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Adult Lab Coats -Makerspace Lab. Makerspace Ideas & Resources For Maker Education. Login. 2: Up and Running - Maker PD. Resources Archives » MakerBridge. Lessons from New Jersey’s Annual Makers Day. Chances are many of us grew up wanting to do something that would make the world a better place.

Lessons from New Jersey’s Annual Makers Day

In New Jersey, that seems to be an even more common dream. From Thomas Edison’s light bulb, Bell Laboratories, and the famous “Trenton Makes, the World Takes” bridge, our state’s culture is solidly built on thinkers, makers, and doers. Yet I’ve always been more about people than things, so when maker spaces started to take center stage in our industry, it puzzled me that so many people thought they were just about “tech stuff.”

We marvel at the 3-D scanning, video editing, and product design software, but at times forget the people who controlling—and creating—that very same tech. What about the manufacturers? It seems that I wasn’t alone in my belief that makers exist in all of us. 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.

Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space

Anderson I didn’t think 2015 would be the year I created a teen maker space, but it was—and it turned out to be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience. After six months of planning, our maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ohio, where I am the YA services coordinator, opened last month. How did it come together? Organically. We started planning anyway. Jensen (left) with students using the button maker.

Start small Our first challenge was space. How We Built Our School Makerspace. Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Sharona Ginsberg. In our latest 2015 In-Depth Interview with Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic libraries, sponsored by SAGE, we spoke with Sharona Ginsberg, MakerBridge Coordinator and learning technologies librarian, at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Academic Movers 2015: In Depth with Sharona Ginsberg

Ginsberg launched the MakerBridge Project—a community with Maker information, tools, and best practices for librarians and educators—when she was still in graduate school at the University of Michigan School of Information, and has made it a point to advocate for inclusiveness in the Maker movement. What do you do in your role as learning technologies librarian? I teach workshops and informational sessions to various classes from all departments, basically about technology.

A lot tends to [involve] creating multimedia for video and audio projects, and I’ve done some workshops on how to work with presentation software, like Prezi. A big part of [my job] is working with the equipment in the library. People’s needs shift and change. Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric. While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers.

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases. Part 1: Process The process of making in the classroom needs to be incorporated in the final grade. Photo credit: Lisa Yokana As part of a recent project in my school's senior-level public policy class, students crafted scale models of Lower Manhattan in preparation for a disaster simulation. Students created a scale model of Lower Manhattan in City 2.0 at Scarsdale High School. Part 2: Understanding Students must demonstrate an understanding of materials and tools. Untitled. New Ideas for Better STEAM Programs. It was full STEAM ahead during the third week of SLJ’s online Maker Workshop.

New Ideas for Better STEAM Programs

The lively group of public and school librarians (and Twitter followers using the #LTCmaker hashtag) heard from two leaders in the initiative to add art to STEM-based maker spaces, aka STEAM. Allison Vannatta of littleBits’ global education team shared news of their innovative electronic module kits. She was followed by Arapahoe (CO) Library District Supervisor of tech experience and digital services Nick Taylor revealing the latest development in his maker space realm. Open hardware ingenuity draws younger kids Back in 2011, MIT Media Lab alum Ayah Bdeir had an idea. The result was littleBits, a line of DIY electronics lessons that encourage young tinkerers design and prototype an amazing range of inventions. There is a huge and growing network of littleBits devotees, sharing ideas and lessons on the Community page of, as well as on YouTube. The small color-coded modules are logically arranged.

Starting a makerspace with (virtually) no budget. 5 Truths about Making and Makerspaces in Our Libraries. 4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space. Editor's Note: Elissa Malespina, Jennifer LaGarde, and Laura Flemming contributed to this post.

4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

I have always been infatuated with libraries. As a child, my mom used to take me to the local public library for story time. Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers. Over the past year I had the privilege of leading a team to create makerspaces in 15 high schools around the Bay Area.

Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

Our goal was to learn how to help educators create makerspaces in schools and use making in the classroom. DARPA, which funded our program, eventually wanted to take what we learned and create makerspaces in 1,000 schools. While our DARPA funding ended in December, we believed so strongly in the benefits of these spaces that we continued to support our pilot schools until the end of the year. This was particularly rewarding work. Most of us have enjoyed watching someone’s eyes light up at Maker Faire, but listening to a high schooler describe his or her first open-ended project was very powerful. Every space in our program was different. Process Making requires two sets of skills and the confidence to try something new. The second set of skills can be thought of as diagnostic and problem-solving skills. The first is what we call a level I project or a skill builder.

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.

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space

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. What are OER?