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What to do with Water Beads - The Artful Parent. New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments. The Importance of Classroom Design Why does the physical design of classrooms matter?

New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments

Mark Phillips discusses this question in "A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms" and offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning. Modern Learning Spaces - What took so long? There has been a lot more talk about innovating the way we set up our learning spaces.

Modern Learning Spaces - What took so long?

Although I agree that the design of learning spaces has an impact on learning, I wonder why it has taken so long for this subject to get the attention it deserves. The arrangement of most classrooms I go into are still the traditional and outdated rows of desk or clusters of desk arranged into groups of four. 7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have.

There are many elements to consider as you plan for the next school year.

7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have

You always review critical pieces like standards, curriculum, instructional activities, and testing, but you also think about the classroom space and how to arrange desks, set up bulletin boards, and organize materials. You can bring these seemingly disconnected components together in a system of seven learning zones. The discovery, news, supplies, community, quiet, teacher, and subject area zones will help you establish routines, save time, and maintain your sanity from the first through the last days of school. 1. Discovery Zone. Designed%20for%20learning%20school%20libraries%20information%20sheets_0.pdf. Designed for Learning: School Libraries. Library learners - at the Centered School Library.

School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian. Library to Learning Commons - Google Slides. Metis Innovations. Welcome to the site for Metis: Library Classification for Children Metis puts children first.

Metis Innovations

Metis is a flexible, intuitive and child-friendly system of library categorization. It uses whole language, visual cues, and logic that reflects children's own experiences. It puts the child in the center of his or her own search. Our decision to create Metis is a result of our progressive approach to education and the library. We have named the system in honor of the crafty Titan who is the mother of Athena and the eternal source of good advice for Zeus.

Take a look at our blog, Musings on Metis, to read and comment on the issues. Find our blog at Email us at iwantmetis at We are four librarians who worked together some years ago as a creative team at Ethical Culture School in New York City. Over the spring and summer of 2011 we devised an alternative to the Dewey Decimal System; Metis is our new Categorization system designed from the child's perspective. This is how librarians can lead the digital transformation. By Mary Reiman May 4th, 2015 Despite being pressed for time and resources, librarians can serve as change agents in their schools’ digital transformation Recently, as I was serving on a panel at the Texas Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference, one attendee explained to us how she is trying to keep up with the new technologies coming into her school.

This is how librarians can lead the digital transformation

How, she asked, could she implement them successfully while continuing to provide the same services for which her library is known? It’s not an easy question to answer, but it’s one that the panel—part of Follett’s Project Connect, which is aimed at shedding light on how librarians can be a solution to the many challenges that arise from a digital transformation—was well-poised to answer. Based on my experiences as director of library media services for Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools, I was able to come up with two suggestions. First, pace yourself and determine what is coming off your plate. 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

Learning Commons. Learningcommons. Makerspaces METC 2015 - Google Slides. Edutopia. Libraries have existed since approximately 2600 BCE as an archive of recorded knowledge.


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. Five-Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library. Toward a Learning Commons.

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? Take it from me, a longtime designer of school libraries, it’s not easy. Things are looking up at P.S. 189, in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, where a flock of books (fabricated from sheet metal) soars beneath a digitally printed sky, turning florescent light fixtures into inspiring works of art. The libraries shown in this article are located in some of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods, and were created as part of an initiative by the Robin Hood Foundation-a leader in school library design-and the New York City Department of Education. I’ve discovered that the things I used to labor over just five year ago don’t seem as important anymore. 1.

SL2LLC_ReviewingCopy. The Learning Commons Mindset. February 12, 2015 by cultureofyes Students at West Bay Elementary School I walk into almost all of our schools in West Vancouver and very often the first thing people want to show me or talk to me about is the changes happening around the library.

The Learning Commons Mindset

Or more specifically, schools are taking great pride in their learning commons spaces that are developing. While the physical spaces are exciting, the changes to our mindsets are far more powerful. We are not destined for new schools in West Vancouver anytime soon but the rethink of the library has been both a symbolic and concrete shift in how we think about space and how we think about learning.