Presentation on theme: "Ideally, A Virtual Learning Commons should be an active and dynamic extension of the Physical Learning Commons. Question: What does/should this mean?"— Presentation transcript:
Ideally, A Virtual Learning Commons should be an active and dynamic extension of the Physical Learning Commons. Question: What does/should this mean? Chris Costes
A VLC is: an active, interactive, dynamic, and collaborative learning space an “instead of” or a replacement for a physical learning commons Ged Carroll
Unfortunate Bystander Unfortunately and all too often …this is what kind of extension it ends up becoming. Why??? What needs to change?
Goals of a (Virtual) Learning Commons Innovation Collaboration Exploration Critical Thinking Digital Literacy Multiple Literacies Social versus Single Direction information
zzpza A place for tools and tutorials including those created by staff and students To Consider when Designing a VLC: Student made video from Western Canada HS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p219FyojYWg&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p219FyojYWg&feature=youtu.be
Collaborative reading centers and initiatives in support of school improvement and literacy goals Mark Hillary
Mission High School VLC Users post for others to view
The center of school culture (showcase) The virtual school yearbook Collaborative construction of all kinds of lists, projects, etc. kjarrett
Professional development in the VLC
Connections to all types of libraries, system resources and community agencies Connection to an OPAC that is collaborative (i.e. CBE Library [Webcat] or CCSD’s Destiny)
Connections to databases and other resources where everyone is helping find and recommend the best LearnAlberta.ca & the Online Reference Centre (ORC) CORE Resources (Video, lessons, activities, games, etc.)
Current events (local, global, school and community based) and an area for commenting / engaging. Consider a news feed, Twitter feeds, school calendars, etc. Activities that draw kids and adults to the VLC and LC and school
Connections beyond the school to the community and on into the world Connections to experts of all kinds School-wide projects (inquiry) Mishel Chirken
https://sites.google.com/site/stampedegrade4socialstudies/ The center of the curriculum and teacher's learning activities and programs; courses, etc.
Items adapted from: Use of Collaborative tools and shared cloud computing e.g. Google Apps for Education Drive Google Sites Forms, Calendar, Groups Spreadsheets, etc.
Can you think of other items/ideas/sections that would suit a VLC in your setting? Andy Mangold
Question – who should be involved in the creation and maintenance of the VLC? Answer – Many people! Avoid bottlenecks and stagnant sites! Decide format as a team and then get individual(s) with know-how to execute design Have more than one person with access for updates Include many spaces where students can post and participate (i.e. forums, wikis, blogs, etc.). Have students create content and take ownership too
Digital and Information Literacy Digital Citizenship Research Skills Literacy & Numeracy Competencies Doug Belshaw Necessary Skills…
Digital Curation i.e. Scoop.it! or Pinterest
Discuss…. Ponder… What can you do next? What are you already doing? What needs tweaking? First steps? lovelorn poet
Resources Presented by: Erin Hansen & Dan Resource Website: Most ideas presented are in alignment with/adapted from Loertscher, Koechlin, Zwaan & Rosenfeld: and Gino Bondi, VSB District Principal of Specialty Programs