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School Library to Learning Commons: a transformational journey

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This presentation to International Boys Schools Conference, Cape Town 2015 explores the journey of Mazenod College Library where the student Technology Support Team supports makerspace activities of coding,augmented reality, Kerbal SpaceProgram, and Minecraft coexisting alongside Lego Masters, Chess, Book Club, and peer learning. Not a high-budget renovation, but a renewal focused on behavioural and learning outcomes, and access to quality resources. The traditional model of school library based on information scarcity has evolved into flexible learning spaces that enhance social interaction and cross-disciplinary learning.

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School Library to Learning Commons: a transformational journey

  1. 1. School Library to Learning Commons: a transformational journey Camilla Elliott Head of Library/ eLearning Coordinator Mazenod College, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2. Mazenod College Melbourne, Victoria, Australia × Catholic Boys’ College 1280 students Years 7-12 (Aged12-18 yrs)
  3. 3. Vision .
  4. 4. Traditional Activities • Classes - any • Individual study • Reading classes • Information & digital literacy • Integration of technology • Author visits & reading • Access to resources
  5. 5. Maker Activities Meeting Sharing Discussing Belonging • Gaming – Minecraft • Kerbal Space Program • Augmented Reality – iPads • Lego + Little Bits + Coding • Chess • Book Club
  6. 6. Launching Place ………. for learning • Meeting of like minds • Comfort zone • Place to ‘be yourself’ • Share ideas & interest • Explore with peers COMMUNITY
  7. 7. Who runs Team? Student Tech Team
  8. 8. Budget? • Fixtures, fittings + in-house labour - $83,000 • Donations of Lego • Repurposing of materials • Good will • Ideas • Cooperation
  9. 9. Learning Commons Library as Third Space - • Character is determined by its regular clientele • is marked by a playful mood • contrasts with more serious involvement in other spheres of school
  10. 10. Essential Ingredients • Choice • Support not Direction • Acknowledgement
  11. 11. Continuing Journey • Cloud-based resources • eBooks • Digital repositories • 24/7 access • Client Instruction
  12. 12. Twitter @camillaelliott www.linkingforlearning.com

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