School libraries across the district are going through some exciting redesign projects. The Innovative Learning Specialist team has been working diligently throughout the summer to transform traditional library spaces into welcoming learning environments that better support a climate and culture most conducive to 21st Century learning.
The physical settings are the most apparent change to the spaces. The team of Innovative Learning Specialists has been pulling out all of their design-on-a-dime strategies to create comfortable learning spaces in a number of ways including; genre shelving, comfortable seating and study areas, mobile labs, and new equipment.
|Genre Shelving at Parker|
Some members of the team have taken on the project of genre shelving. This strategy involves reorganizing books to encourage the bookstore type of browsing experience. In addition to alphabetic or Dewey Decimal catalog searching, students and teachers can also find materials organized by areas of interest.
|New Seating Area at Marshall |
|Madison Students Creating a Video|
Using Green Screen Technology
Finally, every library has new equipment that will be available for student and teacher exploration. One example that we are all very excited about is the green screen kit. Green screen technology can be applied to a great variety of content areas K-12. We would love to share more of our individual redesign projects with you. Please feel free to stop in and check out what we’ve been working on over the summer. Better yet, schedule some time with your school’s Innovative Learning Specialist to start planning changes that can impact learning in your students’ lives.