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1 Ideally, A Virtual Learning Commons should be an active and dynamic extension of the Physical Learning Commons. Question: What does/should this mean? http://www.flickr.com/photos/33852688@N08/4384473087/in/photolist-7Frz6z-9BWgJ2-9zajEj Chris Costes

2 A VLC is: an active, interactive, dynamic, and collaborative learning space an “instead of” or a replacement for a physical learning commons http://bit.ly/1lEmALK http://bit.ly/1dux6ex Ged Carroll

3 http://bit.ly/NaWAIZ Unfortunate Bystander Unfortunately and all too often …this is what kind of extension it ends up becoming. Why??? What needs to change?

4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/8436966772/http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/8436966772/ William Ferriiter

5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/9223386478/ Goals of a (Virtual) Learning Commons Innovation Collaboration Exploration Critical Thinking Digital Literacy Multiple Literacies Social versus Single Direction information

6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/5048309420/ William Ferriter

7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/8612735435/

8 http://bit.ly/1g81D6q 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

9 http://keelercommons.weebly.com/imovie.html#/

10 Collaborative reading centers and initiatives in support of school improvement and literacy goals http://bit.ly/1lMQ61Z Mark Hillary

11 Mission High School VLC http://bit.ly/1jmLTQT Users post for others to view

12 The center of school culture (showcase) The virtual school yearbook Collaborative construction of all kinds of lists, projects, etc. http://bit.ly/1m0u8ZB kjarrett

13 Professional development in the VLC http://keelercommons.weebly.com/professional-development.html

14 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)

15 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.)

16 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

17 Connections beyond the school to the community and on into the world Connections to experts of all kinds School-wide projects (inquiry) http://bit.ly/1aTIFRO Mishel Chirken

18 https://sites.google.com/site/stampedegrade4socialstudies/ The center of the curriculum and teacher's learning activities and programs; courses, etc.

19 Items adapted from: http://www.schoollearningcommons.info/the-virtual-learning-commonshttp://www.schoollearningcommons.info/the-virtual-learning-commons Use of Collaborative tools and shared cloud computing e.g. Google Apps for Education Drive Google Sites Forms, Calendar, Groups Spreadsheets, etc.

20 Can you think of other items/ideas/sections that would suit a VLC in your setting? http://bit.ly/1kxOqbe Andy Mangold

21 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

22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/5068209553/ William Ferriter

23 Digital and Information Literacy Digital Citizenship Research Skills Literacy & Numeracy Competencies http://bit.ly/1buOlwH Doug Belshaw Necessary Skills…

24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/8612729409/in/photostream/

25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/5696272136/ William Ferriter

26 Digital Curation i.e. Scoop.it! or Pinterest

27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/9207086067/in/photostream/

28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/plugusin/11410157813/

29 Discuss…. Ponder… What can you do next? What are you already doing? What needs tweaking? First steps? http://bit.ly/1iAq5xG lovelorn poet

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31 Resources Presented by: Erin Hansen & Dan Tinaburri Twitter: @hansenep @geekteacher Resource Website: http://uncommonlearningcommons.weebly.com/ Most ideas presented are in alignment with/adapted from Loertscher, Koechlin, Zwaan & Rosenfeld: http://www.schoollearningcommons.info http://www.schoollearningcommons.info/the-virtual-learning-commonshttp://www.schoollearningcommons.info http://www.schoollearningcommons.info/the-virtual-learning-commons and Gino Bondi, VSB District Principal of Specialty Programs http://learningthenow.com/blog/?p=2222 http://learningthenow.com/blog/?p=2222


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