Together for Learning

The Together for Learning vision is coming alive.

The T4L website provides a collaborative learning space to create, share, celebrate and lead best practice as schools realize the power of the Learning Commons.

All members of the learning community will discover powerful ideas about teaching and learning in today's information and technology rich environment.


A Learning Commons is a vibrant, whole-school approach, presenting exciting opportunities for collaboration among teachers, teacher-librarians and students. Within a Learning Commons, new relationships are formed between learners, new technologies are realized and utilized, and both students and educators prepare for the future as they learn new ways to learn.

Together for Learning: School Libraries and the Emergence of the Learning Commons
Ontario School Library Association, 2010

 Pedagogical Shifts Inherent in the Learning Commons
 Information Seeking
and Reporting

  Individual and Collective
Knowledge Creation

 Teacher directed learning
   Self and participatory learning
 Classroom learning
 Networked and global learning
 Standards driven
   Exploring big ideas and concepts
 Teaching    Process and active learning
 Individual teacher expertise
   Collaborative learning partnerships

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Invitation to Contribute!

How are you implementing Together for Learning?

Complete this form to contribute ideas to the T4L website.

Connect to Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada (Canadian Library Association, 2014) - Your guide for moving forward with a practical, strategic plan for implementing Together for Learning.     TALCO's Digital Citizenship Project provides an idea bank for teachers to use an inquiry and critical thinking approach for developing competent and confident digital citizens. 

It's the Year of the Learning Commons!

April 2015 to May 2016 is the Year of the Learning Commons! The purpose is to celebrate accomplishments so far, and to hand over the next chapter of transitions to you.

To learn more, visit the Year of the Learning Commons website. Here are some ways that you can participate and contribute:
  • Download, print and display the Year of the Learning Commons poster
  • Use the Year of the Learning Commons icons on your website and communications
  • Write an article, blog, tweet #yearlc etc., about the features of your LLC and promote a conversation
  • Put up a tour of your LLC on YouTube
  • Present at a local, provincial or national conference
  • Have your students create presentations for your community
  • Attend various events that will be announced on the YearLC website
  • Invite members of your community to tour your LLC and witness the impact on learning
  • Let us know what you're doing so we can tell the world!