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Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team. ISTE Webinar 3/9/16 - Google Slides. Slides%2021%20ideas%20for%2021st%20C%20libraries%20compressed. Creating 21st Century School Libraries - SmithfilesSmith Files. What Do Students Want in a 21st Century School Library?

Creating 21st Century School Libraries - SmithfilesSmith Files

Here’s a sure fire way to put students to sleep. Have them take turns reading dictionary definitions for “library.” Case in point, Merriam-Webster says “a place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow.” While respectable, it’s not exactly the stuff that gets today’s techno and social savvy K-12 students revved to learn.

Thankfully, design trends for 21st Century classrooms – and school libraries in particular – have moved away from such simplistic definitions. Know Your Audience Before you dive into student focus groups or school surveys, get a good sense of what questions to ask. For example, Pew Research Center’s “Teens and Technology 2013” report offers golden insight into how that demographic is accessing information. Convey How Important Student Input Is Once you’ve done your research, let your questions reflect it.

Finally, Ask Students! SL2LLC. Learning Commons Document Review. Year of the Learning Commons. Learning Commons: the Center of Participatory Learning and School Improvement Continuing their long service to children, teens and teacher, teacher librarians are developing new ways to not only support the consumption of knowledge through great collections in many formats but are encouraging everyone to create knowledge in the new world of information, technology, and the challenges of school improvement.

Year of the Learning Commons

Major changes to traditional school libraries include the reinvention of physical space that meets the needs seeking a physical space that adapts to what they need at any given time. There is space for individuals, small groups and large groups who are using resources, making, building, creating, doing, and enjoying a very busy space that welcomes the use of many forms of technological devices. Divine Design: How to create the 21st-century school library of your dreams. Things are changing.

Divine Design: How to create the 21st-century school library of your dreams

For starters, ebooks, apps, and the web are now a part of your students’ daily lives. So how do you determine the best way to turn your library space into a learning center that’s right for today’s rapidly changing digital world? Learning Commons. Internet Catalogue. Internet Catalogue. Library Commons reminds me of what I did in my Early Morning Library Program that I used in the 1990's for the students in my school.

Internet Catalogue

Early Morning Library Program The busiest time of my day was my Early Morning Library Program. It attracted an unbelievable number of students. During this time they were able to borrow or return books, read books & magazines (another “no no” to many other librarians were the video game and popular entertainment magazines I ordered. It was hard to keep those magazines in the library. I also organized peer help for those students struggling with their homework assignments. It was a good time for the students to work on school projects and reports. I had all the computers used during this time. Middle School / High School Learning Station Resources at I4C.

Learningcommons. Toward a Learning Commons. School Library Monthly/Volume XXVIII, Number 1/September-October Toward a Learning Commons by Pamela Harland Pamela C.

Toward a Learning Commons

Harland is currently the librarian at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston (NH). 21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons. Libraries have existed since approximately 2600 BCE as an archive of recorded knowledge.

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

From tablets and scrolls to bound books, they have cataloged resources and served as a locus of knowledge. Today, with the digitization of content and the ubiquity of the internet, information is no longer confined to printed materials accessible only in a single, physical location. Consider this: Project Gutenberg and its affiliates make over 100,000 public domain works available digitally, and Google has scanned over 30 million books through its library project.

Libraries are reinventing themselves as content becomes more accessible online and their role becomes less about housing tomes and more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge. Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts has been in the vanguard of this transition since 2009, when it announced its plans for a "bookless" library. Demco.com -  Product Block Detail. I bought 4 of these chairs last year for a round table located in a small alcove: I wanted something interesting that would push all the way under the table.

Demco.com -  Product Block Detail

Well, I had a noticeable increase in traffic, especially from my middle schoolers (N-8 school) who generally were not in the habit of hanging out in the library. I cannot tell you how many kids have asked where they can get chairs like this for their homes. The fact that kids can fidget on these and have to use some energy to stay in place is a big plus, they're great for kids who need motion to focus. My problems have stemmed from not having enough of them to go around when a group comes in to do work, and the occasional troublemaker who has more fun bouncing on them than making an effort to do whatever he's there to do. A quick librarian glare is usually enough to squelch them, although i do sometimes have to warn kids that if they don't know how to sit on them, they'll have to find a different seat. Learning Commons: The School Library of the Future.

In this Demco-sponsored webcast, Janet Nelson, Demco’s Director of Library Engagement, and Angie Schoeneck, Demco’s Manager of New Business Development, explore how the future of the school library is in creating a dynamic learning commons, anchoring the entire school around knowledge, expression and collaboration, and developing both virtual and physical spaces.

Learning Commons: The School Library of the Future

Current trends in education require school libraries to evolve from book warehouses to multifunctional learning resource centers in order to support these needs. Throughout the presentation, you will develop an understanding of how furniture and spaces can be designed to create a variety of zones to support multiple learning activities and the needs of the students, staff, parents and the community. Library_Zones_Brochure. School-Library-Fundraising-and-Grant-Resources.pdf. Free Library and Education Grants Search - Ideas & Inspiration from Demco. Home - Ideas & Inspiration from Demco. Webinar-The-Future-of-K-12-Libraries-Slides. Sioux Center Middle and High School, IA - Demco Interiors.