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  • 1. Fall 2012
  • 2. 2Concept used in museums andlibraries
  • 3. 3What is a commons?Commons? What is aA set of resources maintained in the publicsphere for the use and benefit of everyone (from Imagining a Smithsonian Commons)
  • 4. 4What is a learning commons?A learning commons must, therefore, in some sense be a place where a “set of [learning] resources [is] maintained in the public sphere for the use and benefit of everyone”But what kind of resources?. . . and what kind of place?
  • 5. 5What in the world is a Learning Commons? – “A Learning Commons is a flexible and responsive approach to helping schools focus on learning collaboratively. It expands the learning experience, taking students and educators into virtual spaces beyond the walls of a school.” • Home > Teacher Librarians > What is a Learning Commons
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  • 9. 9What’s so common about it?
  • 10. 10Partnership
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  • 17. 17A related conceptInformation commons – Taking its roots from simpler times when communities shared communal land, the Information Commons is the modern academic equivalent of a common space used for the processes of information gathering and social collaboration. It is where enlightenment meets interaction. Knowledge fosters education. • What is Information Commons? To us, it is Intuitive. 03//22//2011 //Steve Pryor Advertising blog for Paragon school furniture
  • 18. 18Five Benefits of the Information Commons1. The Commons puts students at the center2. The Commons is built with student involvement3. The Commons is a welcoming, useful gathering place4. The Commons makes connections5. The Commons is a relevant, required space on campus – A “Commons” Experience: Five Benefits of the Information Commons Submitted by Michael Stephens on November 17, 2008
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  • 20. 20An expanded conceptThe School Learning Commons Knowledge Building Center – What is a Knowledge Building Center? • A knowledge building center is an online presence of a particular learning experience that accomplishes a number of things that a simple online directive assignment does not usually do.
  • 21. 21A clearer definitionWhat is a Knowledge Building Center? – A Knowledge Building Center is a virtual and collaborative space where professors, teacher librarians, learning leaders, teacher technologists or other specialists are coaching learners in a project, problem, learning experience, learning community, etc. They can be used with face to face instruction, blended learning, or totally online learning. • Knowledge Building Centers Learning Commons Calgary 2012 • Template is at:
  • 22. 22Knowledge comes to playPlay as a motivator for learning – Creating an educational system that will cultivate life-long learners calls for a novel approach. Reaching into the roots of human evolution, play--the historic medium of learning-- emerges as a good fit in a world in constant flux. – The learning commons provides an environment for activities that develop student intelligence. Through playful instructional design, learning commons promote inquiry and information seeking through which students’ inner resources are revealed and developed. In these ways and more, the learning commons is a playground for the mind where students discover and develop a love of learning that can last a lifetime. • CROW, S., & ROBINS, J. (2012). Play in the Library. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 36-43.
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  • 24. 24A book by Loertscher, et al.The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win! – Loertscher, Koechlin, and Zwaan team up in this book to rethink everything about the function and role of school libraries and computer labs. It is often a case of 180 degree reconsideration. What does this mean? The profession has been on a command and control model: If we build it, they will come. – The turn-around suggested is to think about and construct a client- side organization built around the idea that: If THEY build it, THEY will use it. [Text from blurb for 1st edition] • David V. Loertscher, Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan; ISBN: 978-1-933170-67-1; Hi Willow Research and Publishing; 2011
  • 25. Collaboration is the key!