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Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Mobile Maker Spaces. The production cart includes a tripod with iPad Pro mount, a piano keyboard, professional lighting, mics, headphones, and various items to help students produce movies, videos, and podcasts.

Mobile Maker Spaces

The concept was pretty straightforward, but the logistics were a bit complicated. We wanted to create four mobile maker space carts that could rotate among four middle school libraries in the Knox County School district of Knoxville, TN. It all started when our director of instructional technology, Theresa Nixon, encouraged us to apply for a TeacherPreneur Grant to fund a traveling maker space program.

Our funding goal was approximately $50,000. Requesting this much money meant that we needed a an idea that dazzled. 5 STEM tools you can use for any subject. Makerspace Starter Kit. The hot new Makerspace Movement is NOT new to Murray Hill Middle School.

Makerspace Starter Kit

Eighteen years ago we designed and opened the school with the idea that we would have creation labs in the Media Center, GT room, and the TV studio. Circulating Maker Kits: A Twist on Library MakerSpaces. Q&A with Makerspaces Innovator Laura Fleming on the Best Creative Spaces in K–12. Laura Fleming has quite a bit of knowledge about makerspaces.

Q&A with Makerspaces Innovator Laura Fleming on the Best Creative Spaces in K–12

She’s created them at the elementary, middle and high school levels. A former classroom teacher, Fleming became a library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey at the behest of her principal, Eric Sheninger, also a well-known education figure. A frequent blogger and makerspace advocate, Fleming also is author of the bestselling Worlds of Learning: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School. Fleming spoke recently with EdTech Managing Editor Jena Passut about makerspaces and how she makes the best spaces for the kids in her school. EDTECH: How did you first become interested in makerspaces? FLEMING: This is my 19th year in education. My involvement in makerspaces goes back to when I was an elementary school librarian. How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning. Back when I was in school, libraries were all about books — books, books and more books.

How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning

During my frequent visits to the library, I would pore through encyclopedias and fill out countless checkout cards before heading home with a backpack full of reading material. Of course, teachers also scheduled regular media time so students could use the library’s computer pod, but technology wasn’t nearly as integral to the library experience as it is today. The advent of the digital age had a profound impact on school libraries. Expanding Internet use gave students access to academic texts from their home computers and, later, from mobile devices.

That change has forced the school library to shrug off its title of knowledge gatekeeper and embrace its role as a steward of collaboration and innovation. Libraries and the Makerspace Movement. Innovation Labs and Makerspaces. Innovation Labs Home | Innovation Labs Page 2 | Innovation Labs Page 3 - Resources | Libraries & Learning Commons | STEM | 21C Learning Slideshow on right: We Make Makers!

Innovation Labs and Makerspaces

The new Innovation Labs, Makerspaces, and Learning Commons. You can play this slideshow full screen and see the videos of this presentation by clicking on the youtube or vimeo links, or by playing the Innovation Labs and Makerspaces Videos at the bottom of this page. Download the PPT here. December 11, 2015: How to Host a Maker Dine and Design Evening, blog from the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIPI). Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes. While the Maker Movement continues to grow, it hasn't yet gained its greatest traction, which currently sits untapped in the minds of the students in front of us.

Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes

Through forming partnerships with community makerspaces or building a school makerspace, educators and decision makers everywhere have the rare chance to help bring this truly all-inclusive learning experience into their schools, districts, and communities in order to help all students. Here are four ways that the "new industrial revolution" will help your students succeed and help breathe life back into your craft. Fail Better! Spend some time as an educator on social networks like Twitter, and you will quickly come across memes, quotes, and countless links to evidence that failure is a necessary milestone in the learning process. For all the talk of how this sometimes-painful process is vital to growth, people rarely share examples of how to facilitate room for healthy failure in the classroom.

How We Define Makerspaces. On March 14, 2016, I moderated #TLchat along with Melissa Ray.

How We Define Makerspaces

Our topic focused on bringing makerspaces and creativity into the library. Check out the full transcript of the chat – there were some amazing ideas and resources being passed around. Makerspace: Learning in the 21st century. "You're it," Siemsen calls.

Makerspace: Learning in the 21st century

This is what a 21st century library looks like. Housed in the L.B. Gamestar Mechanic. STEM Activities Introduce Teens to Cool Tools at the Library. (TNS) — BURLINGTON, Wash. — Sedro-Woolley High School student Larissa Macomber was using some odd materials to create music last week at the Burlington Public Library.

STEM Activities Introduce Teens to Cool Tools at the Library

With what is called a "MaKey MaKey" kit, Macomber used clips attached to wires and connected to a banana and gummy bears to make different noises — some melodic, others less so. "Now they know those things conduct electricity," said Jenny Fredriksen, the library's Teen Librarian. "That's what I really try to do with our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities: Give them something to start with and then let their imagination take over. " The library has been offering teen-focused after-school programs since the beginning of the school year, Fredriksen said.

Lego Time Starts Young Children on the STEM Path at Local Libraries. (TNS) — It's a kid's dream: bins and bins of Legos, endless numbers of colored bricks, wheels, wings and pieces from long-retired sets.

Lego Time Starts Young Children on the STEM Path at Local Libraries

It's Lego time at Timberland Regional Libraries, which schedule regular building events so children can express their creativity. Lego events differ from library to library, but most sites in the Southwest Washington library system offer the popular gatherings, which draw 15-40 kids. Some events are structured for different ages, and libraries generally schedule the events weekly, bi-monthly or monthly. Kristin Fontichiaro: Getting kids started with maker spaces. Make Way for Makerspaces: Catching up with Make It @ Your Library. The Makerspace movement erupted in the early 2000s with designated spaces for communities to come together, use tools and learn skills.

The Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library was the first U.S. public library to install a permanent makerspace in 2011 with its “Fab Lab.” One year later, librarian Katy Hite decided to explore makerspaces by co-founding Make it @ your library, a website that offers “curated maker content for libraries. " Make it @ your library was first envisioned in 2012 through ILEAD (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) USA, a program hosted by the Illinois State Library and supported by grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

At the program, Hite and her five-member team were paired with a mentor and asked to create a technology-driven project. By The Numbers: The Rise Of The Makerspace. <img src="<a pearltreesdevid="PTD2777" rel="nofollow" href=" class="vglnk"><span pearltreesdevid="PTD2778">http</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD2780">://</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD2782">pixel</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD2784">. Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space. Teens tinker with littleBits at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, OH.Photography by George C. Middle School Maker Journey: Assessment in an Ungraded Classroom. "I'm done! " Those two words have extra special meaning in my program because, generally speaking, student design work is never really finished -- it's just ready for another iteration.

What, then, is the role of assessment, especially in an ungraded program such as mine? Who should do the assessing? Me, as lead learner? The student? Mediasource.actonservice. Opportunity beckons Kathy Ishizuka, Executive Editor The new Computer Science for All initiative is a bold step, providing $4 billion in federal funds to boost CS in schools. While not explicitly named as a project partner by President Obama, librarians can play an important role. Student Led EdCamp Period Takes NCMS To New Heights – NCMS Innovates. Last summer, we began to implement a series of changes to our school and programs in the interest of better serving the needs of our students and community. How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning. Leading the Maker Movement. Over the past year more and more schools across the globe have embraced the concept of making to learn.

This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident. To begin to understand the educational value of making we must look at the roots of this movement. EDU LibrariansGuide V1 7. The Makerspace Is Doomed. Virtual Makerspace. Edcamps are redefining professional learning. A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space. Dynamic, living, breathing, current, personalized, adaptive, engaging, creative, cutting-edge, and current are just some of the words that have been used to describe the open educational resources (OER) movement.

The U.S. Department of Education recently expanded its efforts to increase schools’ access to high-quality, openly licensed learning resources, giving educators more access to technology to personalize learning for their students. School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? More and more schools are coming to value maker education and exploring ways to create makerspaces in their schools. Many schools are discussing how they might utilize their library to facilitate this. As my school has increased our commitment to constructionist learning and maker education over the last few years, we have done so in close collaboration with our school library.