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These are resources and ideas to help librarians keep students interested and excited about the library media center.
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Supporting Students with STEM Programming at the Library | Tech Tidbits

Supporting Students with STEM Programming at the Library | Tech Tidbits | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it
High school teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares tips for implementing STEM programming at the library, including partnering with local maker spaces, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

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Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun - The Digital Shift

Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun - The Digital Shift | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it

Put to a vote among unconference participants, “Creative Spaces” won out as the topic of choice (beating by a wide margin digital relevancy, advocacy, and budgeting).

Attendees shared ideas, with an emphasis on low-cost, practical ways to implement “Maker” activities in the library.  Much of the conversation urged partnering with other organizations, including:

Reddit subcommunities. Local groups have formed around social news site Reddit. Consider hosting an event at your library. Or how about Ikea Hackers? Your local college or university. Don’t have native expertise among your library staff? Consider reaching out to a technical college or student organization to help lead programming.Area crafters. The Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library enlisted the local Etsy community to help launch projects, from making zines to bicycle tire art.Hacker spaces. From robotics and electronics to wood and metal working, these groups are springing up worldwide.
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 22, 2013 1:42 AM

Maker spaces > some ideas on how to!

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School libraries not what they used to be - Greenwich Time

School libraries not what they used to be - Greenwich Time | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it

"Fifth graders Olivia Vagner, left, and Lillian Mullen play mancala in the new "learning commons" of the International School at Dundee in Old Greenwich, Conn. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The school transformed its library media center into a much more interactive space where students spend more time doing hands-on activities. There is a new "maker space" where students create CAD designs to print with a 3D printer, different teaching spaces often incorporating outside programs and STEM activities all while keeping the elements of a traditional library media center." 


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Connecting Makerspaces to Authentic Learning | Rethinking Learning - Barbara Bray

Connecting Makerspaces to Authentic Learning | Rethinking Learning - Barbara Bray | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it
I love the idea of making, inventing and tinkering. Just watch kids who are immersed in the activities and you can see the engagement. But is the learning authentic and relevant?

I presented three sessions at the Free Maker Movement event at One Work Place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 with some amazing educators who presented hands-on activities. The event will took place at our Oakland Center for Active Learning .

I decided I needed to spend some time researching where the Maker Movement was happening and find examples of authentic learning. This gave me the opportunity to talk to several of my friends and share how they have transformed learning spaces to Makerspaces. Everyone I talked to made a point that it is about creativity not consumption. Yet when I went to different Maker events, I saw activities that an adult set up, purchased a kit or provided directions for activities. They were all fun, but I was having trouble seeing the connections to real learning or any ownership from kids.

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ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space - @sljournal

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space - @sljournal | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it
The maker movement was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that’s a good thing for me. After following maker initiatives with great interest for some time now, I have the opportunity to design a maker space this year for 6th–12th grade students at my school, Worcester (MA) Academy.


A search of this year’s program at ISTE, held June 28 to July 1 in Philadelphia, using the term “constructivist learning/maker movement” resulted in 67 related sessions. The ISTE Librarians Network hosted a maker station at their Digital Age Playground and convened a panel on library maker spaces, featuring elementary and middle school librarians, a school administrator, and the coordinator of a public library maker initiative. Vendors and exhibitors demonstrated tools, lessons, and ideas for maker spaces. Meanwhile, a four-hour Maker Playground Wednesday morning drew a huge crowd of attendees.


One of my goals at the conference was to gather ideas and tips to help me create my library’s maker space. Here are some highlights of what I discovered at ISTE."


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

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"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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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 1, 2015 12:20 PM

Maker spaces and learning commons is here to stay!

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Six Tips for Creating a Back to School Maker Space (EdSurge News)

Six Tips for Creating a Back to School Maker Space (EdSurge News) | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it
Many schools, teachers, and administrators are embracing the concept of a maker space as they begin the 2015-16 school year. What is a maker space? It is a learning environment where children, teenagers, and teachers can create and tinker together using everyday materials. Here are six tips from Garden State educators who have recently set up maker spaces in their own schools.

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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities

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Libraries are experimenting with some exciting ways to inspire and engage the community by creating meeting and maker spaces with old technology and new.

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A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space

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When schools talk about the Maker Movement and creating maker spaces, they often focus their initial thinking on purchasing the tools and materials. This resource-driven approach can create a buzz in your school for some time; however, that excitement will inevitably fade.  While resources are an important part of any maker space, taking a thematic planning approach is much more effective.


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Technology in the Classroom

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Great Tools to Create Classroom Multimedia Magazines and Books ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | See more about Mobile Learning, Educational Technology and Multimedia.


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5 Exciting Activities for Kids to Learn Coding on a Raspberry Pi by Matthew Hughes

5 Exciting Activities for Kids to Learn Coding on a Raspberry Pi by Matthew Hughes | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it
One of the best gifts you can possibly give your child is an education in computer programming. Here’s five simple ways to teach your child how to code with the Raspberry Pi.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 25, 5:45 AM
Some really great ideas here from the most basic programming to more complex learning.
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The Daring Librarian: The Way of the Lego

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 26, 6:21 PM

New Blog post featuring FREE Creative Commons Printable Posters in ALL sizes! 

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New Blog post featuring FREE Creative Commons Printable Posters in ALL sizes! 

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IN The Library ASFG: Our MakerSpace- one year later...

IN The Library ASFG: Our MakerSpace- one year later... | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it
At the end of my first year here at ASFG, I pitched the idea to have a MakerSpace in the upper school library.  A place for learners to tinker and explore personal learning. We first introduced Makey Makeys, simple building kits, robotics, arduinos, coding and video-making tools. For teachers, we held workshops and had a teacher PLC on exploring making in the classroom. For students, we had Maker Mondays, Minecraft club, Maker Camp and had seniors develop maker challenges as part of a senior project. On a daily basis, we  maintained an open space for creative exploration. 
One of our initial reasons for the MakerSpace was to allow for students to develop their own sense of self directed learning.  Many loved the sense of freedom to explore activities that they thought were 'off-limits' during school time. We have learned that many of our younger students (grade 5) engage most when older students are part of the learning activity or when the challenges are supported by adults. Many students were surprised to learn we had these 'toys' for them to 'play' with. 

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Maker Movement: Let Them Build it & They'll Learn! - Catlin Tucker

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At first, I was not sure how to introduce elements of the Maker philosophy into my English classroom. Much of the conversation around this movement focuses on technology and STEM subjects, but I see value in getting students to design and create in all subject areas. Since I don’t have any actual technology in my classroom, I had to get creative in my approach.

We were reading (performing is more accurate) Shakespeare’s play, Othello. I usually do a mini-lesson on the Globe Theatre to introduce its design, layout, symbolic spaces, and genius construction. That’s when I had an idea! Why not ask students to build replicas of the Globe Theatre? To build a model of the Globe, they would have to complete research, get creative with their materials and work collaboratively in groups. I realized that through the act of making their replicas they would probably learn more and have more fun.

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Emerging Trends in Ed-Tech: Maker Spaces, Collaborative Learning - Education Week (subscription) (blog)

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In the years to come, K-12 districts will increasingly demand ed-tech products that can help build student creativity and independent thinking, the Horizon Report predicts.

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Building a Common School Vision For Your Makerspace - Getting Smart

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As more and more educational institutions are incorporating tinkering and “maker mindset” into their educational programs, the processes leading up to that incorporation vary broadly. In some schools, spaces for “making” and tinkering are outfitted before any programmatic discussions take place among the faculty (top-down). On others, a few teachers band together and develop a makerspace with little institutional support (bottom-up).

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Maker Bookshelf: A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker Issue - School Library Journal

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One of the basic tenets and strengths of the maker movement is its emphasis on constructive and collaborative learning through hands-on, trial-and-error experimentation. While a live mentor demonstrating and leading activities is the gold standard, a growing number of titles offer inspiration, support, and clarification for a wide variety of maker topics. The following list of recommended books was crowdsourced by librarians running maker spaces and/or offering maker programming in their libraries or schools.

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TinkerSpace: Library Learning Commons - TinkerLab

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An inspiring inside peek into the Kaechele Library Maker Space, part of the TinkerSpace series that looks at art studios and maker spaces.
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Spaces & Places - Maker Ed #makerspaces #makered

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“Spaces and Places” encompasses tours and descriptions of makerspaces, schools, libraries, and museums through video, images, and multimedia content. These examples may inspire anyone looking to jumpstart or organize his/her own makerspace. In addition, “Spaces and Places” links to articles and guides with concrete tips for those who are planning or improving a youth makerspace.

Maker Ed has also created several of its own resources around youth makerspaces, including but not limited to Youth Makerspace Playbook and Makerspaces: Highlights of Select Literature, all accessible at MakerEd.org/makerspaces and included among the resources below.

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5 Tools to Make Any Library Maker Space Awesome! - E(d) TECH Function

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Libraries were always seen as a warehouse for information, filled with books, magazines, and videos. Recently however libraries across the country have started to incorporate maker spaces and provide maker classes for their patrons. Some say that this is part of the library’s natural evolution. Does it make sense for libraries to start offering maker classes? As someone who frequents the library, I believe so!

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Designing a Maker Space & Implementing STEAM and STEM through Hands-On Learning - BrainBrigade.org

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"Brain Brigade's Designing a Maker Space is the ULTIMATE guide to establishing your own Maker Space written by Jerry Hoefs who has already done it - TWICE! 

Create a classroom environment that enhances STEAM and STEM activities through hands-on learning. People also call Maker Spaces: Maker Labs, FAB Labs, Tinker Labs, Hack Centers. This concept is spreading like wildfire across the globe!

This guide will help you get a Maker Space started in your school. Whether you have a small corner in your classroom or an entire extra room THIS is the guide for you."

 

http://www.brainbrigade.org 


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John Evans's curator insight, November 4, 2015 6:40 AM

I just downloaded this great little 24 page booklet with  loads of great ideas to get started with your Makerspace in your school. Only $6.99 USD Check it out! 

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Guide to creating a Maker Space in your school - resource under $7

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What is a Makerspace? Is it a Hackerspace or a Makerspace?

What is a Makerspace? Is it a Hackerspace or a Makerspace? | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it
A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools.  These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters, cnc machines, soldering irons and even sewing machines.  A makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace.  If you have cardboard, legos and art supplies you’re in business.  It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace.  These spaces are also helping to prepare those who need the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence.  Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking,   Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and are being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups.  There have already been some amazing success stories that have come out of makerspaces to date.

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Gayle Kakac's curator insight, January 13, 8:49 PM

great info

 

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Makerspaces also figure in our list of  top 5 big trends in e-learning and education technology for 2016, including coding in classroom, internet of things connected classroon, OERs, Makerspaces and Microlearning. Read more on  http://www.assignmenthelp.net/blog/new-edtech-trends/ ;

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Student Centered Instructional Methods (Infographic)

Student Centered Instructional Methods (Infographic) | useful tools for the library media specialist | Scoop.it

I'm a teacher. Now what do I do? There are several ways to engage learners in the classroom. Here are a few ideas if you get stuck. 


Additional resources:

http://people.uwplatt.edu/~steck/Petrina%20Text/Chapter%204.pdf

http://teaching.uncc.edu/learning-resources/articles-books/best-practice/instructional-methods/150-teaching-methods

https://www.csn.edu/pages/2359.asp

http://www1.appstate.edu/~wertsmg/teachmeth.htm


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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Student+Centered+Learning



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Mar Mbodj's curator insight, January 29, 4:09 PM

Déplacement de paradigme et les méthodes pédagogiques appropriées. 

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We often tend to carry on with our typical teaching methods, and sometimes believe that the trainer needs to stay in charge of the learning event. It can be useful to check out this list... stop and evaluate the different options out there that shift the weight from teacher to learner. Surely there is a part of the learning objective that could be covered better through a learner centered approach.
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Not all learner-centered methods involve group work. Here are some other ideas.

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Makerspaces 201: I've got cardboard. Now what?

Learn about the MakerSpace program at Stewart Middle Magnet School over the last two years - starting with just three bins of K'nex and a vision, and transform…

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Maker Ed Lessons by Resource by @ColleenGraves

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Makey Makey Lessons Game Controller Challenge and blog post about MakeyMakey Challenge Simple Circuits Challenge - Science Lesson Interactive Room Challenge - Design Challenge Spanish Lesson w Scra...

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Deborah Davison's curator insight, September 20, 2015 11:51 PM

Tinkering fun

Norton Gusky's curator insight, September 21, 2015 7:22 AM

Variety of lessons to engage the young learner.

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Activities for Tech Club