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Ryan Steele on Twitter

Ryan Steele on Twitter | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Excited to be in @TeacherLibrn (Teacher Librarian Magazine) this month! #leadupchat #edslowchat #Christielearns pic.twitter.com/rWU2VVGZrE
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Check April issue for great article on cementing the partnership between principal and teacher-librarian.

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Forest View P.S. LC on Twitter

Forest View P.S. LC on Twitter | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
@TLRichardReid Thanks for poster highlighting Year of the Learning Commons! Let's make it great! #learning commons pic.twitter.com/unoTfB5bvy
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Participate in the Year of the Learning Commons and get your poster here https://sites.google.com/site/yearofthelearningcommons/

 

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KQ_MarApr14_ClimbingtoExcellence.pdf

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Major characteristics of a successful Learning Commons to help schools chart their own journeys to future's oriented learning.

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Collaboration on Wheels: 21st Century Classroom Furniture at Work

Collaboration on Wheels: 21st Century Classroom Furniture at Work | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
RT @edutopia: 21st Century Classroom Furniture at Work: http://t.co/pI7ueVtzff via @LAMBRADLEY http://t.co/k2lQX8B7mj
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The author of this post discovers that designing the task comes first then we find the right technology and create the right environment to enhance or spark the collaboration needed. Often with surprising bonus results!

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Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning

Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
High school students at Science Leadership Academy explain what they value in their education.
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What can we learn about students as learning partners?

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Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind

Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Stimulate your students' curiosity by encouraging valuable questions and tinkering, looking for teachable moments, and building lessons around current events and critical thinking.

Via Karen Bonanno
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Put curiosity to work in the Learning Commons

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The Learning Commons Mindset

The Learning Commons Mindset | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
I walk into almost all of our schools in West Vancouver and very often the first thing people want to show me or talk to me about is the changes happening around the library.  Or more specifically,...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Wonderful support for Learning Commons approach from Chris Kennedy a Superintendent of Schools / CEO with the West Vancouver School District

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4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Attract students to libraries and other rooms of learning by creating agile, inviting spaces with makerspace elements and, most importantly, a community feeling.
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And once you transform space you need to transform program to be a true learning commons where everyone is building knowledge, creating, sharing.....

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Growing schools: From library to learning commons - Lethbridge Herald

Growing schools: From library to learning commons - Lethbridge Herald | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Growing schools: From library to learning commons Lethbridge Herald As schools throughout Alberta move forward with the development of learning commons to align with Alberta Education policy that came into effect this school year, careful...
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Librarians Share Best Practices for Teaching In...

Librarians Share Best Practices for Teaching In... | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Former librarians Paige Jaeger and Mary Ratzer said that when it comes to effectively teaching inquiry-based learning, an educator's best bet is to pair up with their school librarians.
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Confirmed by David Loertscher's research on co-teaching in the Learning Commons. See the current issue of Teacher Librarian for the article based on his research.http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/

 

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking
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Another idea for playing with questions. Check out the new Q Wheel @ONLibraryAssoc Bookstore https://www.accessola.org/web/OLAWEB/OLAStore/SearchResults/OLAWEB/OLAStore/StoreDetails.aspx?iProductCode=QWHEEL …

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Does Your School Have a Teacher Librarian? A CSLA Film - YouTube

This advocacy film about California teacher librarians illustrates how we nurture student interests, integrate technology, teach information literacy, prepar...
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Bottom line, every student and teacher deserves the expertise and support of a qualified TL.

 

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KESLibraryLearningCommons

KESLibraryLearningCommons | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
This Library Learning Commons site is a resource for the students, parents, teachers, staff and community of David A. Kaechele Elementary school.
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Great start to a Virtual Learning Commons!

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Reflections on the Library Learning Commons

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Sounds like the students really appreciate the transformations :)

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Peel Learning Commons (with images, tweets) · M...

Peel Learning Commons (with images, tweets) · M... | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Documenting the evolution of our library into an innovative, collaborative, flexible, inquiry-based #MakerSpace @PeelSchools.
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Wonderful strategy to share transitions over time :)

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March 24, 2015 Ignite Presenter #3 Curtis Wiebe, Teacher Librarian from Strawberry Hill

Educators that want to be inspired with practical uses for technology in the classroom, will be energized by subscribing to this blog (just below the top picture of the cute kids). http://innovativ...
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Yes think differently!

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Monticello High School Learning Commons | National School Boards Association

Monticello High School Learning Commons | National School Boards Association | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Albemarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, VA Grand Prize Winner: 5,000 to 20,000 Enrollment Joan Ackroyd had worked in elementary and middle schools before coming to Monticello High School, and she was, she says, “used to a high level of...
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Learning Commons, an award winning learning environment

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TinkerSpace: Library Learning Commons - TinkerLab

TinkerSpace: Library Learning Commons - TinkerLab | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
An inspiring inside peek into the Kaechele Library Maker Space, part of the TinkerSpace series that looks at art studios and maker spaces.
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Awesome...what else can I say! A true learning commons working with staff, parents and students to 'make' learning happen :)

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, March 12, 11:43 AM

Great pictures and descriptions of how this librarian created a makerspace.

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Virtual Tour of the Learning Commons

Let Joanne Marie Babalis guide you through a virtual tour of the Learning Commons at Anne Frank Public School. This video showcases the first stage of the li...
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Many ideas here for inspiring a culture of inquiry and supporting makerkids in the learning commons

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Meeting the needs of 21st Century learners. | Think Strategic

Meeting the needs of 21st Century learners. | Think Strategic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Do you have a 'Learning Commons' at your school? You should! http://t.co/BVJpDuxJXw http://t.co/sX3NU8HUJ9
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Why school libraries are transforming into learning commons | eSchool News | eSchool News

Why school libraries are transforming into learning commons | eSchool News | eSchool News | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
School libraries are no longer quiet - they're full of learning, research, and dynamic ed-tech tools.
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TinkerSpace: Library Learning Commons - TinkerLab

TinkerSpace: Library Learning Commons - TinkerLab | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
An inspiring inside peek into the Kaechele Library Maker Space, part of the TinkerSpace series that looks at art studios and maker spaces.
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Really inspiring!

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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Knowledge Building: What is it Really?

Isn’t it really just learning by another name? Guest post by Peter Skillen: I would like to thank Deborah for inviting me to write this guest post about knowledge building. With the frequency that ...
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Knowledge-building, creativity and innovation, and
honing of information management and literacy
skills are key goals of the learning commons. http://clatoolbox.ca/casl/slic/llsop.pdf

 

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Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools - Huffington Post

Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools - Huffington Post | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Unless lawmakers can be made to understand the critical role these and other educational professionals play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment...
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Great article to help TLs correct misconceptions about the critical work they contribute to teaching and learning.....

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