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As LHS teachers explore and implement PBL and design thinking into their curriculum, there is an increased need for spaces, resources, and tools to support all students in all content areas. Teachers are seeking support in planning and implementing of PBL and Design Thinking projects.

Students come to the library seeking support and the resources they need to complete their projects.

These resources are from experts/pioneers and our peers about designing, implementing and managing personalized learning spaces in a high school. 5 Steps To Redefining Your Library - Ideas & Inspiration from Demco. The School Library as Change Agent. Perhaps the most valuable real estate in a school is its library.

The School Library as Change Agent

Here’s why: It is my belief that libraries offer a unique two-part invitation to learners. 10 Steps to a Better Library Interior: Tips That Don’t Have To Cost a Lot. By Traci Lesneski, September 9, 2011 An interior designer weighs in with simple, effective, and inexpensive steps that can be taken to reinvigorate your library At a time when many of our country’s libraries need an update owing to age and higher-than-ever expectations from patrons, available dollars for renovations are all too scarce.

10 Steps to a Better Library Interior: Tips That Don’t Have To Cost a Lot

Fortunately, there are simple, effective, and inexpensive steps that can be taken to re­invigorate your library interior. You are in your building every day, so you probably don’t even see the interior anymore. Anythink Libraries. Digital Innovation in Learning Awards. Application and Nomination Eligibility Application Process Awardee Benefits.

Digital Innovation in Learning Awards

Makerspaces are changing schools. This video isn't encoded for your device May 6, 2016, 12:54 PM 3,356 America is in the midst of a "Do It Yourself" (DIY) renaissance.

Makerspaces are changing schools

Spurred on by networks like HGTV and DIY, as well as websites like Pinterest, people of all stripes are getting in on the action. One of the hotbeds of this maker movement? Creating School Library Makerspaces. While there is no clear, single definition to the term makerspaces (Burke, 2013; Fontichiaro, as cited in Bell, 2015), there are commonalities existing in terms of features, functions, goals and activities that makerspaces provide.

Creating School Library Makerspaces

Mac Smashing - Home. MakingintheLibraryToolkit2014. SparkFun Electronics. The True Adventures of a High School Librarian. Is Design Thinking the same as “making”? People often ask me two questions about Design Thinking.

Is Design Thinking the same as “making”?

First, is the same as making, and second, do I like it. It’s obvious there are similarities and overlaps, and similar ways that they can be implemented well (or not so well). I think design is the key to modern STEM education, but it’s a mistake to think that using Design Thinking methodology is the same as teaching design. Design Thinking gets the “big D, big T” treatment because it’s a methodology invented at the Institute of Design at Stanford University (also known as the with assistance from ideo, a product design and consulting company.

Design Thinking, both in its origin and existing implementation in K-12 schools is grounded in product design and end user empathy. A search for solutions assumes that the problem is defined properly and we all agree on the values inherent in defining the problem — no small assumption. A different kind of literacy. Aaron and Colleen Graves, the new librarians at Denton High School and Ryan High School, respectively, have been updating their schools’ definitions of “library” one tiny engineering project at a time.

A different kind of literacy

Both librarians spent their summer moving shelves, getting rid of periodicals and reference texts and opening up the libraries’ layouts. Use Your Words: Optimizing Content for Growth. Use your words Optimizing Content for Growth (A Blow-by-Blow of My Talk at SXSW for Those Who Missed It, or for Those Who Want to Relive It Again.

Use Your Words: Optimizing Content for Growth

And Again!) After a few private power poses and some inspired nostril breathing, Evany Thomas takes the stage at 11am on Saturday March 14, at the 2015 SXSW interactive conference. The GCAA Makerspace. Makerspace featured on KSDK!

The GCAA Makerspace

(11/7/13) Thank you to Erich Vieth (GCAA Parent) for producing this video! At Grand Center Arts Academy, the density of students with artistic sensibilities is incredibly unique. Tlvirtualcafe.wikispaces. 2015 Back to School Special!


Chat Archive: Join us as we kick off the newest season of the #TLChat Virtual Cafe Webinar Series with special guests Andy Plemmons, Diana Rendina, and Nikki D. Robertson! Leave with inspiring ideas to make this the best school year EVER! aSTEAM Village Science Technology Engineering Arts Math Education. Invent to Learn Workshop Shopping List and Downloads.

The following are some of our favorite things and stuff used in Invent To Learn workshops. Enjoy! IDEA WATCH: Making Space for Makerspaces. Libraries have been too long thought of as a warehouse—a place to go to get things. But they’ve always been much more than that: a place for interactions between librarians and teachers and students, a place where students create projects with the assistance of the library staff, a place where students go to interact with ideas. Makerspaces in school libraries are a natural fit with the mission of the library—and they are springing up in public libraries all over, providing excellent models for school libraries to model their own spaces after. At first I admit that I viewed makerspaces as a fad, but the more I have learned about them and the more examples I have seen of them, I’ve realized they can be a very powerful fit with the library mission.

NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S LIBRARY. When Sheri McNair, library media specialist at James I. O’Neill High School in Highland Falls, NY, came to her district four years ago, she stepped into a very traditional space that was mostly taken up by free-standing stacks of books, traditional wooden tables, and eight computers that “needed to go,” she laughs. McNair quickly realized that she was spending most of her time scraping the heavy wooden desks across the floor, rearranging the space to encourage classes to come in. So the first thing she did was move the freestanding stacks. “I put the books around the perimeter, which opened up a ton of space. Professional Books. Experts. Middle School Maker Journey: Preparing for the Capstones. In architecture, a keystone (also known as a capstone) is the central stone in a rounded arch required for it to stand.

In education, according to Wikipedia, a capstone course (or experience) "serves as the culminating and usually integrative experience of an educational program. " In this post, I'll share our Digital Shop capstone experiences, what they'll entail for each grade level, why they matter, how they support our educational mission, and how to refine this approach for next year. Why Capstones? Why All Grade Levels? "What if you could bring back shop class, but orient the projects around things the community needed? " Johns Hopkins U - Digital Media Center. The DMC is a multimedia lab space as well as an equipment, printing and knowledge resource for students interested in exploring creative uses of emerging media and technology to communicate their ideas.

In addition to our highly-skilled professional staff, the DMC is staffed by a cadre of 24 well-trained student staff who work with members at every level of their projects. How a School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent. Listen to the full interview: Teens to take over Central Library’s third floor - The Downtown Blog. Renderings of the new Teen Service Area on the third floor of the Central Library. Renderings of the new Teen Service Area on the third floor of the...Central Library.

Students work in the current Teen Service Area at the Central Library. The floor plan of the new Teen Service Area on the third floor of the Central Library. New Teen Spaces from Coast to Coast. Teens are taking center stage—literally—at new library teen spaces throughout the country. From Boston to San Francisco, libraries are focusing on what their teens need and achieving great responses. Memphis Public Library CLOUD901 Velocity Leadership Video. CLOUD901 Features – Memphis Public Library. Audio Production Lab (not currently sponsored): Lay down the next hit track to come out of Memphis. Record and produce audio using sound isolation booths and professional sound mixing equipment. Video Production Lab (not currently sponsored): See yourself on (or behind) the big screen. Tl sustaining makerspace. WHS RECORDING STUDIO PRESENTATION VIDEO. SisOps: Girl-Friendly Tech Programs. Participants in Black Girls Code are among the growing number ofstudents bolstered by tech initiatives designed primarily for girls.Diane Christina Photography (courtesy of Black Girls Code) Three years ago, Kimberly Bryant, then an engineering manager with an electrical engineering background, decided to create the organization Black Girls Code so that kids like her own daughter, Kai, 15, “could see girls as creators, not just consumers.”

It worked. Our Learning Commons and Mission. Making it Real at Monticello High School – ASBJ. Monticello High School Learning Commons Tour. Demco Webinar Mix It Up 032316. YALSA nationalforum final. Grants. Possible PD conferences to attend. Library Pioneers to Follow. The Hooch Learning Studio. Architecture, Psychology... and Furniture? Engaging Teen Library Spaces, Programs & Outreach. Trying to understand how to stay relevant to your teens? Libraries across the country are looking at what they need to do to provide services and spaces to keep their teens engaged. San Francisco Public Library noticed several years ago that they were seeing fewer teens in their libraries and wanted to do something about it.

Collaborating and Making in the Library Learning Commons. Personalized learning: Why your classroom should sound like a coffee shop. Teens at SFPL. Not So Distant Future.