Learning Commons

Learning Commons

About Our Learning Commons-Library/Technology Area

Virtual Learning Commons



Check out our Virtual Learning Commons!

Here you'll be able to find a variety of activities and ideas to keep you busy.

You'll also be able to request books from the Learning Commons, which can be delivered to your classroom.








R.J. Hawkey Elementary School Learning Commons serves a student population of just over 400 children from kindergarten to grade four as well as The Airdrie Christian Program, and RJ's Preschool Intervention Program. The Learning Commons also serves teacher and staff needs. R.J. Hawkey's Learning Commons is centrally located within the school and is easily accessible at anytime to all classes and all children. The space functions as a key link in curriculum planning and delivery by implementing, enriching and supporting the education plan of the school based on the Alberta Education curriculum. Our Learning Commons area exists to provide its users with a service to meet their literacy, information and technology needs.

Reading is an integral skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. As a lifelong learning skill, how well a child can read and understand the written word in all formats determines accomplishment in school and in life.

Information and technology skills are also integral to today’s learners. Developing these skills will allow students to use technology as an important tool for learning. Our Learning Commons strives to enable students to gain the ability to search for and gather information independently and responsibly.

Our library’s collection is developed to support the province's education curriculum, as well as the literacy needs of the students, and the professional needs of our teachers and staff. Our Learning Commons strives to maintain and build a collection which is balanced and embodies a wide range of subjects and interests, levels of difficulty and formats.

All children deserve unbiased access to literacy, information, and technology in an environment that contributes to learning. In addition, the Learning Commons provides the opportunity to engage in private reading time on a weekly basis and author/illustrator visits, literacy fairs, and book clubs throughout the year.

The Learning Commons provides physical and intellectual access to the resources and tools required for learning and exploring in a warm, stimulating environment. We encourage our students to use the Learning Commons to its fullest potential in order to become critical thinkers and develop the learning skills needed in the 21st century.

If you wish to contact Miss Machacek please email me at: jmachacek@rockyview.ab.ca

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Volunteering in the Learning Commons

We are always looking for more volunteers in the learning commons! All we ask is that you have a recent criminal record check (within the last 12 months) submitted to the office, and an enthusiastic attitude! We are transferring the Learning Commons from the Dewey Decimal System to Metis Subject Classification. The Metis system organizes material by subject, keeping fiction and non-fiction together to allow for easier exploration by students into their preferred subjects.

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Learning Commons Handbook and Guides

This folder contains the Learning Commons Handbook as well as other technology guides such as the Bring Your Own Device Guide for schools.
File Bring Your Own Device: A Guide for Schools
Alberta Education's roadmap for embracing a BYOD approach in Alberta schools. This guide examines issues related to personally owned devices, discusses various perspectives on these issues and gives the reader a knowledge base regarding implementing a BYOD policy.
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