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Low Tech, High Gains: Starting a Maker Program Is Easier Than You Think – The Digital Shift

Has the maker movement taken hold in your library yet? Starting a maker space is easier—and less costly—than you may think. Technologies such as robotics, digital video production, computer coding, and 3-D printing may garner the most attention, but traditional activities instill the same spirit of invention, collaboration, and critical thinking of the maker phenomenon.

Source: www.thedigitalshift.com

Some good ideas here – like how maker spaces are described. Encourages strategies for starting within your budget.

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Alberta Education – Learning Commons/School Libraries

Learning Commons Policy (2014):

To support students in attaining the goals and standards as stated in the Ministerial Order on Student Learning, school authorities must ensure that students have access to a learning commons. A learning commons is an inclusive, flexible, learner-centred, physical and/or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, and imagination and play to expand and deepen learning.

Guidelines:  Learning Commons Guidelines 

Source: education.alberta.ca

Wonderful to have the Alberta School Learning Commons Policy released!  It has been a long process and we are thankful that it is now policy.  See the policy statement and link to the Guidelines.  This is presented on page 21 and 69 of Alberta Education’s 2014/2015 Guide to Education.   


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Leading Learning

Standards of Practice for School Libraries in Canada from the Voices for School Libraries Network of the Canadian Library Association

Source: clatoolbox.ca

At long last!!  The publication of the new Canadian National Standards for School Libraries!  It was amazing to be part of the focus group and process.  So thrilled! Thank you to CLA and VOICES for School Libraries Network.