ERIC Number: EJ1041598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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The Flexible Learning Lab
Cartier, Leslie C.
Knowledge Quest, v42 n4 p58-63 Mar-Apr 2014
Elementary school libraries are not often thought of as suitable spaces for learning commons because most elementary school libraries operate on a fixed schedule, allowing only one class at a time to use the space. Elementary school libraries are too often the drop-off location for a specific class during the classroom teacher's planning period. For as long as Leslie Cartier has been an elementary school librarian she has been bound and determined to change that paradigm. In this article she describes how she made an all-out effort to transform the library into a learning commons, starting with the physical space. By adding an iPad cart, smart board, and new innovative tables, the library class room became a flexible workspace. Students could use iPads 1:1 or 1:4 or spread throughout the library when producing individualized content, such as voice recordings. As a result, learners have more options for research and presenting their findings and more control over their own learning process.
Descriptors: School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Space Utilization, Interior Space, Library Development, Library Services, Technology Integration, Organizational Change, Change Strategies, Library Materials, Educational Improvement, Learning Resources Centers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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