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Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out'

Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' | Making | Scoop.it

New library learning labs envisioned as spaces where teens can create content instead of consume it.

 

-Emanuella Grinberg


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WWFD: What Would Frankenstein Do? |The Frankentoys Project

WWFD: What Would Frankenstein Do? |The Frankentoys Project | Making | Scoop.it
Colorado youth librarian Andrea Wyant shares an innovative program for kids and teens. Chop, saw, hammer, tape, glue and sew old toys into wild and beautiful creations called Frankentoys.
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MaKey MaKey | Buy Direct (Official Site)

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MaKey MaKey: Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone
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Next on my list of family toys!

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Help make Saint John's 1st Makerspace happen

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“For instance, kids could come into the library for our Christmas activities, design their own cookie cutter, print it out on the 3D printer and then go home and bake something special for Grandma and Grandpa,” says McKend, the children’s librarian. “I’ve read about kids who are using 3D printers to design their own iPhone cases – that’s really popular. It’s all about letting them imagine something and then help them make it real.”

 


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Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch

Summer Reading: STEM Fun with Ooblek of Dr. Seuss, MaKey MaKey, and Scratch | Making | Scoop.it

Integrating STEM with your summer reading program doesn't have to be hard or expensive. Got a banana? Some cream of tartar? Let the fun, and learning, begin.

 

-Ashley Kazyaka


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If you like Legos and robots, you will love TinkerBots | GigaOM Tech News

If you like Legos and robots, you will love TinkerBots | GigaOM Tech News | Making | Scoop.it

Kinematics CEO Matthias Bürger snaps block after block together. Within 30 seconds, he has formed them into a racecar. He pulls out a remote control app on a tablet and begins directing the car to zoom forward and backward.

 

The car is the result of Kinematics’ dream to make a toy that is as easy to use as Legos, but connected. The collection of snap-together TinkerBots modules range from wheels to motors to adapters that let you add on regular Legos. TinkerBots kits are available for the first time today on Indiegogo, where they are selling for $159 to $499.

 

“You can really build anything with it,” Bürger said. “There’s no other toy that can…learn like this.”

 

During a demo, Bürger created a little crane for a Lego man, an ant and a dog. Each model relies on a red cube known as a Power Brain that acts as the brain for the toy. It attaches to other modules that bend, twist or just sit still, allowing you to create whatever you want. Bürger said Kinematics is working on rotors to turn TinkerBots into drones, plus sensors that allow them to avoid obstacles or interact with light. At some point, the company is considering adding tiny solar panels that would put children in touch with their energy usage.

 

Kinematics plans to provide a remote control app that is compatible with TinkerBots toys, but you can also directly teach them a motion. If you hit the record button on the Power Brain, move a TinkerBot and then press the play button, it will repeat the motion back to you. It’s a quick and simple way to make a robotic dog walk or ant crawl.

 

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How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads - Jonathan Wylie

How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads - Jonathan Wylie | Making | Scoop.it
It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. Learn how to do it with the Green Screen app by Do Ink.

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Christine Lombardo's curator insight, May 20, 2015 10:22 AM

I can see a lot of potential ways to enhance lessons and class projects with this. 

tom cockburn's curator insight, May 20, 2015 11:49 AM

Have a go!

Funnelbox's curator insight, May 20, 2015 12:17 PM

Cool.

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Here’s a quick way to connect students and STEM experts

Here’s a quick way to connect students and STEM experts | Making | Scoop.it
Website helps students learn real-world value of STEM A new online platform helps connect students and teachers to real-world STEM professionals in an effort to help students link classroom STEM lessons to careers and how they might use STEM...

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I wonder if there is something similar to this in Canada, and/or for libraries...

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What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care? | Scholastic.com

What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care? | Scholastic.com | Making | Scoop.it

by Gary Stager

 

"Both of these classes exemplify the trend that is pushing its way into more schools-the maker movement. The shift to "making" represents the perfect storm of new technological materials, expanded opportunities, learning through firsthand experience, and the basic human impulse to create. It offers the potential to make classrooms more child-centered: relevant and more sensitive to each child's remarkable capacity for intensity. Making is predicated on the desire that we all have to exert agency over our lives, to solve our own problems. It recognizes that knowledge is a consequence of experience, and it seeks to democratize access to a vast range of experience and expertise so that each child can engage in authentic problem solving."


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Boy genius builds braille printer from Lego

Boy genius builds braille printer from Lego | Making | Scoop.it
The next time your kid is whiling away the hours with bits of Lego, leave him be.

There`s a good chance that Shubham Banerjee, a California seventh grader, did the same before he created a braille printer out of Lego for a science fair project.
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Kansas teen uses 3-D printer to make hand for boy - KansasCity.com

Kansas teen uses 3-D printer to make hand for boy - KansasCity.com | Making | Scoop.it
Mason Wilde has always had a passion for figuring out how things work. But what the 16-year-old Louisburg High School junior made about two months ago changed the life of a family friend’s 9-year-old son who was born without fingers on one hand. Using a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library, Wilde made a prosthetic hand that opens and closes and can even hold a pencil. “He’s awesome,” said Matthew, thrusting his mechanical hand high above his head.

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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code | Making | Scoop.it
The main reason for encouraging students to learn to code usually centers around future jobs. These reasons are perfectly valid, but there are many more.

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Paul Herring's curator insight, May 24, 2014 5:44 PM

Some very perceptive and thought provoking points regarding the value of coding.

GwynethJones's curator insight, June 1, 2014 11:04 AM

Great article!

Sheila Fredericks's curator insight, June 2, 2014 12:11 PM

Good reasons for students should learn to code.

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Passion-Based Learning, Week 6: Minecraft, Lego & Makerspaces

Passion-Based Learning, Week 6: Minecraft, Lego & Makerspaces | Making | Scoop.it
Principal Matt Renwick is sharing weekly reflections about an afternoon computer club he and a teacher are sponsoring as an enrichment activity.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: UPDATED: Want to Learn About Makerspaces? Here are 41 Resources

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: UPDATED: Want to Learn About Makerspaces? Here are 41 Resources | Making | Scoop.it

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Lourense Das's curator insight, May 3, 2014 10:02 AM

41 resources for (school) media specialists on Makerspaces: updated version

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, May 4, 2014 10:33 AM

Makerspaces and libraries definitely seem like a good match.

Tricia Adams's curator insight, May 9, 2014 8:52 AM

Useful resources if you're thinking of having a makerspace in your library

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Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started | Making | Scoop.it

As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons..."


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 6, 2014 4:31 PM

Create a learning experience for your students.

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 20, 2014 4:36 PM

Still contemplating this.  I'll have a better idea of space once we complete some minor renovations this summer in the library.


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From 3D selfies to prototypes: Toronto gets creative with library’s 3D printer | Toronto Star

From 3D selfies to prototypes: Toronto gets creative with library’s 3D printer | Toronto Star | Making | Scoop.it
Library card holders can use one of the two 3D printers in the Digital Innovation Hub

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LEGO Movie Maker - Make More Than Just LEGO Movies

LEGO Movie Maker - Make More Than Just LEGO Movies | Making | Scoop.it

"LEGO Movie Maker is a free iPad app for creating stop-motion movies featuring LEGO models. You have to provide your own LEGOs in order to create a LEGO movie. To create your movie with LEGO Movie Maker you build your LEGO scenes then use the free iPad app to take pictures of each scene."

 


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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, April 1, 2014 9:50 AM

Use it for any stop motion videos!

Mel A Az's curator insight, April 2, 2014 3:24 AM

I love this :)

 

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You Might Be a Geeky Teacher if You Introduce Makey Makey to Your Students

You Might Be a Geeky Teacher if You Introduce Makey Makey to Your Students | Making | Scoop.it

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 22, 2014 5:20 PM

Using Makey Makey to teach students about inquiry and the 4C's - communicate, collaborate, critical thinking and creativity.

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New Arduino for Beginners, by John Baichtal – Stephen's Lighthouse New

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Libraries Lead the 3D Printing Revolution | TechSoup for Libraries

Libraries Lead the 3D Printing Revolution | TechSoup for Libraries | Making | Scoop.it

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Ottawa Public library to add 3D printer to its collection

Ottawa Public library to add 3D printer to its collection | Making | Scoop.it
In a bid to remain relevant, the Ottawa Public Library is bringing in a 3D printer, a laser cutter, a green screen and other technological goodies. Thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Embassy, the library will open its new “maker space” at the Nepean Centrepointe library branch some time in April. Adding the new equipment is the latest move the library has made to appeal to a generation that is looking for more than just books from its public learning spaces.
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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library | Making | Scoop.it

One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library.  A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn.  When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money.  I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.


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Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 15, 2014 3:05 PM

Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:28 PM

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

Radhika Singh's curator insight, May 15, 2014 4:21 AM

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea for using space creatively.