"I had tons of fun introducing a roomful of kids and parents to MakeyMakey and Scratch at today’s Scratch Day, another great event organized by Michael Tempel of Logo Foundation. This edition was hosted by The Ramaz School, and I willingly woke up early on a Sunday and carried two tote bags full of materials to the Upper East Side to lead a session entitled, Cardboard Jam Band with MakeyMakey and Scratch.
The description from the program is below:
Makey Makey is an invention kit that allows you to use every-day objects and materials, such as aluminum foil, play dough and bananas, to interact with your Scratch projects. Let’s construct cardboard shapes, add conductive elements, connect them to MakeyMakey, and program different instruments, sounds, and notes using Scratch to play music and form a band!
Suitable for people of all ages; no prior Scratch experience is needed."
Wednesday 12 August 2015 Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association will present prestigious awards to a senior library leader, early career law librarian and celebrated children’s author, to honour their contribution to the library and information sector. The 2015 ALIA Excellence Award winners are: Author Jackie French Jackie will receive the Redmond Barry Award in acknowledgement of her outstanding contribution to libraries. The Redmond Barry Award is the Association's highest honour for advocates from outside the library profession. Past award recipients include the Hon Bruce Chamberlain AM (2007), the Hon Barry Jones AO (1996), the Hon Gough Whitlam AC QC (1994). Jackie is an outstanding supporter of libraries as an author and in her current position of Children’s Laureate. She is famous for saying that a book can change a child’s life and a book can change the world. The award is named after Sir Redmond Barry, 1813 – 1880, who is regarded as the founder of the State Library of Victoria. Dr. Alex Byrne, NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive Alex will receive the HCL Anderson Award in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to the library and information profession, as a University Librarian, State Librarian and in his role as President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The HCL Anderson Award is the Association's highest honour that can be bestowed on an Associate Member of ALIA. The award commemorates HCL Anderson, principal librarian of the Free Public Library of New South Wales from 1893 to 1906. Holger Aman, Librarian, NSW Law Courts Holger will receive the Metcalfe Award in acknowledgement of his contribution to the profession. The Metcalfe Award recognises high achievement by an ALIA Personal Member in their first five years of practice in libraries and information services. Holger has been extremely active in ALIA from the early days of his career. He has served on committees, presented at conferences, written articles and contributed to the social media presence of the Association. Holger was on the organising committee for the New Librarians’ Symposium (NLS7), working on the programme and sponsorship subcommittees. Holger is a reference librarian at the NSW Law Courts Library, where he has acted in the role of Manager, volunteers to be on project teams and committees, and assists with supervising student placement programmes. The award commemorates John Metcalfe, former New South Wales State Librarian, who established the Australian Institute of Librarians and was instrumental in the establishment of library education in Australia. The recipients will be presented with their awards at a reception at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday 18 November by ALIA’s Vice-President, Patricia Genat. About the Australian Library and Information Association The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au Contact: Heather Wellard, Communications Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org | 02 6215 8225 | 0409 830 439 ENDS  Read more about the Australian Children’s Laureate: http://www.childrenslaureate.org.au/
These are project options and ideas for students working in our "Maker Studio." In STEM class students alternate working in the Maker Studio and learning in our STEM "Learning Lab." Maker Studio projects are also available for students in our after-school Maker's Club.
Sadly when most educators think of Bloom’s they think of just the single domain, the Cognitive, that rules so much of what we do in education. Had we focused on all three domains equally we may have better understood the part we do use and be much closer to a holistic view of education where the ‘Affective’ and ‘Psychomotor’ domains are viewed as equals to the cognitive. It is a shame that partly due to our obsession with Bloom’s we ignore the important aspects of our student’s feelings (hearts) and their doings (hands) despite these clearly playing a part in the taxonomy.
I’ve always been obsessed with all things creative. I’ve always assumed I was just a Sharpie collecting, cardboard building, Lego designing girl who never grew up. What was this relentless urge to create? It’s really been about being a maker, all along. The Maker Movement is making it’s way into education and these are my favorite resources. Join the conversation about making on Twitter by adding the hashtag #MakerEd, or the new hashtag just for resources for youngest learners, #Elemaker. You can also add your name to a growing list of educators looking to collaborate!
New ALIA report on LIS education, skills and employment 21 August 2015 Canberra: The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) said there is a positive outlook on job prospects for library and information professionals over the next five years, but the labour market will remain tight. This is one of the conclusions of the ALIA LIS Education, Skills and Employment Trend Report 2015. Sue McKerracher, ALIA Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘This report gives us useful insights about education and students, as well as the underlying employment trends in the Library and Information Science (LIS) industry. This is helpful guidance for our association and provides our members with valuable insights.’ ‘While many in our sector worry about employment prospects, we have seen an interesting trend. Over a five year period, as reported in 2013, we found the number of librarian positions dropped by 23%, yet the unemployment level for librarians was below the average for other occupations.’ ‘While the job market remains tight, we believe the reason has something to do with the number of baby boomers retiring which is providing job opportunities for the next generation.’ Over the same period, there was a four percent drop in library technician positions and a nine percent increase in library assistant positions. Ms McKerracher said: ‘This adds credence to anecdotal evidence that more employers are recruiting candidates without LIS qualifications to provide frontline services. Our aim is the encourage non-LIS professionals employed in the sector to study for LIS qualifications or at least gain a better understanding of the library environment by joining ALIA’s proficiency recognition program.’ On the education front, educators are in a challenging period and this situation isn’t restricted to the LIS sector. Ms McKerracher said: ‘Smaller budgets, less administrative assistance, higher teaching loads and the pressure to maintain research outputs mean that educators have less time to take stock. In this environment, it’s more important that practitioners and employers provide feedback and support to educators that ensure that course content remains current and graduates have the skills to work at the cutting edge of library services.’ ALIA analysis of the report data concluded: Library and information science is an occupation with a relatively small, highly qualified workforce. Fewer than 30,000 out of 11.5 million, or 0.2% of the Australian labour force. This is reflected in its equally small education footprint (0.2% of VET students and 0.1% of higher education students). Although the LIS workforce is small, the sector has significant reach and profile because millions of Australians use library services. More than 10 million Australians are registered public library users and still more use university, VET, special and school libraries, although there will be some duplication. The job market will remain tight, with as many as 1800 professionals graduating each year and seeking employment. While many of these graduates will already be employed in the sector, others will be new entrants. LIS courses have been particularly vulnerable to changes in the TAFE system at a state and territory level, which have seen pressure on individual courses and substantial increases in student fees. In 2015, there were 24 institutions delivering 33 ALIA accredited courses around Australia. In addition, there were VET (Vocational Education and Training) providers offering Certificates II, III and IV in library and information studies. This represented a significant decline (23% and 37% respectively) since 2009, when there were 31 institutions and 52 courses. Librarians, Technicians and Library Assistants had significantly higher education attainment compared with people employed in all occupations in Australia. For example, some 60% of Librarians had a Post Graduate or Graduate Diploma or a Graduate Certificate, compared with 9% for all occupations. The essential role of education underpinning participation in the sector remained strong, with 69% of workers having Librarian or Technician qualifications. As well as library and information service delivery positions, there were also approximately 1,000 jobs working for the Australian vendors who supply library and information related products. Ms McKerracher concluded: ‘The core skills, knowledge and attributes required by library and information professionals are evolving and it is important that educators, employers, students, professionals and ALIA work together to ensure people working in the sector are equipped to deliver quality services.’ Read the previous edition of the report – 2014. About the Australian Library and Information Association The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support. www.alia.org.au For further information: Heather Wellard, Communications Manager: email@example.com | 02 6215 8225 | 0409 830 439| firstname.lastname@example.org ENDS  Source: National and State Libraries Australasia
Linda Denty's insight:
And I'm one of those about to create a job for someone else.
"During my poster session at ISTE, I must have been asked dozens of times: “When do students use your Makerspace? How do you organize scheduling?”
I am in a magnet middle school on a flexible schedule. I have an extremely supportive administration and staff and an enthusiastic student body that’s eager to learn. I realize that these circumstances won’t apply to everyone and that I’m very lucky to be in the place that I’m in.
That being said, here’s how and when students at Stewart Middle Magnet use our Makerspace:"
I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups. Given the spontaneity and uncertainty of these types of active learning environments, I believe educators should observe, reflect on, and analyze how learners interact with the materials, the content, the educator, and the other learners. This practice is in line with the teacher as ethnographer.
In my role as a teacher as ethnographer, I made some initial observations during my first two weeks of teaching maker education for elementary age students. With half the kids under 7, I learned a bunch about young makers.
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