Building the Learning Commons
We are getting very excited about developing our library into a Learning Commons. Yesterday the carpenter came to talk about the changes we would like to make in how the room is organized. We are moving shelves and creating more open space. The first of our ‘comfy cubes’ have arrived. These can be used for sitting on or as little tables. They are lightweight and flexible so we can move them around however we need them.
The iPad cart has arrived and so have the really smart purple iPad covers. We noticed that the covers came with a lot of packaging so we recycled as much as we could. The little boxes are being used in the Grade One class for sorting trays, the card sleeves will be cut and made into little bird decorations for our library theme and the plastic covers were made into virtual iPads for our virtual students on Meet the Teacher evening.
The most exciting thing that has been happening is a gradual change in the way we are thinking during our library classes. As we move through a lesson we keep thinking of ways that we might incorporate the iPads to enhance our learning. We are getting ideas for further developing our projects and thinking of meaningful ways of sharing our thinking.