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Our first STEM Challenge begins in September. The Learning Commons will have one challenge each month. You are welcome to come in before school on Thursday and Friday to work on the challenges. This month is making an electrical circuit that launches a fan blade. Student who launches the flying saucer the longest distance wins a prize. Stop by the Learning Commons to participate.
October's Challenge is to determine the strength of Spaghetti by building a bridge using noodles and Styrofoam. The student who builds the strongest bridge determined by the number of books it holds, wins!
November Challenge: Students built "robotic hands" using cardboard, straws, and fishing line. They needed to sign certain letters and words as well as test the strength of the hand by picking up items. This was created in 7th grade science classes, so no winner was awarded.
December Challenge: In Mrs. Paul's 8th grade science class students built a catapult from a box of given supplies. They had to test the power and accuracy of their catapult.
What is a Learning Commons?
The Learning Commons has evolved from a combination library and computer lab into an adaptable full-service learning, research, and project space. This could mean a variety of activities are taking place in the Learning Commons. They include; but are not limited to quiet work, group meetings, planning sessions, and voices of students working together, and engaging in active learning.
How Does it Work?
The Learning Commons is a flexible environment built to accommodate multiple learning activities. It has a variety of resources addressing a variety of needs; furnished for informal face-to-face gatherings; and it is a student-centric area. It also prominently displays and promotes student efforts.
Who is doing it?
Numerous colleges and schools have adopted the learning commons approach. It is designed to promote a culture of learning which offers spaces for writing and research, educational technology, faculty development, and quiet scholarly reflection. The learning commons is a lively interactive space with comfortable, inviting chairs, a digital media lab, and spaces for group study.
The learning commons brings together the functions of libraries, labs, lounges, and seminar areas in a single community gathering place that supports the sharing of student ideas outside the classroom. The learning commons can be an ideal venue to blend face-to-face with virtual meetings.
Where is it going?
Technological challenges include increased mobile use, and augmented-reality learning scenarios. The code word is learning. It integrates even more of the virtual world into the face to-face environment.
What are the implications for teaching and learning?
A well-equipped learning commons says to a student, “Here you have tools, room to collaborate, equipment, advice, research options, and access to expert information. Now it is up to you to build something worthwhile: a paper, a presentation, an education.” (EDUCAUSE, 2011)
"EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative." Educause.edu. N.p., 2011. Web. 10 Aug. 2017. <https://www.educause.edu/eli>.
Noodletools is designed to support citing sources, and the digital note-taking support is a tremendous resource. If you are interested in tutorials or help guides, including how teachers can manage incoming shared files from students, you’ll find them here.
Noodletools can be accessed through Cobb Digital Library
Free and unlimited 24x7 access to myON, which features over 10,000 enhanced digital books, is available through a partnership between Get Georgia Reading – Georgia Campaign for Grade Level Reading and myON through August 31st. The directions below are also located on our summer reading website here. To get started: