Super Conference Reflections: Knowledge-Building Centres

Third in a series of reflections on my Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2012 experience.

I have presented at Super Conference many times over the years, and many times with Carol Koechlin, whom I count as a mentor. Carol is an expert in instructional design for inquiry. Working with Dr. David Loertscher, she has adapted instructional models into the online environment, where students, teachers, experts and an unlimited network of learners can interact.

Carol has created a template in Google Sites for an online space that is framed on the Inquiry model in Together for Learning. I have tag-teamed with her on several occasions in workshopping the template, including in a pre-conference workshop and conference session at this year’s Super Conference.

The slide show is embedded in our presentation Google site, which has all sorts of resources for learning about Knowledge-Building Centres.

It is most gratifying to see educators enthused and engaged in the possibilities of this model. In fact there are several KBC projects going on in secondary schools in my district. I’ll be reporting on their progress later in the term!

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