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Why Duct Tape and Cardboard Might Be a Better Option than a 3D Printer – John Spencer

Why Duct Tape and Cardboard Might Be a Better Option than a 3D Printer – John Spencer | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
A few days ago, I met Manuel Herrera at MORENet. He has an amazing maker space where students engage in creative thinking on a daily basis. It’s a bastion of creativity and wonder and his passion for it is contagious.

However, as we talked about prototyping and design thinking, he mentioned something surprising.

“We have a 3D printer, but only a few students know how to use it for creative purposes. Most students download templates and print things out. There’s not much actual creative thought that goes into it.”

“So, what’s the answer?” I asked.

“I think they need to start by making things by hand,” he said.
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Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making | MindShift | KQED News

Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making | MindShift | KQED News | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
Making with early elementary students is not only possible, but incredibly rewarding. Alice Baggett describes how the maker mindset has helped her students to own a growth mindset while having fun learning.
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Making with early elementary students is not only possible, but incredibly rewarding. Alice Baggett describes how the maker mindset has helped her students to own a growth mindset while having fun learning.
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Making Culture - Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies Center

Making Culture - Expressive & Creative Interaction Technologies Center | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
Making Culture is the first in-depth examination of K-12 education makerspaces nationwide and was created as part of the ExCITe Center's Learning Innovation initiative. This report reveals the significance of cultural aspects of making (student interests, real world relevance, and community collaboration) that enable learning. The research highlights how makerspaces foster a range of positive student learning outcomes, but also reflect some of the gaps in inclusion common in the STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math) fields. The report was co-authored by Drexel School of Education researchers Dr. Kareem Edouard, Katelyn Alderfer, Professor Brian Smith and ExCITe Center Director Youngmoo Kim.



Making Culture is the product of a year-long investigation visiting 30 K-12 education makerspaces across 12 metropolitan regions map conducted through in-depth interviews with students, instructors, and leadership alongside observation and study of each space and its programs.
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MIT Developing Assessments To Quantify Makerspace Educational Value

MIT Developing Assessments To Quantify Makerspace Educational Value | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
The problem with makerspaces in school, and maker-centered education in general, is that they don’t fit into the traditional educational structure. Multiple skills are developed at the same time. Success can be personal growth. There is no one right answer to a problem. There is no test to show what a student has learned. In short, their value can’t be quantified.

Traditionally, administrators and boards of education that control budgets don’t like that. They want to measure learning. Where are the standardized tests that score perseverance, creative problem solving, tinkering, critical thinking, and collaborative skills? How do you assess a makerspace as an educational tool?
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The problem with makerspaces in school, and maker-centered education in general, is that they don’t fit into the traditional educational structure. Multiple skills are developed at the same time. Success can be personal growth. There is no one right answer to a problem. There is no test to show what a student has learned. In short, their value can’t be quantified.

Traditionally, administrators and boards of education that control budgets don’t like that. They want to measure learning. Where are the standardized tests that score perseverance, creative problem solving, tinkering, critical thinking, and collaborative skills? How do you assess a makerspace as an educational tool?

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Let Teens Lead in Makerspaces

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Public library makerspaces also help teens who might be on the fringes of school social groups. “[We] give them a place where they feel like they belong,” Merlin says. “They’re here for the tech—and also here because it’s a safe space.”

In Merlin’s Creativity Lab, teens work together who might not otherwise cross paths at school. They especially feel proud to bring friends and show off what they know. “That thing on the wall?” they say. “I made it.”
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Public library makerspaces also help teens who might be on the fringes of school social groups. “[We] give them a place where they feel like they belong,” Merlin says. “They’re here for the tech—and also here because it’s a safe space.” In Merlin’s Creativity Lab, teens work together who might not otherwise cross paths at school. They especially feel proud to bring friends and show off what they know. “That thing on the wall?” they say. “I made it.”
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The Classroom or Library as a Makerspace – JackieGerstein Ed.D. –

Makerspaces like vocational shops and science labs are great additions to schools. They often contain the tools, machinery, and technologies associated with making — 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, high tech robotics, vocational tech machinery. These are great for educational institutions and learners that can afford them. Problems occur when administrators, educators, learners, and communities come to believe that maker education is synonymous with these tools and spaces. First, they may be out of budget for schools especially those serving lower income populations. Second, the regular classroom teacher or librarian may be intimidated with these advanced tools and technologies. Finally, in order to prevent maker education in becoming the educational flavor of the month, administrators, educators, and libraries need to not be seduced by these high tech tools. The longevity and sustainability of maker education will depend on making it feasible, approachable, and accessible to the masses of educators.

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Makerspaces like vocational shops and science labs are great additions to schools. They often contain the tools, machinery, and technologies associated with making — 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, high tech robotics, vocational tech machinery. These are great for educational institutions and learners that can afford them. Problems occur when administrators, educators, learners, and communities come to believe that maker education is synonymous with these tools and spaces. First, they may be out of budget for schools especially those serving lower income populations. Second, the regular classroom teacher or librarian may be intimidated with these advanced tools and technologies. Finally, in order to prevent maker education in becoming the educational flavor of the month, administrators, educators, and libraries need to not be seduced by these high tech tools. The longevity and sustainability of maker education will depend on making it feasible, approachable, and accessible to the masses of educators.
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Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.
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Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels.
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Want To Create a Budget-Friendly Makerspace in the New Year? Think, Plan, and Organize. | Make:

Want To Create a Budget-Friendly Makerspace in the New Year? Think, Plan, and Organize. | Make: | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
When designing a space, a couple things are clear, while you don’t need a lot of money to start you need a minimum of a clearly defined vision, mission and purpose. Whether you plan to ring in the New Year in a brand new makerspace or undergo a makerspace reboot, here are some tips collected from the STEAM Symposium experts and from the San Diego Maker community to get you going.
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When designing a space, a couple things are clear, while you don’t need a lot of money to start you need a minimum of a clearly defined vision, mission and purpose. Whether you plan to ring in the New Year in a brand new makerspace or undergo a makerspace reboot, here are some tips collected from the STEAM Symposium experts and from the San Diego Maker community to get you going.
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Connecting Making, Designing and Composing - DML Central

Connecting Making, Designing and Composing - DML Central | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
In her closing keynote at FabLearn a couple years ago, Leah Buechley turned a critical eye on the maker movement. If you don’t know Buechley’s work, she is arguably one of the maker movement’s central players, founding the former High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab and inventing the LilyPad Arduino, among many other contributions. She is a champion of making, which makes her all the more thoughtful in her critiques. Buechley asks us to consider who gets to make and who is represented in the maker movement. I thought about her keynote a lot this fall as I moved through a range of conferences focused on digital literacies, design thinking, and making.
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In her closing keynote at FabLearn a couple years ago, Leah Buechley turned a critical eye on the maker movement. If you don’t know Buechley’s work, she is arguably one of the maker movement’s central players, founding the former High-Low Tech group at the MIT Media Lab and inventing the LilyPad Arduino, among many other contributions. She is a champion of making, which makes her all the more thoughtful in her critiques. Buechley asks us to consider who gets to make and who is represented in the maker movement. I thought about her keynote a lot this fall as I moved through a range of conferences focused on digital literacies, design thinking, and making.
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Edible Innovations: Maker Faire Rome Showcases the Future of Food | Make:

Edible Innovations: Maker Faire Rome Showcases the Future of Food | Make: | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
100,000 visitors and over 700 projects from over 60 countries came to Maker Faire Rome, a faire that's been nicknamed Maker Faire Europe.
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Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking

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Makerspace, Standards and a Look at Computational Thinking – Michael Gorman

As you might know, I believe all transformative practices must be based in the standards. These standards must include both content and process standards (4C’s). Too often, I see wonderful activities that engages students… but also see important standards that could have been incorporated not present in the activity.

The idea behind the Makers Movement includes allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. The idea of making is not a new concept. In fact, the art of making is at the root and mixed into to the very fabric of our culture. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make. As we reflect on this… how are you using the Makerspace idea to engage students in content standards while facilitating and assessing process skills?
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We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make. As we reflect on this… how are you using the Makerspace idea to engage students in content standards while facilitating and assessing process skills?
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Kindergartens as global makerspaces? An open answer to some questions for a future curriculum

Kindergartens as global makerspaces?  An open answer to some questions for a future curriculum | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
Dear Gerrit. You and I have on some occasions discussed the future curriculum of pre-school teachers in Europe and especially on how kindergartens and makerspaces can use the possibilities of the Internet. Here is an open answer with some reflections on the subject. You are leading the Erasmus+ project, Mini-Maker, where I take part. Not all users of this blogpost might know the project, so just a few words on it. The goal is to develop a curriculum for a course for pre-school teachers in Europe on digital media competences. Makerspaces play an important part in the development of this future curriculum. One can follow the project on among others this website (http://mini-maker.de/en/#home).

My question to you and me is at the moment like this: What should the pre-school teacher know and be able to do when he or she together with the children in a makerspace situated in a kindergarten start to use the internet and its possibilities for communication, play and production?
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My question to you and me is at the moment like this: What should the pre-school teacher know and be able to do when he or she together with the children in a makerspace situated in a kindergarten start to use the internet and its possibilities for communication, play and production?
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How to Make a Circuit Block

How to Make a Circuit Block | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
Circuit Blocks exist in many different forms throughout museums around the world.  A circuit block is a set of components, switches and power sources that can be tethered together to allow people to explore electricity in a safe and easy manner.  We have been building and facilitating circuit exploration for the past several years at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.  Circuit Blocks have become a staple activity in MAKESHOP.  We don’t buy our circuit blocks from some special museum store.  We make them ourselves.  All of the Teaching Artists in MAKESHOP have their own distinct style of circuit block; some are more refined than others.  All of the Circuit Blocks start with the same set of tools and materials.  The following instructions will give you a general idea of how to create a simple power source block and a component block.
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A nice bit of hands on work - I remember doing this as a primary school student about 45 years ago...
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The Free Universal Construction Kit | F.A.T.

The Free Universal Construction Kit | F.A.T. | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it

F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests. 


The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. Our adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).

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The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. Our adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).

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Universities Working to Make Library Metadata Searchable on the Web

Determined to take advantage of the semantic web, Stanford Libraries is working with the libraries of Cornell, Harvard and the University of Iowa to continue the development of a "linked data" metadata environment.
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Determined to take advantage of the semantic web, Stanford Libraries is working with the libraries of Cornell, Harvard and the University of Iowa to continue the development of a "linked data" metadata environment.
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The Maker Movement Meets Literacy

The Maker Movement Meets Literacy | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
The maker movement is all about making learning meaningful through creating new solutions. Some of you may say to yourself, “My school doesn’t have a makerspace”… Or “I don’t have time to build in maker experiences with my students in our busy schedule.” I am here to share with you that you can design maker experiences while meeting CA CCSS standards in English language arts. During CUE BOLD I shared this lesson idea that bridges the maker movement and students deepening their learning about story structure and plot development. This is a lesson that can be utilized in any grade level.
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The maker movement is all about making learning meaningful through creating new solutions. Some of you may say to yourself, “My school doesn’t have a makerspace”… Or “I don’t have time to build in maker experiences with my students in our busy schedule.” I am here to share with you that you can design maker experiences while meeting CA CCSS standards in English language arts. During CUE BOLD I shared this lesson idea that bridges the maker movement and students deepening their learning about story structure and plot development. This is a lesson that can be utilized in any grade level.
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Construir experiencias que hagan crecer a los usuarios en las Bibliotecas.... "aprender haciendo, crear y desarrollar las destrezas" Compartir experiencias creativas!!! 

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#Assessing #Maker #Education #Projects - Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein

#Assessing #Maker #Education #Projects - Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
As maker education infiltrates more formal educational settings, there’s been and will continue to be efforts to include assessment as part of its implementation. It is important, though, to keep in mind the characteristics of maker education and the role assessment has within it.

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As maker education infiltrates more formal educational settings, there’s been and will continue to be efforts to include assessment as part of its implementation. It is important, though, to keep in mind the characteristics of maker education and the role assessment has within it.
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What to make something happen? Consider UW-Stout's 100% online course: 

EDUC 660: Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

https://wwwcs.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/maker.cfm

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The New Librarian: How to lead a tech-integration revolution

The New Librarian: How to lead a tech-integration revolution | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it

Throughout my career, I’ve had the good fortune to work in various capacities as a librarian and with all levels of learners, from kindergarten through doctoral students. Presently, I’m a school librarian at North High School in Downers Grove, Ill., where I have the good fortune to be one of three full-time librarians in a school that serves 2,200 students. Additionally, I teach an online course called “Introduction to Libraries and the Information Age” at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Whether or not technology is your favorite part of being a school librarian, there are simple ways to increase your value by connecting with teachers and offering assistance. Use your “librarian reference interview” skills to listen, ask questions, and offer suggestions.
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Whether or not technology is your favorite part of being a school librarian, there are simple ways to increase your value by connecting with teachers and offering assistance. Use your “librarian reference interview” skills to listen, ask questions, and offer suggestions.
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Creating space for equity in making | Remake Learning

Creating space for equity in making | Remake Learning | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
As makerspaces spread and grow, how do we ensure that resources for making are equitably distributed?

The greater Pittsburgh region is home to more than 150 makerspaces, with schools, libraries, and after-school programs that provide area students with maker opportunities.

That has many questioning whether all students will receive the same access and resources. Equitable access and diversity—along many different lines—have come to the forefront of many ongoing discussions within the maker movement.
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As makerspaces spread and grow, how do we ensure that resources for making are equitably distributed? The greater Pittsburgh region is home to more than 150 makerspaces, with schools, libraries, and after-school programs that provide area students with maker opportunities. That has many questioning whether all students will receive the same access and resources. Equitable access and diversity—along many different lines—have come to the forefront of many ongoing discussions within the maker movement.
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Blockchain in the Library? Researchers Explore Potential Applications - EdSurge News

Blockchain in the Library? Researchers Explore Potential Applications - EdSurge News | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
Blockchain is a hot topic—the buzzword of the year, according to The Guardian. The technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain promises a new, decentralized way of recording and storing data. Experts are speculating about its potential uses in business, law and education, and San José State University’s School of Information has received a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to find out whether blockchain could be useful for libraries.

“I heard about blockchain at a conference about two years ago,” says Sue Alman, the project’s co-principal investigator and a lecturer at San Jose State who teaches a course on emerging technologies. “There was a presentation from the Institute for the Future about using blockchain for credentialing—creating one authenticated source where an individual could store all their credentials. I thought, wouldn’t it be great if a library or information center could use that and people could store their credentials there?”
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Blockchain is a hot topic—the buzzword of the year, according to The Guardian. The technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain promises a new, decentralized way of recording and storing data. Experts are speculating about its potential uses in business, law and education, and San José State University’s School of Information has received a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to find out whether blockchain could be useful for libraries. “I heard about blockchain at a conference about two years ago,” says Sue Alman, the project’s co-principal investigator and a lecturer at San Jose State who teaches a course on emerging technologies. “There was a presentation from the Institute for the Future about using blockchain for credentialing—creating one authenticated source where an individual could store all their credentials. I thought, wouldn’t it be great if a library or information center could use that and people could store their credentials there?”
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A year in the life of a student-centered library

A year in the life of a student-centered library | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
There’s no “typical” day for a library media specialist. In one school day, we can teach a class about fake news, help one student find the perfect resource for his research project, and guide another toward a “just-right” book series that appeals to her personal interests. For 21st-century media specialists, the idea of the library as a quiet space is out and creating new opportunities for deeper learning with students is in.

Our district, Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is the eighth-largest school district in the nation. We provide a wealth of educational opportunities for students and families that range from Head Start to adult-education programs within our 227 traditional public and magnet schools. We are a melting pot of urban, rural, and suburban areas. The word “diverse” doesn’t begin to describe our wide array of students and schools. It’s our job to make sure that at every school, every student has equitable access to high-quality reading, learning, and technological resources.
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There’s no “typical” day for a library media specialist. In one school day, we can teach a class about fake news, help one student find the perfect resource for his research project, and guide another toward a “just-right” book series that appeals to her personal interests. For 21st-century media specialists, the idea of the library as a quiet space is out and creating new opportunities for deeper learning with students is in.
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A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
Third graders designed a makerspace for their school. Then they got their budget approved and built it.
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Library blog » Blog Archive » What makes a Makerspace?

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Our maker community is just as important as our new larger venue. To commemorate the launch of the new Makerspace we asked prominent members of our maker community why the Makerspace is important to them

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Our maker community is just as important as our new larger venue. To commemorate the launch of the new Makerspace we asked prominent members of our maker community why the Makerspace is important to them
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The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians Most People Never Think About

The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians Most People Never Think About | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
Being a librarian is not an easy job, and it’s not because we occasionally have to clean up vile messes. It’s not easy because, like Steven Assarian explained in his article, “As a Business Librarian, I Help People Find Their Passion,” people sometimes come to us at a crossroads. They’re afraid of making a mistake that may put their lives in turmoil. Heck, sometimes their lives are already in turmoil. Librarians take on that chaos; we have no choice but to face down the power, joy and suffering both, that people bring into our space. That’s the emotional labor of librarianship. It’s not something we often talk about to the public, or even that much to each other. But it’s real, it’s hard, and it’s important. Thank you for letting me share a little about it.
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Today, I was at the reference desk and a patron told me that it’s like she’s been asleep for years and it was time that she woke up and started learning about the world. Can you believe my luck? Purely by chance, it was I that was going to help her do it!

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Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection

Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it
Jackie Gerstein is an experienced educator who has been working as a classroom teacher and pre-service teacher trainer for years. With a background in experiential learning, Gerstein is excited about current trends in education that have more people excited to try project-based learning, maker education and other approaches that let students get hands-on with their learning.

She hopes all the excitement turns into robust, meaningful change in how mainstream teachers educate. To do that, she says it’s crucial that teachers not only focus on the materials and tools of a maker activity, but also carefully frame it and reflect upon it to make sure learning happens.

“If we don’t create a process of reflecting and framing them, then we are leaving learning up to chance,” Gerstein said on a panel about makerspaces hosted at the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.
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“If we don’t create a process of reflecting and framing them, then we are leaving learning up to chance,” Gerstein said on a panel about makerspaces hosted at the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.
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Maker Movement Grows in K-12, with Librarians Leading the Way, Finds SLJ Survey

Maker Movement Grows in K-12, with Librarians Leading the Way, Finds SLJ Survey | Makerspaces, libraries and education | Scoop.it

Old-fashioned board games and puzzles are what first drew students at a Jacksonville, NC, middle school into the library’s maker space. Now they’re experimenting with Snap Circuits and coding robots. At a rural school in Maryland, library participation has increased because of activities such as 3-D printing and Tinkercad design—especially among girls. 


Meanwhile, at an elementary school in Iowa City, IA, students work at a “tinkering table” in the library, taking apart old equipment and using scrap pieces to make new creations, such as jewelry and robots.

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How are you supporting the makers in your building? How might you provide some maker activities so bring students in your Library?