Today we had a fantastic PD day with the Secondary TLs, Anita and Carol Kochelin:)
Carol was actually the instructor for my Librarianship AQ courses so it is always nice to touch base with her and catch up. As a huge plus, she always brings with her the expertise and enthusiasm for all things learning and libraries:)
We spent a lot of time looking at Learning Commons (LC) and Knowledge Building Centres (KBC). Carol and Anita had created a WRDSB Teacher Librarians’ KBC for us to work with during our PD Session.
For those not familar with KBCs, here’s a link that explains how Knowledge-Building Centres work.
Our discussions and work centred around the idea that “Creativity is not so much a skill to be taught but an approach to learning that blossoms with opportunity”. We also spent a great deal of time talking about how a Learning Commons can support collaborative learning as it can expand the learning experience into the virtual world- learning can happen 24/7. Really does fit nicely with what we are trying to do with our iPad deployment- learning is mobile.
It was a great day!