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The Virtual Learning Commons

For two semesters, my graduate students have been developing the virtual learning commons both collaboratively in small groups and individually for their own school if they were employed. It is now to build upon that expertise in a year-long developmental project. The Virtual Learning Commons replaces the library web page which has always been a one-way form of communication between librarians and their patrons. The Virtual Learning Commons aims to create a giant school-wide conversation where students, classroom teachers, teacher librarians, teacher technologists, administrators, other school specialists, and parents are creating and constructing a giant informaiton space, work space, and museum. My graduate students will be participating in this year-long development project but others around the U.S. and the rest of the English-speaking world are welcome to experiment and create with us. This project will be done at: and readers of this blog can find there the link to the virtual learning commons construction page. Add your name to those interested in participating. We hope to develop a vaiety of templates that folks can pull down or duplicate in their own schools. Already, there is a list of various characteristics we would like to develop.

June 6, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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  1. First – thank you SO MUCH for your support for my Portland Public Schools Summer Research Adventure Camp project – we spoke after you came to Maine in the Spring. The kids are awesome, and working hard on their research and projects, having fun and learning a lot from each other. I just want to share with you a few of the projects individual kids are researching:

    The Phenomenon of Deja Vu
    Variations in Processing (also with Vietnamese narrative)
    Capitalism vs Anti-Capitalism
    Qualities of Sustaining Life in Our Solar System (also with Arabic narrative)
    Survival Strategies of Children of the Holocaust
    Effects of Child Abuse on Achievement
    Career Exploration in Medicine (also with Arabic narrative)

    Even more narrowing in progress, and some still too broad, but you can see we have an AWESOME array of higher-order thinking and interdisciplinary work going on.

    My article for Teacher Librarian Magazine (you gave me a September 1 deadline) will include student work, program processes, parent comments, excerpts from kids’ work, and scoring devices. I’ll start taking pictures next week. I’m really proud of this – hope everyone will see what Librarians CAN do!!!

    Cori Modisette

    Comment by coreen0284 | July 19, 2015 | Reply

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