Library: Learning Commons
The world has changed greatly in the last few decades and this has had a great impact on learning and education. The learning of the 21st century looks different than learning in the 20th century. We look to a 21st century approach to help solve our global problems and to prepare our students for the jobs of the future. The 21st century skills include learning and innovation skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. Digital literacy skills and life skills are also part of the 21st century curriculum.
The PC library is a Learning Commons, a 21st century learning environment. It provides a comfortable space for students that is inviting and allows for collaboration. Chairs and tables with castors allow for flexibility in seating and workspace. Tables also flip up easily to create large spaces. A portable smart board includes a built-in projection system.
Located on the second floor of Rogers House, the Learning Commons supports the classroom and individual pursuits of students and teachers. It contains over 15,000 volumes, indexed on an online catalogue. Additional resources include vertical files, periodicals, newspapers, videos, DVDs, and online databases. The Learning Commons is open during the school day and for one evening study. A Teacher-Librarian and Assistant Librarian are available to provide assistance.
The Learning Commons facilitates and supports dynamic learning experiences that utilize the best available resources, technologies, strategies and learning environments. Learners collaborate with others to enrich their learning. The Learning Commons creates a network of information, people and programs for learning within the school and beyond.
The Arthur Garrett Dorland Friends Historical Research Collection, a special collection located in the Learning Commons, is part of the Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives housed at Pickering College. This special collection is available by appointment with the Archivist for research by students, researchers and scholars.