​Learning Commons at the CBE

Today’s learners cannot imagine life without the internet and supporting technology. The concept of the traditional library is changing to include technology, online tools and spaces for collaboration and exploration.​​​

The Technological and Creative Hub of the School 

Learning Commons is the technological and creative hub of the school. The goal of the Learning Commons is to enable all students to be engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit. The concept of a Learning Commons is a shift in thinking from a library as a physical space that is a repository of books, to an inclusive, flexible, learner-centred, physical and/or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and creative play to expand and deepen learning.

A Learning Commons is an agile and responsive learning and teaching environment available to individuals and groups to use for multiple, often simultaneous, purposes.

It supports literacy, numeracy, competency development and student learning outcomes through access to, and instruction in, the effective use of print and digital resources.

The learning commons approach functions best when learning experiences in the school community are coordinated to support student learning outcomes through collaborative planning, teaching and assessing.

The Nelson Mandela Learning Commons will include a school community makerspace, giving all students access to technology traditionally only available to CTS classes as well as a “pantry” of supplies and space to enable project creation in all subject areas. 

We are also fortunate to be able to partner with Saddletowne Library and hope to use this facility and their resources to enhance what Nelson Mandela High School is able to offer as far as opportunities for our staff and students.

Textbook Sign-Out Information

A limited number of core subject textbooks are available in the LC for students to sign out. Texts are loaned for 1 day after which they must be returned the following morning. Failure to do will result in your computer account being disabled until the loaned resources are returned. There are also copies of the core subject textbooks in the reference section of the Saddletowne Library in the Genesis Centre.

Contact Information

Jeff Thompson is the learning leader in the learning commons jdthompson@cbe.ab.ca.

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The Technological and Creative Hub of the School 

Learning Commons is the technological and creative hub of the school. The goal of the Learning Commons is to enable all students to be engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit. The concept of a Learning Commons is a shift in thinking from a library as a physical space that is a repository of books, to an inclusive, flexible, learner-centred, physical and/or virtual space for collaboration, inquiry, imagination and creative play to expand and deepen learning.

A Learning Commons is an agile and responsive learning and teaching environment available to individuals and groups to use for multiple, often simultaneous, purposes.

It supports literacy, numeracy, competency development and student learning outcomes through access to, and instruction in, the effective use of print and digital resources.

The learning commons approach functions best when learning experiences in the school community are coordinated to support student learning outcomes through collaborative planning, teaching and assessing.

The Nelson Mandela Learning Commons will include a school community makerspace, giving all students access to technology traditionally only available to CTS classes as well as a “pantry” of supplies and space to enable project creation in all subject areas. 

We are also fortunate to be able to partner with Saddletowne Library and hope to use this facility and their resources to enhance what Nelson Mandela High School is able to offer as far as opportunities for our staff and students.

Textbook Sign-Out Information

A limited number of core subject textbooks are available in the LC for students to sign out. Texts are loaned for 1 day after which they must be returned the following morning. Failure to do will result in your computer account being disabled until the loaned resources are returned. There are also copies of the core subject textbooks in the reference section of the Saddletowne Library in the Genesis Centre.

Contact Information

Jeff Thompson is the learning leader in the learning commons jdthompson@cbe.ab.ca.

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