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Library to learning commons ocsb


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This presentation highlights the transition from libraries to learning commons in the Ottawa Catholic School Board as part of our 21st Century Learning priority.

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Library to learning commons ocsb

  1. 1. Library to Learning CommonsTransitioning for 21st Century Learning T. D’Amico
  2. 2. What 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. A Learning Commons is a vibrant, whole-school approach, presenting exciting opportunities for collaboration among teachers, teacher- librarians and students. Within a Learning Commons, new relationships are formed between learners, new technologies are realized and utilized, and both students and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways to learn. And best of all, as a space traditionally and naturally designed to facilitate people working together, a school’s library provides the natural dynamics for developing a Learning Commons.” (pg. 3)Together for Learning - School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning CommonsA V I S I O N F O R T H E 2 1 S T C E N T U R Y (Ontario Library Association, 2010)
  3. 3. Library to Learning CommonsAs one enters the Learning Commons, the first impressiondiffers greatly from that of a traditional library or computer lab. Immediately we notice flexible learning space where neither computers nor books get in the way… …the buzz in the air is both purposeful and casual and it is a mix of learners both adult and student engaged in a wide variety of activities. Loertscher, David V., Carol Koechlin, and Sandi Zwaan.The new learning commons where learners win!: reinventing school libraries and computer labs. Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow Research & Publishing ;, 2008. Print.
  4. 4. Changing Environments Library Perceptions Learning Commons• A quiet place for independent study • A place for “doing” and learning• A place with lots of “rules” • An active place for social gathering• A place to store books • A place to find and access technology• A place with outdated reference books • A place to read current materials• A place with resources locked up • A place to explore and collaborate• A place “owned” by the library staff • A physical and a virtual 24/7 place• A place where books and computers • A place that is the “hub” of the school get in the way • A place that is owned by all staff/students • A place with flexible and comfortable furniture • A place with access to current digital resources in addition to books You won’t find this approach in our schools
  5. 5. We’re Changing Wireless environment Some quiet/study areas Shelving and books out of the way Power outlets throughout 24/7 Digital resources Remove outdated resources SmartBoard for student use Current technology Collaboration spacesInviting and comfortable
  6. 6. Learning CommonsChanging for Today’s Learners Implementation 2011-2014 Books & Technology & Engagement = Learning