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How to transition to a virtual and physical learning commons, with 21st century principles
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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.

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Informal learning takes place on a daily basis when students are allowed to explore their potential with #MakerSpaces or design.

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Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products | UpNext: The IMLS Blog

Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products | UpNext: The IMLS Blog | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
As maker fever hits America’s makerspaces, libraries, museums, and schools, the focus is often on tools and products: what we bought, and what people made with it. These are important data points that validate purchases and provide tangible evidence that our efforts have borne fruit. But, there are more maker stories to be told: about access, diversity, and agency.

Via John Evans
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Fun #makerspaces in learning commons.

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A Principal's Reflections: Impact of a Makerspace

A Principal's Reflections: Impact of a Makerspace | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
RT @E_Sheninger: New post: Impact of a Makerspace http://t.co/HDRirBGfz3 #edchat #cpchat #edtech #njed #digilead

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Way to go Makerspace librarians!  You are changing education one day at a time:)

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Don Wilson's curator insight, December 18, 2014 3:22 PM

Great library media specialists have a unique skillset needed by learners and coaches in ULearn Academy.

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Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk

Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public mis­understanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.
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Makerspaces in the learning commons.  #scienceliteracy, #projectbasedlearning, #tinkertoys

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Preparing Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet — Making DIY

Preparing Our Kids for Jobs That Don't Exist Yet - Making DIY - Medium
Childhood passions that seem like fads, sometimes even totally unproductive, could be mediums for experiencing the virtu…
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MakerEd article on new DIY site.  *****

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School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' - Education Week

School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' - Education Week | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"The term "maker space," Ms. Fontichiaro said, has no single definition. The spaces can be high-tech, low-tech, part of the school curriculum, or part of an after-school program. Some aren't even called maker spaces. The only central theme is that of creation and innovation." 

 

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""People think, 'Oh, I need a 3-D printer that's $2,300. I can't afford that,' " said Ms. Fontichiaro of the University of Michigan. "You can afford a junk box. You can afford a ream of paper. You can afford a white board that you can make out of [materials] from the home-improvement store."For Ms. Rosheim, the bulk of her $8,000 grant was spent on storage needs, high-tech materials ranging from $50 to $400, and organization of those materials. The space's most expensive item—the 3-D printer—came as a donation from the school's PTA."


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Maker spaces and learning commons is here to stay!

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Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED

Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

MakerspacA survey by John Burke at Miami University found that 109 libraries in the US had a makerspace or were close to opening one. Others are hosting events like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where residents plumb the library's resources to create articles about local history.

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Makerspaces in the learning commons keep libraries relevant in the age of innovation and new technologies!  Science literacy is just another literacy needing more oomph!  Watch for makey makey kits coming your way to our learning commons this fall!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 6, 2014 2:47 PM

Makerspaces in the learning commons keep libraries relevant in the age of innovation and new technologies!  Science literacy is just another literacy needing more oomph!  Watch for makey makey kits coming your way to our learning commons this fall!

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Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions

Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 11, 2014 1:29 PM

This site was shared by my friend @dramaticscience in regards to creating new learning pathways and #makered ideas.  Now how to incorporate this into our learning commons Ning as a starting place for passions?

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 17, 2014 1:42 PM

Fun site for your students to learn how to do and make new things!