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Learning Landscapes Seminar. The Knowledge Building Center: A Foundational Element of the Virtual Learning Commons David V. Loertscher Professor, San Jose State University [email protected] School Libraries and Computer Labs: Transform into a Learning Commons. The Major Switch.

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Learning Landscapes Seminar

The Knowledge Building Center:

A Foundational Element of the Virtual Learning Commons

David V. Loertscher

Professor,

San Jose State University

[email protected]


School Libraries and Computer Labs: Transform into a Learning Commons


The Major Switch


Virtual Learning Commons

  • A giant conversation

  • A collaborative workspace

  • A place of experimentation

  • Knowledge Building Centers as its foundational elements


KBC Characteristic: Easy to Build and Use

  • Google Sites; Moodle; Wiki; Blog; Google Aps Education


KBC Characteristic: Collaborative Inquiry

  • Everyone working, building, contributing, developing, solving…

  • Classroom teachers, students, teacher librarians, teacher technologists, other specialists, experts, parents


KBC Characteristic: Personal Expertise and Collaborative Intelligence


KBC Characteristic: 21st Century Skills Drive Content Understanding


KBC Characteristic: Specialists at the Center of Teaching and Learning


KBC Uses

  • Single-class explorations

  • Cross-class inquiry

  • Cross-district, community, state, world inquiry

  • School projects/initiatives

  • Professional development

  • Professional learning communities


Kamiliah Jackson’s VLCDocumented Evidence

Loertscher and Koechlin 2009


The Parade of KBCs

Loertscher and Koechlin 2009


Marzano’siObservation Model

Marzano, Robert, Peggy Schooling, Michael Toth/

Creating an Aligned System to Develop

Great Teachers Within the Federal Race to

The Top Initiative

Solution Tree, 2010

(Based on Marzano’sThe Art and Science

of Teaching)


Sound Instructional Design

  • UBD (Wiggins and McTighe)

  • Think Models (Loertscher/Koechlin/Zwaan)

  • The best technologies that boost learning

  • Co-Teaching by classroom teachers, teacher technologists, teacher librarians, and other specialists.


End with:The Big Think

  • Why?

  • What it is.

    • Activity 1: What I know; What we know about content

    • Activity 2: How I learned this; How we learned this

    • Conclusion: So what? What’s Next?

    • Activity 3 (with adults) What they learned; How they learned it. So what? What’s next?

  • Help: Nin strategies for Big Think Activities from: Loertscher/Koechlin/Zwaan. The Big Think (LMCsource.com)

  • Important: Have administrators participate!


Who is Assessing?


What’s Ahead?Make Connections

  • State / Provincial / National Documents and Initiatives:

    • Ontario and Alberta documents

    • Common Core Standards: U.S. National Governor’s Conference

    • State initiatives such as Ohio’s Learning Commons


More Connections:

  • Tune to great ideas through great professional books:

    • Will Richardson’s 3rd ed. of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Corwin Press, 2010

    • Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel’s21st century Skills: Learning for Life in our Times. Josey Bass, 2009

    • Robert Marzano, ed. On Excellence in Teaching. Solution Tree, 2009.

    • Alan November’s Empowering Students with Technology. Corwin, 2009


Even More Connections

  • Create your own personal learning network

    • Joyce Valenza’s blog and ning

    • David Warlick’s blog

    • The Blue Skunk blog by Doug Johnson

    • ISTE Sig Webinars

    • Free Technology for Teachers – Richard Byrne

    • Schoollearningcommons.pbworks.com


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