OLA Super Conference 2012

Knowledge-Building Centres

Anita Brooks Kirkland, Consultant, ITS, K-12 Libraries, Waterloo Region DSB
Carol Koechlin, Education Author & Consultant, former Library & Learning Resources Facilitator, Toronto DSB

Construction Zones for Learning
Pre-Conference Workshop

New web tools enable teacher librarians to create collaborative construction zones for designing lessons and units of instruction known as Virtual Knowledge Building Centres. In these “Home Base” sites everyone is thinking, questioning, demonstrating, creating and achieving. During this session we will build criteria for excellent learning experiences in this new learning environment. Participants will explore several templates and examples of Virtual Knowledge Building Centres and begin creating their own VKBCs

Virtual Knowledge Building 

Web 2.0 changes everything about collaborations today. Educators and students can work together on units and projects, in virtual spaces anytime, anywhere on any device. High think learning experiences can be constructed in virtual structures known as Knowledge Building Centres. This is a natural site for collaborations, where everyone is participating, contributing, discussing, creating, thinking, and producing together. Examples and templates will be shared on a workshop KBC for continued exploration and experimentation.

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Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2012