Learning Commons

The Evolution of the School Library

And there is plenty of customer support in the form of teachers, tutors, coaches and information specialists. These two components--engaged, interactive learning with expert support –are the secret to building brains and master learners.

But some of the biggest advantages of a learning commons lie behind the screens of computer monitors, laptops, and tablet screens.

Here, students find the digital nerve centre for the school—the learning commons website. This is where students may have their own safe online presence; have a digital space to store and share their work; gain access to learning modules; collaborate with other students; and check in with teachers.

This digital space also is the hub for school news, events, celebrations, and yearbooks. And this virtual learning space is never closed, so students, teachers, and parents have access 24/7.

Both the digital and physical learning commons spaces are designed to facilitate teacher collaboration as well. Teachers from across the system can collaborate on developing rich learning modules and share best practices.

In the same way no two town squares are the same, no two learning commons are the same. Each is collaboratively developed to meet the specific needs of its learning community.

Learning Commons - School Updates and Priorities

Learning Commons - Transition Flow Chart

Learning Commons - Checklist

Learning Commons - Practice Guide


RVS Example of a Learning Commons: Cooper's Crossing School / Langdon School

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