Library Learning Commons (LLC)
The Library Learning Commons is our new and significanly improved library space. Think “hum” and “buzz” instead of “hush”. The LLC will be a place where students can experience learning through inquiry and exploration with both print and technological tools. It will also be a place where a teacher can have his/her whole class work together on digital projects in the lab. The vision for the LLC is an active, collaborative space where all members of the school community can collaborate with others, cultivate new ideas with print and digital resources, and explore new methods of information sharing and presentation. (For further reading, please click here).
Why did AJA shift towards a Library Learning Commons model?
At AJA, we pride ourselves on being a college-preparatory school where the mission is aligned toward innovation. We believe that a technology-rich environment meets the demands of a 21st century learning environment and prepares the students to be global citizens in a world that is constantly changing. We know that a school where technology is readily available to each student allows for personalized learning and differentiation, supportive small group instruction and emphasis on life skills (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking). Ultimately, technology can help bring up-to-date resources to the fingertips of the students.
Will this be an end to checking out books?
Absolutely not! Books will still be available for check out. The collection will continue to grow and change based on feedback from students and staff. The LLC staff loves books and is excited to tailor literacy programming specifically for our AJA readers, both young and young at heart.
What can we expect to see in the reimagined LLC?
A lot! We are in the process of transforming some wall space to a collaborative whiteboard area. Another wall space will be painted with chalkboard paint. There is a computer lab-like section where our students in 1st through 4th grades will be able to work with technology as it fits in with what they are learning in their classroom. Two rooms in the LLC have been designated as break-out rooms. One of those will primarily be for small group instruction or work. The other will be a multi-media room with a green screen for students to create videos. Along one wall, we have a Genius Bar that will allow students in 5th through 8th grades to work on their Chromebooks. Overall, the space is designed to be a fluid learning environment where we can accommodate the needs of the teacher and student.