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Exploring learning for the future with this whole school approach
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T4L Vision Document

T4L Vision Document | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Shout out to @T4LOntario for its doc that features why? + how? to transform library into learning commons #ptchat http://t.co/qSXsgETc
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Watch this website grow just like a true Learning Commons where everyone is learning from everyone else!

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17 Topics to Teach K-8 About Digital Citizenship

17 Topics to Teach K-8 About Digital Citizenship | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Education has changed. No longer is it contained within four classroom walls or the physical site of a school building. Students aren’t confined by the eight ho

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Good list and supports to help teachers librarians design DC curriculum  for their learning communities

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:55 PM

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Linda Weeks's curator insight, March 6, 2014 7:09 PM

Need to check this list in a positive light.

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Education report to Premier Dalton McGuinty says focus should be on creativity, collaboration

Education report to Premier Dalton McGuinty says focus should be on creativity, collaboration | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The province is looking to move education beyond reading and writing, to focus on “higher order skills” like creativity and collaboration, says a report by the Premier’s special adviser.
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The Learning Commons supports and nurtures all 6Cs called for by the Fullan Report http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/reports/FullanReport_EN_07.pdf

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Robin Jordan's curator insight, January 27, 2013 10:55 PM

With the next generation of adults, collaboration is going to be key. Those who can "think outside the box" (to borrow a tired phrase) and who have the ability to adapt and work with others will be the middle class and upper classes of the future...

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What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Screenshot/High Tech High The term "project-based learning" gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they're learnin (RT @LeytonSchnell: Check out: What Project-Based Learning Is and What It Isn’t
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Students invest if it is real world and you give them some space to explore and find their own learning paths.

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Why Teachers Need Digital Citizenship

Why Teachers Need Digital Citizenship | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
It Has to Begin with Teachers 

There is much conversation lately about the dire necessity to educate our students and teach them appropriate digital citizenship.  Many are giving tips and reso...

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Bottom line from this important post"You can not teach appropriate digital citizenship if you can not model it."

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Getting Fruitful Collaboration Instead of Stale Groupthink | UX ...

Getting Fruitful Collaboration Instead of Stale Groupthink | UX ... | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
No surprise, then, that collaboration sessions are a standard process at any company concerned with building our digital world. Powerful ideas are sparked when people of one focus are exposed to an unfamiliar subject.
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This post helps us to consider the potential of a true collaborative environment that moves beyond cooperative learning.....working together to share personal expertise to build of new knowledge, creativity, innovation and collective intelligence.

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Bringing Passion and Collaboration to Professional Development - T.H.E. Journal

Bringing Passion and Collaboration to Professional Development - T.H.E. Journal | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Bringing Passion and Collaboration to Professional Development
T.H.E. Journal
To do that, educators must move beyond professional development as it is meted out to them, and look to join their peers in meaningful learning focused on collaboration.
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Teachers are encourage to collaboratively research and test out new ideas and track progress to address the needs of their students in the experimental learning center. Everyone is a learner in the Learning Commons.

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Build a positive digital footpring

Build a positive digital footpring | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Building a positive digital footprint is easy.  Just use these four steps to showcase your online presence, stay safe and act ethically in our digital environment.  Be proud and put your best digital foot forward.


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This simple but important message needs to be shared with teachers, students and parents in every school. Teacher librarians should lead this discussion and provide instruction in the Learning Commons.

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This simple but important message needs to be shared with teachers, students and parents in every school. Teacher librarians should lead this discussion and provide instruction in the Learning Commons.

Melissa Cooper's curator insight, January 22, 2013 8:51 AM

An excellent way to launch a digital citizenship unit

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A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud -- THE Journal

A 21st Century Librarian Helps Students See Through the Cloud -- THE Journal | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Today’s librarians have to know things like responsible use policies and how to guide students in the effective use of the internet for research.

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Home | digitalliteracy.gov

Home | digitalliteracy.gov | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Digital Literacy is nurtured in the Learning Commons. Everyone helps to be the best at applying technologies to learn and grow and be productive digital citizens.

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The “Why” Behind A School’s Learning Commons | Learning the Now

The “Why” Behind A School’s Learning Commons | Learning the Now | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
MUST READ: The “Why” Behind A School’s Learning Commons by @gmbondi #bced #cpchat #sd78 http://t.co/0yfT1EX2
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Arlene Bonsma's curator insight, December 20, 2012 12:58 PM

A thought provoking article on the Learning commons.

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Digital Citizenship | Andrew Churches

Digital Citizenship | Andrew Churches | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Global Digital Citizenship is a critical element of any teaching program at any level. Our students are connected. Irrespective of the age of the student, they are wired. We are seeing devices reducing in cost, increasing in availability, and entering most classrooms and almost every school. 

 

But how do we teach Global Digital Citizenship, a fluency that is critical at all levels of education?


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Web tools to support inquiry-based learning | Eduwebinar

Web tools to support inquiry-based learning | Eduwebinar | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Inquiry based learning is an active learning process, based on identifying relevant questions to research so that the student can develop knowledge about or create solutions to issues and problems.

Web tools allow students to engage in collaborative and interactive learning. All phases of inquiry learning can be adequately addressed through a wide variety of web-based tools and applications.


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Karen Bonanno's comment, December 12, 2012 3:20 PM
This page hosts a list of web tools that can be embedded in classroom programs to help students work through the phases of inquiry based learning. The tools can also be used by the teachers to provide an information rich environment for student access.
Carey Leahy's curator insight, January 21, 2013 5:04 PM

Adding 'connectivity' into the learning!

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A list of web tools which can be used during each stage of Kuhlthau's Guided Inquiry model. There is a brief explanation of each tool and a direct link. This resource offers fantastic support for teacher librarian's in their role as integrators of information communication technology tools into inquiry learning. 

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With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning?

With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning? | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
At the Elizabeth Forward High School library in Elizabeth, PA, beanbag chairs have replaced study carrels, computers are everywhere, and instead of a cranky librarian telling kids to be quiet, there's a new music studio.

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The evidence is building!

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:56 PM

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Anne McLean's curator insight, January 30, 2013 6:34 PM

School libraries need to be hip, cool and relevant to the demands of their school communities.  Kids love this modern approach and feel welcome in their school library.

Sue Kowalski's comment, February 23, 2013 11:25 AM
We need to empower ALL to be part of the CURATION that way they are MAKING and ENGAGING not just receiving
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Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy

Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Only a decade and a few years in, how can we fully describe the twenty-first century learner?

Via Jessica Raeside, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Anu Ojaranta, Karen Bonanno
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Teacher Librarians can help design for deeper learning by collaboratively building Knowledge Building Centers with teachers and students https://sites.google.com/site/knowledgebuildingcentres/home

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 22, 2013 12:45 PM

Thanks!

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 23, 2013 6:44 AM

21st century skills as life long learning skills! Literacy isn't anymore just being able to read, write and, count. Deeper learning and higher order thinking skills are what needs to paid attention to. Proper information literacy skills are vital! 

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 24, 2013 5:47 PM

Being literate in today's society requires a different set of skills - a combination that builds on traditional literacy skills.

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Web 2.0 Annotation and Bookmarking Tools: A Quick Guide

Selected 10 annotation and bookmarking tools

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Chanelle Savich's curator insight, January 28, 2013 10:46 PM

Thorough guide with step by step installation instructions as well as information about what differentiates each tool from the others. 

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Web 2.0, Annotation and Bookmarking tools

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Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential

Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
It is time that teachers and administrators realize that public education has reached a dam in the river. We have gone about as far as we can go with isolated instruction and learning. While it may
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The Learning Commons can meet all the requirements for Deep Learning as developed in this post.

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Teacher Librarians at The Heart of Student Learning

School library and information technology programs are a vital resource for student learning. This video to highlight the essential role teacher librarians p... (RT @carinapierce: What do the school library and teacher librarian have to offer?
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Very exciting times for school library Learning Commons....

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HCS Learning Commons News January!!

HCS Learning Commons News January!! | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Hello Everyone, We are very excited to be back in the swing of things and the learning commons in January has tons of awesome literacy tools to share! Beginning towards the end of January 2013 we h...
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The Virtual Learning Commons at work building a learning community.

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Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy | Collaboration | HYBRID PEDAGOGY

Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy | Collaboration | HYBRID PEDAGOGY | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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Helping everyone build and maintain effective personal learning environments is a lead role in the Learning Commons

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12 Skills That Will Help You Thrive in 2013 - Forbes

12 Skills That Will Help You Thrive in 2013 - Forbes | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The year ahead will bring continued uncertainty in the economy, continued shifts and displacements in the job market, and continued angst about where it's all going. But there are skills that are in great demand over the coming year.

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Teacher librarians can lead the way in the learning commons.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 3, 2013 11:39 AM

Some excellent ideas to apply to educational principles, for the new year.

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How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”? | 21 century Learning Commons

How Do We Define and Measure “Deeper Learning”? | 21 century Learning Commons | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Flickr:Saxtourigr In preparing students for the world outside school, what skills are important to learn?
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How Canadians Are Integrating Technology Into The Classroom - Edudemic

How Canadians Are Integrating Technology Into The Classroom - Edudemic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Ever wonder how a particular country uses technology in the classroom? There’s a new infographic that spells out exactly what classrooms in Canada are up to." http://edudemic.com/2012/10/we-inspire-futures/


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Paul's curator insight, December 23, 2012 11:45 AM

interesting, one in ten students have sent out an academic tweet - we relied on this for the OCSB Peace Conference - the students did very well!

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, December 24, 2012 4:22 AM

Mobile devices, web tools and 'always connected' are definitely big items to be considered in the education / classroom / library mix.

 

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Innovation in Education Through Failing

Innovation in Education Through Failing | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

At the recent New York Maker Fair, Seth Godin referred to the value of ‘learning by doing things wrong’…which after all is the way that most of us learn, most of the time? Not just in an academic sense but even more so in physical sports or crafts, cooking or trades we are continually learning by doing things wrong, because…we take risks; we try something out to see if it works; to see if we can do it well…yet how often do we see that practice encouraged within our schools?


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Project-Based Learning Research Review

Project-Based Learning Research Review | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits....and it is a perfect fit with the Learning Commons approach!

 

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