I have spent the last three days (plus one more day tomorrow) at a Conference co-sponsored by our district on Innovative Learning Environments. I am energized and recharged. The common threads from this conference on 21st century learning are: student choice for passionate learning, moving beyond standards, individualized learning opportunities. How to do this? Inquiry and projects, student-led learning, collaboration, utilizing 21st century tools to use strengths to enhance their learning. My thought is this; where in the school building can we do this? The media center, of course! But wait, this is 21st century learning, so let's use the 24/7 knowledge building center (online media center, and more!) to create, build upon, and share these learning opportunities. I have found my goal for this year -- to guide my students, staff, and extended learning community to contribute to and own this endeavor.
To forward this goal, I am revamping my library home page (housed on my Destiny webpage), using Google Docs, wikis, Livebinder, flip cameras, and whatever else allows me to engage my students. My physical space has already been revamped as best as can be in a 50 year old building (I like to call it the warm and cozy welcoming sanctuary), and I have just ordered a new $60 document camera (that is not a typo), and a few more tools to encourage these projects.
What next? Think up some content and interest-driven projects and invite teachers to join me.