What is a Learning Commons?

A Learning Commons is more than a library. It's a physical or virtual space that allows students to be engaged and deepen their learning by critically thinking, problem-solving, collaborating, innovating and communicating. The goal is to broaden student learning beyond the classroom and community. For more information, visit the Alberta Education website

Library Portal (Destiny)

To access the library portal click here, select our school and click the "Red Deer Google" box to sign in with your Google account. 

Technology in the LC (Survey)

A Learning Commons is all about flexibility and innovation. We're looking to improve our space, but we need YOUR thoughts. This is your space! Let us know what technology you'd like to see in the LC by filling out the survey below. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY

Speak Out: A Poetry/Prose Slam

What the heck is Slam Poetry? Spoken word poetry or performance poetry.

Speak Out is... a poetry/prose slam, an opportunity for students to share their writing with Notre Dame. Interested students will submit their chosen poem or prose excerpt to Miss Stevens by Nov. 27. Students will perform their pieces on the day of Speak Out. Those who don't wish to go on ‘stage’ can label their work as anonymous and a volunteer reader will read their work for them.

Location/Time: Learning Commons (back tables) on Thursday, Nov. 30 at lunch. 

ND Reading Program

What is it? An online community of readers with the goal to eliminate reading loss and continue to immerse ourselves in great stories through the semester.

How does it work? NDRP is hosted on Google Classroom. When you finish a book (physical book/eBook/audiobook/graphic novel), post the title, author and a short blurb about why you enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) your book. At the end of each semester, every student who posted will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Chapters!

Who can join? All students and staff! Anyone from Notre Dame is welcome to join NDRP. However, prizes will only be awarded to students.

Class code: d3bsoc2

If you have any questions about NDRP, talk to your librarians!

The Online Reference Centre (ORC) offers a diverse collection of reference and information sources. The ORC is available for Kindergarten - Grade 12 students, teachers and parents through a Grant-in-Aid to The Alberta Library from Alberta Education. The ORC is an excellent resource for research papers and research-based projectsClick here to access the ORC. 

3D Printing

 

The Learning Commons encourages creativity and design. Check out our 3D PRINTER. For $0.15/g, you can print any 3D design of your creation. Ask the Learning Commons staff for more details. 

Book Recommendation of the Week

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
By Max Brooks

The zombie apocalypse takes on a new twist as a nameless reporter writes down the accounts of the zombie war survivors. From political figures to college students, the zombie war is told through the words of those who saw the horror first hand.

Where to find this book in the LC: Fiction - F BRO