Welcome to the Pine Grove Learning Commons page!
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(As a famous spider once said -Charlotte’s Webb).
My name is Jocelyn Pettitt and I am proud to be working as École Pine Grove Middle School’s Librarian. Our school library is a happening place for many students and functions as a place to study, write exams, read, learn or play games. This year, we have undergone some physical changes in our school library as we work towards a Learning Commons place for our school. What is a Learning Commons? According to the Alberta Education website, the simple definition of it is “A learning commons is an inclusive, flexible, learner-centered, physical or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and play.” (Please see link included below.)
The Learning Commons Policy according to Alberta Education: “To support students in attaining the goals and standards as stated in the Ministerial Order on Student Learning school authorities and ensure that students have access to a learning commons.”
As we work towards this transformation, I would like to embrace and implement some methodologies of the Learning Commons. Some key elements include Student Centered Learning, Flexible spaces, Connectivity, Higher Order of Thinking, Participatory Learning, Collaboration, Showcased Learning, and Student Engagement.
Our school Library is proud of its collection which is continually developing and changing according to student’s needs. However, having access to materials 24/7 is no longer impossible with the digital resources available today. The Edson Public Library provides free library cards to all students. With an active Public Library account, students have access to thousands of digital materials available at all times with Internet access. What if you do not have internet? Our school has WiFi available for student use. Digital materials can be downloaded onto devises and used when needed without internet access. Apps such as “OverDrive” and “Hoopla” are available free of charge. And I have provided a link below explaining just how to use these apps.
I look forward to working with all our students this school year.
The video below will explain two great apps, "Overdrive" and "Hoopla", which give you access to books and so much more!