduction of redundant technologies;
Replacement with innovation.

STEM jobs
Considerations
The FGCU team has worked to create a proposal that is realistic. The following potential barriers have been considered:

1.
Physical space
: Spatial limitations, as well as time restrictions due to regularly scheduled class time have been recognized. Using the technology and infrastructure currently available to students, we propose a digital transition to permit u-Learning.

2.
Resources
: After analysis of many, we are initially introducing only those which we feel will have the greatest benefit on student achievement.

3.
Budget
: While we feel strongly that any financial investment will have significant ROI in terms of student achievement, we are proposing a FY 15/16 budget that is 90% of that for FY 14/15. Potential outside funding sources are identified.
Prepared by: FGCU College of Ed students
A 21st Century Proposal
Mihailidis, P & Diggs, V. (2012). Media literacy and learning commons in the digital age: Toward a knowledge model for successful integration into the 21st century school library. The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. Retrieved from: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2012/04/media-literacy-and-learning-commons-in-the-digital-age-toward-a-knowledge-model-for-successful-integration-into-the-21st-century-school-library/
Physical Space Challenges:
Under 3000 SF!
Very traditional
Physical Space in the 21st Century Commons:
Moving print to the periphery.
Non-fiction works moved to the classrooms.
Fiction works literally at the periphery.

Turning introspective into interactive.
Configurable & "soft seating" transitions.
Collaboration continually encouraged.
Individual work areas available.

Allowing for investigation.
Media variety: Appeal to learner preference.
Digital: Increase availability and access.

Encouraging creation.
Cloud software (Adobe, Prezi, etc.)
3D printing possibilities.
Budget
District Expense
(@ 1,609 students):
FY 14/15: $24,000 ($14.91/ student)
FY 15/16: $21,481 ($13.36/ student)
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