Middle School is poised to take a leap
into 21st century learning. The library media center
is ready to take that leap as well. The West Virginia
Standards for 21st Century Learning state that:
|"The mix of technology tools will change
and evolve rapidly in the future. Today's technology
may be obsolete tomorrow. It is impossible to
predict the tools that will be essential for learning
and working in the years to come. That is why
it is important for people to acquire learning
skills that will enable them to use next-generation
technology and why business people and educators
need to continue to collaborate so schools will
stay abreast of new technology. By moving beyond
the development of foundational skills in technology
to the development of ICT (information and communication
technology) literacy skills, we will prepare our
students to be productive in the classroom and
We need to recognize that the world
our students will be working and living in is scarcely
imaginable today. We need not only to educate them
to use and understand the technologies of today, but
to prepare them to be ready for the technologies of
tomorrow. As stated above, we need to teach them the
"learning skills" that will prepare them
for a workplace that doesn't yet exist.
Belmonte Middle School can create a
"learning commons", which is a space that
is a center for information, knowledge and enjoyment.
The environment is one of inquiry and creativity,
not just skill-building and fact-gathering. It is
inquiry and knowledge building that will lead our
students into successful lives in the 21st century.
The vision for the Belmonte Middle School
Library Media Center is:
commons where inquiry, knowledge, enjoyment, creativity
all live together.
for deliberate and intentional engagement with
is an inquiry model of knowledge acquisition,
hopefully school-wide (IIM-Independent Investigation
where they use Web 2.0 tools in the school as
well as out of school. As Marc Prensky says Its
their after school education not their school
education that is preparing kids for their 21st
century livesand they know it. When kids
come to school they leave behind this intellectual
light of their everyday lives and walk into the
darkness of the old-fashioned classroom.
students literacy skills and they include print
literacy, visual literacy and media literacy.
where students and staff know they will be welcomed,
inspired, and challenged.
where 21st-century ethics are alive.
It is the goal that all stakeholders
at Belmonte will adopt and work towards this vision.