This guide is your gateway to resources for you and your classroom. Here you will find lesson plans, handouts, videos, blogs, and much much more. There are resources for both elementary and secondary teachers that focus on collaborative inquiry, problem based learning, and information literacy.
Education in the 21st century is undergoing a transformational shift. Globalization and rapid advances in technology require educators to re-imagine the model, method and resources that are deployed to educate our students for an unknown future and an uncertain occupational landscape. In July 2012, the Eastern Ontario Training Board identified ten skills for future jobs: sense-making; social intelligence; novel & adaptive thinking; cross-cultural competency; data analysis thinking; social media literacy; cross disciplinary; cognitive load management; and, virtual collaboration. (download the full report below).
In response to this new challenge for education, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills developed the Framework for 21st Century Learning, "...a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes(a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century." For detailed descriptions of the elements in both student outcome and learning supports, and links to additional information, please visit the Framework website.
Your Learning Commons Informationist (LCI) plays a key role in the development of information literacy and research skills. In collaboration with classroom teachers, LCI's provide students with:
Are you interested in sharing your work on the VLC? Send your files (video, audio, text) and links to: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your school Learning Commons Informationist (LCI).