Learning Commons to Education Commons

I have been a Teacher-Librarian for approximately 8 of the last 14 years, and I also teach AQ courses in Librarianship. I am very passionate about the philosophy behind the Learning Commons. That is why this year, when I decided to move back into the classroom, I wanted to transfer the Learning Commons philosophy over... Continue Reading →

Is Curriculum a Living Organism, or a Fixed Machine?

Is Curriculum a Living Organism, or a Fixed Machine? The world is changing rapidly. Just think about how we have moved from an Industrial revolution, to a knowledge economy that requires new skill sets. Knowledge is being built and re-built and changed on a daily basis. Facts can be looked up on the internet. Therefore,... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Steps to a 21st Century Learning Commons

There are important elements that need to be considered when trying to create a 21st Century Learning Commons. Learning Commons in 2014 truly need to be spaces that promote both physical and virtual senses of Safety, Inclusiveness, and Equity. Regardless of your situation, Safety, Inclusiveness, and Equity need to be at the forefront of your planning. We... Continue Reading →

Information Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom

      Information literacy skills are of paramount importance in the 21st Century. Information Literacy is an all encompassing term that includes traditional reading, writing, oral communication, digital literacy, media literacy, digital citizenship and higher order thinking skills. Higher order thinking skills includes critical thinking, and are are necessary for all curriculum areas and... Continue Reading →

Cultivating Knowledge in Virtual Spaces

  There are vast amounts of 'blank' spaces in our virtual worlds. The empty virtual spaces will eventually be filled with knowledge. But who's knowledge will have the privilege of being promoted?  I believe that this is an issue that we need to be concerned about particularly in light of current events in the issue... Continue Reading →

Questions for Knowledge, Development and Learning

  Knowledge is not a fixed entity. It is fluid and ever-changing. With that in mind, it is beneficial as educators to get into the habit of asking fundamental questions about knowledge. For instance, What is knowledge? How is knowledge produced? What knowledge do I have, and why is it different than someone else’s? Who... Continue Reading →

Facilitating a Digital Publishing Program in my new Education Commons Role

  Last year started out as an exciting year, where I had the opportunity to launch a Student Publishing Program in our Library. Inspired by the SAMR and Technology Integration Matrix, and the TPACK models, I decided to design a Digital Publishing Program. As I continue with this initiative in this new school year, I... Continue Reading →

8 Considerations when Creating a 21st Century Learning Commons

There are important elements that need to be considered when trying to create a 21st Century Library Space. Libraries of the 21st Century truly need to be spaces that promote both physical and virtual senses of Safety, Inclusiveness, and Equity. Regardless of your situation, Safety, Inclusiveness, and Equity need to be at the forefront of... Continue Reading →

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