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70+ Educational iPad Apps Curated by Teachers for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Utbildning på nätet

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4 Steps to Planning a Successful Makerspace

4 Steps to Planning a Successful Makerspace | Library Media | Scoop.it
Despite all the press makerspaces receive, not all are successful. Oftentimes when schools create makerspaces, excitement builds for the first few weeks as students create and explore. But as time passes, students lose interest, and the makerspaces languish silently, gathering dust. The tools that filled those makerspaces — big and small, expensive and reused, high-tech and no tech — waste away, a constant reminder that the schools' investment was all for nothing.

An autopsy reveals the cause of death: "They didn't really plan and create a makerspace that's authentic to their community," said Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High in New Jersey, and author of Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School.

But it doesn't have to end this way. By following four steps, education leaders, students, teachers, parents and community members can work together to plan vibrant makerspaces that go the distance.

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John Evans's curator insight, July 6, 2016 3:13 PM
Love this quote from Laura Fleming at the end of the article:

""There is no one right way to do this (makerspace)," Fleming said. "It's all about doing it in a way that works best for your school community."