PEOPLE FOR EDUCATION MAY 2011
© People for Education 2011 Annual School Survey
BUILDING A LEARNING COMMONS
While most teachers see technology in theclassroom as beneficial, the majority remainunable to find feasible ways to make full useof it.
Information literacy needs a base inschools where teachers and students canboth develop these competencies. TheOntario School Library Association (OSLA)recommends developing school libraries as“learning commons” to provide that base.In 2009, the Ministryof Education fundedthe OSLA to write
Together for Learning
,which provides a blueprint for thedevelopment of a “learning commons” inevery school. These hubs would be based inschool libraries and provide centres forinformation literacy, technology andcollaborative learning. Although theMinistry funded the document, it has notreleased it as a curriculum support.
WHAT PRINCIPALS TOLD US . . .
We no longer have a library. The bookroom is usedby teachers.
Elementary School, DSB Ontario North East
Teachers look after themselves in the library – wehave a 0.1 teacher available to support studentresearch and learning.
Elementary School, Bluewater DSB
We only have in-class libraries in our school, and wego to the local public library twice a month.
Elementary School, Sudbury CDSB
Our committee is trying to raise $36,000 in order topurchase more laptops for the school. We find weare very limited in this technology and thereforehave to find ways to provide it for our students. Wefeel that Information Literacy is important, butwithout the technology, we struggle to movetowards greater use by staff with their students.
Elementary School, Simcoe Muskoka CDSB
All students and teachers should have the capacity to find, evaluate, organize andtransform information in the digital universe.People for Education recommends
that the province support a leadership role for teacher-librarians, who can workwith classroom teachers to develop feasible information literacy programs for allstudents and
that the province ensure that all teachers receive appropriate information andtechnology education in faculties of education and through ongoing professionaldevelopment.