CCUSD has never stopped supporting libraries. Media Resources is another support system that connects students to personalized learning.
Media Resources, formally referred to as a Library or Media Center, has become a highly ﬂexible learning environment supporting activities of all kinds. This resource space should be easily accessible by community members and industry partners, and it should serve as a “learning hub” for school activity, while other Media Resource spaces could be distributed throughout the building.
Our approach to supporting future ready learning is technology based. We have a unique role to support the students’ time in the classroom. The library is the space to expand on that. Students learn how to use digital resources more effectively. They learn how to do research, honing their expertise in vetting the resources they come across online. The librarian and classroom support staff provide students with the tools to be successful in the classroom.
Director of Library Services
Multiple Learning Styles and Personalized Learning
Media Resources, formally referred to as the Library or Media Center, has become a highly ﬂexible hub for activities of all kinds. Activities include quiet individual reading, individual and group research, small group collaboration, large group presentations, media circulation and downtime—from brain breaks to socializing with friends.
The Inquiry Based Learning Model requires learners to be inquisitive, conduct research, and develop solutions. Inquiry Based Learning includes: Project-Based Learning, Problem Based Learning, Challenge Based Learning, Design Thinking, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The model takes learners beyond general curiosity and into the realms of discovery while developing deeper understandings—using new knowledge and reflecting on experiences. Media Resources is critical to all phases of the inquiry cycle, including wonder, investigation and planning, discovery, demonstration, and reflection.
Research and Technology
CCUSD exposes students to different types of learning that introduce them to technology as part of a learning continuum from elementary to middle to high school, growing their ability to use technology for research, critical thinking, decision making, communication and collaboration, creativity and innovation. The Culver City High School library embodies the ideal fusion of technology and student-centered space where the technology augments learning and collaboration thus creating stronger connections and empowering relationships.
Support multiple learning styles simultaneously with affordances that support learning behaviors— flexible furniture such as soft seating, high top tables, mobile project tables, height adjustable lightweight chairs, mobile whiteboards, whiteboards for interactive projectors, digital displays, shared tools for digital/remote collaboration; and easy access to power, such as floor outlets on a regular grid. The technology in Culver City High School's Library is a great example.
Provide zones for quiet individual reading, individual and group research, small group collaboration, large group presentations, media circulation and downtime.
Enhanced acoustics are needed to support more than one activity type occurring simultaneously in the same space defined by zones of furniture. Reverberation calculations with a criterion of 1.2 seconds at 500 Hz for these spaces is the goal to ensure the acoustical panels and materials in the space will work to keep the sound from one area from bouncing into an adjacent area. Acoustical panels installed vertically, at angles or horizontally are examples of ways to absorb reverberation. Furniture elements such as mobile felt screens will also help support student’s ability to focus. Carpet tiles will also contribute to sound absorption.
Working with each campus community, explore possible additional uses and determine appropriate solutions. Examples include TV studio production room; Genius Bar or technology support station; reading Kiva or smaller scale intimate space created with furniture, acoustic treatments, and ceiling elements.