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 the
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:
information commons where inquiry, knowledge,
enjoyment, creativity all live together.
model for deliberate and intentional engagement
place is an inquiry model of knowledge acquisition,
hopefully school-wide (IIM-Independent Investigation
place 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
place where students and staff know they
will be welcomed, inspired, and challenged.
place where 21st-century ethics are alive.
It is the goal that all stakeholders
at Belmonte will adopt and work towards this