Computers are available for students to use to access electronic information resources and the Internet. The David Graham Learning Commons subscribes to online database indexes. Students can access these resources in the learning commons, in the classrooms, and at home through Blackbaud.
The David Graham Learning Commons is a vibrant learning space where students learn information and digital literacy, digital citizenship, collaboration, research, and citation skills. The main objectives of the learning commons program are to support and enrich the curriculum, to promote literacy, and to teach students to competently conduct research.
Teachers in all grades and subject areas use the DGLC for research instruction relating to topics currently under study in the classroom. One of the main focuses of the library program is to teach Approaches to Learning skills in conjunction with the classroom teacher to enable students to competently complete research assignments with academic honesty. As part of learning about citations and academic honesty, the teacher-librarian assists students using the turnitin.com
program. The knowledge and skills acquired will prepare them for study at the secondary level. Another area of focus is to encourage students to develop a love for reading and encourage them to become life-long readers. All students visit the learning commons once a month for book exchanges, book talks, and library skills instruction.
GNS students and staff are welcome to use the facilities and resources for study, research, and reading. The learning commons program also includes individual instruction in which students receive assistance outside class time. A staff member is available to help students in the morning before school starts, during lunchtime, and after school.