By INFOhio Staff
Ohio’s education community now has access to a new set of electronic tools that will allow them to take advantage of the changing technological landscape and help them prepare Ohio students for the 21st century.
The INFOhio Learning Commons is designed to help teachers, librarians and administrators embrace new learning methods and opportunities that include essential skills for today’s students such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.1
The Learning Commons, launched in February, is the newest offering from INFOhio, the state’s K-12 virtual library and information network. Visit the Learning Commons at http://learningcommons.infohio.org. INFOhio is a free learning tool for all Ohio students and educators and it provides one of the country’s largest online collections of educational resources including images, videos, popular magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, encyclopedias, audiobooks and eBooks, as well as content in multiple languages.
According to INFOhio Executive Director Theresa Fredericka, “The goal of INFOhio’s 21st Century Learning Commons is to enhance 21st century learning; provide a technologically advanced method to access the INFOhio electronic resources; and foster a sense of global community through a variety of technology and learning methods.”
Educators who visit The Learning Commons will find an array of resources including:
*Professional development opportunities. By participating in our self-paced online course entitled 21 Essential Things for 21st Century Success, you will learn how to integrate 21st century skills into your classroom instruction. You may use these modules without cost for your own learning. If you are interested in credit, there are several options including individual module CEUs, graduate college credit, or a 21st Century Skills Certificate with a specialization in Media and Information Research.
Clearly, the INFOhio Learning Commons is a place for all educators to explore,” Fredericka added. “They can participate for their own enjoyment or to earn credit or Continuing Education Units.”
With the introduction of the Learning Commons, INFOhio believes that it is poised to make a significant impact in helping educators to inspire students to learn, think critically, solve problems, collaborate, innovate and create and to prepare them for the cutting-edge jobs of the modern economy.
1. From the description of the A Framework for Learning from the website for the Partnership of the 21st Century Skills.<< http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/index.php >>