Is this the K-12 library model of the future?
- With the increasing presence of tech in schools, the libraries and media centers of old are quickly giving way to "learning commons."
- A Connecticut magnet, the International School at Dundee, has seen success with the model, transforming what once was a silent library space into a learning hub replete with the sounds of keyboard tapping, guest speakers being questions, students delivering presentations, and 3D printers beeping.
- While books remain integral to a learning commons, the familiar book stacks are no longer as visible, giving way to space for additional commons areas that facilitate collaborative work and a wider variety of activities.
The collaboration taking place in learning commons extends beyond students and teachers to media specialists, who often co-teach classes where students learn valuable 21st Century skills.
The transformation of the traditional school library should come as no surprise to anyone watching the impact digital devices have had on learning. With an increasing number of textbooks going digital, it makes sense that students would also consume literature through the same medium. Additionally, the space provides the perfect place for schools to teach students necessary tech skills or house additional programs, like ISD's International baccalaureate program.
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