Home | Learning Team Australia | Building Influence in School Libraries: Delivering on your Ideas Makerspace Starter Kit The hot new Makerspace Movement is NOT new to Murray Hill Middle School. 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. We started with video production, iMovie, Specular LogoMotion, Hyperstudio, and animation with Hollyood High kids. Here's an example of an EARLY (2003) video production called Bookfellas, featuring some Guy Ritchie-esque film direction techniques. These kids are now all grown up and we've kept evolving, too! It's OK to Start Small! I re-purposed some of my empty study carrels for this Makerspace center at the top corner of our library. As I asserted in a recent blog post about new Ed Tech trends, fads, & tech -you can start small and You Don't Have to Marry It! For the Duct Tape Craft Cubby, I used a spring loaded curtain rod to hold the duct tape rolls, bought a bright blue colored shower caddy for the scissors and other tools. Amazon Delivers! FUND Me!
Recent | Make It @ Your Library Our Makerspace Journey The Stewart Middle Magnet School Library Makerspace Journey I first started my makerspace journey at Stewart Middle Magnet School in January 2014 with a few bins of K’nex spread out on some library tables. It then grew and expanded into a thriving program and a vital part of the library and school. Take a look back at our journey and see what we learned along the way. The Makerspace changed, grew and evolved since it was first conceived and started in January 2014. (Note: I left Stewart in May 2017, but the makerspace there continues to grow. Quick Background on Stewart Our school was originally Blake High School, a segregated high school that opened in the 1950s. Our school has a focus on engineering, robotics, aerospace and video game design.
What Exactly Is the Maker Movement? While born of an age-old concept, the "maker movement" officially turns 10 this year. But that doesn't mean you should feel bad if you're still not exactly sure what it entails. Luckily, to commemorate this decade anniversary, Harry McCracken, the technology editor for Fast Company, has written a comprehensive primer on the movement, detailing it's origin, founder, and what the heck it really is. As McCracken explains, technology writer Dale Dougherty wrote the inaugural issue of Make magazine, which was "aimed at the sort of hands-on technologists who might hitch a disposable Kodak film camera to a kite," in February 2005. Dougherty coined the term maker to describe the homegrown innovators using their hands to create, build, and tinker. (Interestingly, Dougherty also apparently coined the now ubiquitous term "Web 2.0.") It's not so different from the educational "movement" of sorts to turn STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math, into STEAM, by adding arts.
The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts | MindShift Arguably, those who believe a public library is simply a repository of print books haven’t been to a public library lately. Here at MindShift, we’ve been covering the ways in which the library is evolving to change the demands of digital technologies and of its patrons: libraries are becoming learning labs, innovation centers, and makerspaces. Of course, the public library has always been a community center as much as a place to go to check out books to read, so the new extensions of the library’s service may not be so far afield from the institution’s mission to provide access to information. Even so, much of the emphasis has been on literacy — reading and writing, digital and analog — and not on other forms of creativity. But three graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies have launched a project that points to another important way in which libraries play a key role in their communities. Q. creative work. Q. Q. Q.
A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources "There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015." What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. Makerspaces, also called hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are collaborative spaces where people gather to get creative with DIY projects, invent new ones, and share ideas. There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015. Articles & Blog Posts on Makerspaces 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10. ) It all started with a training offered by the Washington State Library… Part of the “Between the Lines” series of the Washington State Library Blog, this post describes one library manager’s first encounter with STEM-based makerspace programming. 12.) Maker Faire Makerspaces Directories 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) Revitalizing Community Spaces
9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students. Maker education spaces can be as large as full high school workshops with high-tech tools, or as small and low-tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. A makerspace isn't just about the tools and equipment, but the sort of learning experience the space provides to students who are making projects. Maker Ed places a premium on the balance between exploration and execution. Small projects lend themselves to indefinite tinkering and fiddling, while larger projects need complex, coordinated planning. Often, small projects can organically grow into larger and larger projects. Maker education provides space for real-life collaboration, integration across multiple disciplines, and iteration—the opportunity to fail, rework a project and find success. Smaller Scale Maker Education Projects
Maker Faire Founder Dale Dougherty On The Past, Present, And Online Future Of The Maker Movement "More than mere consumers of technology, we are makers, adapting technology to our needs and integrating it into our lives. Some of us are born makers and others, like me, become makers almost without realizing it." With those words, technology writer Dale Dougherty opened his column in the premiere issue of Make magazine, dated February 2005. As its contents indicated, the new publication was aimed at the sort of hands-on technologists who might hitch a disposable Kodak film camera to a kite. Or crack open an iPAQ PDA to replace its battery. In his column, Dougherty was articulating his publication's mission, as the editor of every new magazine does. In short, Dougherty's 2005 vision proved to be, well, visionary. That wasn't exactly Dougherty's plan. Still, without Dougherty's rallying cry, there might not have been any obvious overarching notion linking topics as disparate as robotics, 3-D photography, and leathercraft. "Martha Stewart For Geeks" New Digs, New Dreams
Down the library path Bernadette Bennett, Kerry Gittens, and Lynette Barker When you are working with like-minded people sometimes the planets align and between you clarity can be achieved. The Hunter region has always had a strong professional body of Teacher Librarians (TL), gathering in small groups by region, education sector, and at the annual MANTLE conference. In 2006, the Hunter's TLs at the local Diocesan schools formed a group to create a Diocesan Information Skills strategy and accompanying programming guide that would provide consistency across the Diocese. The NSW Department of Education and Training's Information Skills Process (ISP) was used as the basis for creating the guide. As time progressed, changes occurred that started a few of us thinking about the model: There was increasing discussion about Guided Inquiry and Inquiry models, with a focus on Inquiry in the incoming National Curriculum. Connect and Wonder What do I already know? Discover and Learn Where can I find this information? 1. 2.
Library as Incubator Project Learning with The Labs: professional development for all staff We’ve been documenting the evolution of The Labs at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh since 2012, when the project had just secured a pilot grant. It’s all grown up now, and has grown up into a thoughtful and responsive makerspace model that adds real value to to the conversation. Check out the whole series on The... Ulysses Mapped by Leopold’s Day This post was originally published June 2012. Friday Linkubator Roundup | June 5 – 11 We’re in full summer mode now! A Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia We love to hear about arts-incubating programs that were inspired by programs or ideas shared on the Library as Incubator Project, such as the Garden of Poetry at Branksome Hall Asia, an all-girl international boarding school in Korea. “Artists in the Archives”: Part 2 This post was originally published June 2013. Friday Linkubator Roundup | May 29 – June 4 Book to Boogie: “The Watermelon Seed” “Artists in the Archives”: Part 1
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