To support students in attaining the goals and standards as stated in the Ministerial Order on Student Learning, school authorities must ensure that students have access to a learning commons. A learning commons is an inclusive, flexible, learner-centred, physical and/or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, and imagination and play to expand and deepen learning.
Guidelines: Learning Commons Guidelines
Wonderful to have the Alberta School Learning Commons Policy released! It has been a long process and we are thankful that it is now policy. See the policy statement and link to the Guidelines. This is presented on page 21 and 69 of Alberta Education's 2014/2015 Guide to Education.
accompanying website for a presentation that @geekteacher and I did at 2014 Alberta Teachers' Conferences. Ppt is there in two parts as well as all links mentioned. Main emphasis is on the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC) and the link to the physical.
Genius Hour is a powerful movement popping up in classrooms across the world. The idea encourages students to explore their own passions and creativity.
Great example of setting up for inquiry - own passions - could also be imbedded into the specifics of teaching and learning as part of shift in teaching instead of just something "outside" of school tasks/topics. Learning commons (physical and virtual) a great central point to locate the work. #CBEILC #tlchat
In what might come as a shock to those whose prime occupation is bemoaning the literacy of the current generation of young adults, new research has revealed that Americans aged 16 to 29 actually read more books and use the library more than those...
Has the maker movement taken hold in your library yet? Starting a maker space is easier—and less costly—than you may think. Technologies such as robotics, digital video production, computer coding, and 3-D printing may garner the most attention, but traditional activities instill the same spirit of invention, collaboration, and critical thinking of the maker phenomenon.
Some good ideas here - like how maker spaces are described. Encourages strategies for starting within your budget.
Standards of Practice for School Libraries in Canada from the Voices for School Libraries Network of the Canadian Library Association
At long last!! The publication of the new Canadian National Standards for School Libraries! It was amazing to be part of the focus group and process. So thrilled! Thank you to CLA and VOICES for School Libraries Network.
This past January, the Alliance for Excellent Education published a report showing school librarians in the front lines of the education movement to shepherd digital tools and skills into the hands of students.
An insight we've been trying to prove for awhile! Yay!
A school library in St. Louis, Missouri, boasts something unique: It’s the only known library whose design is based on Multiple Intelligences theory—a groundbreaking concept of intellect conceived by psychologist Howard Gardner and widely embraced...
Very interesting concept - though I have an argument about no technology and having a lab 45 feet away....
Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing
Great first step...in making learning more relevant. Let's keep at it! Competency skill building, inquiry skills...all emphasized in a Library Learning Commons. You can be intentional in the skill building and demonstration, even while loosening the reins. Part of learning how to learn - authentic learning.
via Edudemic If your local school system offers computer science courses, chances are those courses are electives that won’t count toward core science or mathematics credit. The implicit mes...
How could we further explore and encourage this within the LC concept? Collaboration with tech teachers, leadership, integration with tech squad, clubs (especially if programming is not available as a course/option, etc.)