Several years ago I crowdsourced a collection of ideas for using Learning Centers in the Library Media Center. It was amazing how the folks in my PLN generously shared their most popular activities, and all of our students benefitted from it!
In light of the changes we’ve seen recently in the way students are learning, I feel it’s time to revisit these suggestions in order to update them as well as add to them. Some of the links are broken now, most of the ideas don’t have an accompanying photo, and many of them don’t provide enough detail to easily recreate them in your own library. But most importantly, back then we weren’t really talking about STEAM or Makerspaces, but those are a huge part of what librarians provide now and any list that doesn’t acknowledge that is woefully out of touch!
And it’s not just the ideas that need an upgrade. At the time, wikis were the hot new curation tool of choice, but there are other, more effective options out there now that avoid some of the drawbacks of wikis. (For example, the endless scrolling to view all the ideas!) Some of the platforms I’m considering using this time around are Wakelet, LiveBinders, Padlet, and Destiny Collections.
So for the next few weeks I’ll be working on a new and improved version of the Library Learning Center collection, and I’d love to have your input. Please leave a comment with your suggestions and links for great activities, and/or your opinion on the perfect online curation tool for the project. I’ll be sure to give you credit for your ideas!
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