Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, library spaces throughout the district began transitioning to Learning Commons spaces. A national trend in education and public library spaces, the concept of Learning Commons transforms traditional library spaces to better incorporate exploratory learning through various methods including print resources, technology, innovation, creativity, and hands-on application.
Further enhancements to the new Learning Commons spaces will include the addition of Maker Spaces within each building. Maker Spaces take the collaborative learning and hands-on element a step further with dedicated space where students can invent, design, create prototypes, which move to production of completed products through the use of 3-D printers. Elementary spaces could begin with something as simple as legos and creation stations for building prototypes with an entry level 3-D printer to bring designs to life. At the secondary level, junior and senior high schools, the equipment and spaces would become more sophisticated as student abilities expand.
Maker Spaces will be cross-functional learning spaces where students bring curriculum lessons from other classes, such as PLTW, from concept/lesson, to design, through completion with a take-home model. We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students. Our Learning Commons team creates a diverse, creative, and challenging curriculum to help students think critically and take a concept to completion.