[Participate and share : Poster]
Digital tote resources
Purpose & objective
In 2014 the Wilton Public Schools district supported their technology instructional leaders and library media specialists as they joined an initiative with local schools, "Re-Imagining the School Library into a Learning Commons", hosted by their county's Cooperative Educational Services (CES). For one year, the K-12 team met regularly for professional development in the learning commons model, and to develop a K-12 learning commons curriculum that would bring the school library into the 21st century.
They developed a curriculum that supports whole school learning by focusing on digital citizenship, tech skills, literature appreciation, and communication, collaboration & innovation. The technology instructional leader and library media specialist from the district's K-2 school will be presenting their learning and experiences in transitioning towards a learning commons.
Participants will leave with an understanding of the learning commons model. They will gain access to curriculum and lesson materials to support and inspire changes in their own school library. They will see photographs, videos, and examples of student work. Hands on maker and learning station activities will be shared. They will have an opportunity to discuss strategies, successes, and struggles with the presenters.
This presentation will present curriculum maps, lesson plans, and strategies to help enable and inspire teachers and leaders to transform their traditional library into a 21st century learning commons.
The library learning commons is the hub of the school, a flexible space that supports participatory learning. Themes of our learning commons curriculum include digital citizenship, tech skills, literature appreciation, and communication, collaboration & innovation.
Through electronic media, we will share curriculum and lesson resources to support and inspire this transformation. Photographs and videos documenting the physical changes of the library space will be shared, as well as strategies for making this transformation possible. Student work samples involving educational technology and maker stations will be shared. We will share this information through QR codes at our poster display.
Holland, Beth. "21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons." Edutopia. N.p., 14 Jan. 2015. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.
Loertchester, David, and Carol Koechlin. "Climbing to Excellence: Defining Characteristics of Successful Learning Commons." Knowledge Quest 42.4 (2014): 14-5. Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.
Loertscher, David V., Koechlin Carole, and Zwaan Sandi. The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win!: Reinventing School Libraries and Computer Labs. N.p.: Hi Willow Research & Pub, 2011. Print.