Year of the Learning Commons

The Year of the Learning Commons is an opportunity to celebrate, inform, share, experiment and develop the concept of the Learning Commons as a reinvention of school libraries and computer labs in K-12 education.

It begins in April, 2015 and ends May 2016

While tracked in the periodical Teacher Librarian and announced by David Loertscher and Carol Koechlin, it is really a grass roots initiative everyone pursuing the Learning Commons concept can participate in, sponsor, advertise, promote, and assist others in adopting features of the concept that push the library and computer lab into the heart of teaching in the school.

Here are a few idea of how to participate:
  • Register as a participant by answering the following questionnaire and consulting the results.
  • Write and article, blog, tweet, etc. about the features of your learning commons and promote a conversation.
  • Put up a tour of your learning commons on YouTube.
  • Present at a local, state, or national conference. Announce your presentation in the comments section below.
  • Have your students create presentations for local, state and national audiences.
  • Attend various events that will be announced here.
  • Invite members of your community to tour your learning commons and see what a major difference it has made in your school; if you are still in the planning stage, invite their participation in the conversion.


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