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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 Reader.david@gmail.com. School Libraries and Computer Labs: Transform into a Learning Commons. The Major Switch.

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learning landscapes seminar

Learning Landscapes Seminar

The Knowledge Building Center:

A Foundational Element of the Virtual Learning Commons

David V. Loertscher


San Jose State University


virtual learning commons
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
KBC Characteristic: Easy to Build and Use
  • Google Sites; Moodle; Wiki; Blog; Google Aps Education
kbc characteristic collaborative inquiry
KBC Characteristic: Collaborative Inquiry
  • Everyone working, building, contributing, developing, solving…
  • Classroom teachers, students, teacher librarians, teacher technologists, other specialists, experts, parents
kbc uses
KBC Uses
  • Single-class explorations
  • Cross-class inquiry
  • Cross-district, community, state, world inquiry
  • School projects/initiatives
  • Professional development
  • Professional learning communities
the parade of kbcs
The Parade of KBCs

Loertscher and Koechlin 2009

marzano s iobservation model
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
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
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!
what s ahead make connections
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
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
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