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Presentation to OLA Superconference 2011. Development towards a Learning Commons

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  1. 1. The Learning Commons: Beginning the Journey OLA Superconference 2011 Sharon Seslija Martha Martin Greater Essex County DSB
  2. 3. What do we mean: "Learning Commons?"  
  3. 4. A District Description <ul><ul><li>60 elementary schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7 almost full or full time TLs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>22 half-time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>33 less than half-time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14 secondary schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12 full time TLs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 halftime TLs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 5. Elementary TLs <ul><ul><li>14/60 qualified with AQ Librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17/60 are VPs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>none of the VPs have TL qualifications </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Secondary <ul><ul><li>12 have AQ qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 are LTOs with no Librarianship AQ </li></ul></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  8. 10. $$$$$ What will it cost????? Almost Free Minimal Cost Moderate Cost Complete Makeover
  9. 11. Almost Free <ul><li>Weeding </li></ul><ul><li>Integrations of wikis and blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud computing </li></ul><ul><li>Student Focus Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration between school specialists </li></ul>
  10. 12. Minimal Cost <ul><li>Shelving removed </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Commons development </li></ul><ul><li>Book purchases </li></ul><ul><li>First Class conference </li></ul><ul><li>Key administrators to Superconference </li></ul>
  11. 13. Moderate Cost <ul><li>Investment in bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Students are encouraged to bring personal computers that access school network </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable areas for reading </li></ul>
  12. 14. Complete Makeover <ul><li>Wireless networking throughout all schools </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in professional staff </li></ul><ul><li>Investment in Microsoft Sharepoint to create cloud computing </li></ul>
  13. 15. Weeding and Shelf Removal
  14. 16. Student Focus Group <ul><li>More books (current fiction, non-fiction and periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Coloured printer </li></ul><ul><li>Lamps, rugs </li></ul><ul><li>Food and drink </li></ul><ul><li>Small higher tables (café style) </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting and seminar spaces </li></ul><ul><li>More electrical outlets to charge computing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Audio and eBooks </li></ul><ul><li>eReaders </li></ul><ul><li>Extended hours </li></ul><ul><li>Glue, scissors, staplers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Faster computers </li></ul>
  15. 17. Grade 7 PLE
  16. 18. Web 2.0 Collaborative Tools
  17. 19. Say Something
  18. 20. Collaboration of School Specialists <ul><li>TL/CIESC dual role </li></ul><ul><li>TL and Instructional Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>TL/SERRS dual role </li></ul><ul><li>TL/VP dual role </li></ul>
  19. 21. TL Instructional Coaches <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Year One : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who: four coaches for half the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role: to support elementary school TLs in various areas.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus: advocacy and facility management with collection development taking over due to two Ministry money drops.    </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Year Two : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who: four coaches half the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role: to support elementary and secondary school TLs in various areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus: elementary TL supports for program and secondary facility management. Including the development of Java Client training and manual for Symphony </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  20. 22. TL Instructional Coaches continued: <ul><li>Year Three </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 coaches for the full year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role: to assist focus elementary schools. Principals indicated that they wished to have concentrated support by the Library IC.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus: TL support of SIP, movement towards collaborative teaching periods and TL support of school PLCs.  Also provide support to collaborative inquiry teams. </li></ul></ul>
  21. 23. TL Collaborative Inquiry Projects
  22. 24. Professional Learning for Administrators <ul><li>9 secondary and elementary administrators to Superconference Friday </li></ul><ul><li>Free conference admission </li></ul><ul><li>Superintendent paid for travel and accommodation </li></ul>
  23. 25. Virtual Commons: Board <ul><li>Redesign of the Student Reference Portal </li></ul><ul><li>Sharepoint – Enterprise Portal </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Computing </li></ul><ul><li>gecdsbtlresource wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Forest wiki </li></ul><ul><li>NTIP wiki </li></ul><ul><li>SPM wiki </li></ul><ul><li>HPE Planning wiki </li></ul>
  24. 26. Virtual Commons: School
  25. 27. Learning Commons as Collaboration Central <ul><li>Smart Notebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Projects using web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Both virtual and in the physical commons </li></ul>
  26. 28. Experimental Learning Centre <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  27. 29. In summary..... <ul><ul><li>Multiple entry points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One step at a time </li></ul></ul>
  28. 30. Big Think: What will it cost????? Almost Free Minimal Cost Moderate Cost Complete Makeover
  29. 31. To End….. http://www.rim.com/newsroom/mediagallery/index.shtml

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