Knowledge-Building Centres

Knowledge-Building Centres Using Google Sites

What is a Knowledge-Building Centre?

A Knowledge-Building Centre (KBC) is an online space that creates an inquiry-based instructional scaffold for learning, brings in the best resources, and fosters collaborative learning. The KBC can be used exclusively online or be used for blended learning, extending collaborative learning in the physical library learning commons and classroom.

A collaborative approach to learning is at the core of the KBC. The teacher and teacher-librarian are actively involved to coach, and to provide formative assessment and descriptive feedback for learning. A KBC can bring in other experts from the school, community and world. Students learn through collaboration: the KBC is not just a website to present resources and expectations, but an active online learning space. 

Together for Learning
A KBC can be created using any online technology that allows for multiple users and has a pleasing and clear interface for scaffolding learning. Carol Koechlin, a Canadian education and library consultant and an international leader in thinking about the school library learning commons, has created a template in Google Sites for creating a KBC framed around the guided inquiry model from the Ontario School Library Association's Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons. This template is particularly useful for school systems using Google Apps for Education and/or Google Classroom, where student accounts are already set up and ready to go. 

A Knowledge-Building Centre about Knowledge-Building Centres:
Presentation KBC prepared by Carol Koechlin and Anita Brooks Kirkland for Super Conference 2012


View a demonstration KBC created by Elaine MacKenzie & Anita Brooks Kirkland: Titanic Inquiry

Titanic Inquiry

Deconstructing the Titanic Inquiry KBC: http://www.bythebrooks.ca/inquiry-untethered/


Learn more about KBCs on Dr. David Loertscher's Learning Commons website: https://sites.google.com/site/schoollearningcommons/knowledge-building-centers

The documents attached to this page are shared with permission from Dr. David Loertscher and Carol Koechlin.

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