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Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes

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. 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. Bridging The Gap

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How We Define Makerspaces On March 14, 2016, I moderated #TLchat along with Melissa Ray. 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. What do Great Makerspaces Have in Common? Since creating my makerspace and more recently, since publishing my book on makerspaces, I have had the honor of having conversations with, as well as working with, people all across the world. One of the most important lessons I have learned is that…. Through my makerspace work, I have also had the opportunity to see first-hand the qualities that great makerspaces share. Makerspaces should be unique and meaningful to the wants, needs, interests of the individual schools that they are in.

Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing "Design thinking gave me a process to weave through all of the project–based learning experiences I create with my kiddos." "As a leader of a #NextGen school, design thinking is our continuous innovation process." "Design thinking reminds me all the time why I became an educator; it all starts with empathy." An Oasis for Educators The quotes above -- full of insight and affirmation -- are just some of the many that I've heard from educators taken by the power of design thinking and moved to bring it into their practice. When we started the @K12lab at Stanford's back in 2007 we began with a hunch that design thinking would be a great tool for educators to deploy in their classrooms and schools, and that ultimately, it would be a useful process for kids working through interdisciplinary challenges.

Makerspace: Learning in the 21st century "You're it," Siemsen calls. This is what a 21st century library looks like. Housed in the L.B. Education Week Washington Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot—or as under-researched—as "Maker" education. The term generally refers to using a wide variety of hands-on activities (such as building, computer programming, and sewing) to support academic learning and the development of a mindset that values playfulness and experimentation, growth and iteration, and collaboration and community. Typically, "Making" involves attempting to solve a particular problem, creating a physical or digital artifact, and sharing that product with a larger audience. Often, such work is guided by the notion that process is more important than results. The Maker Movement has its roots outside of school, in institutions such as science museums and in the informal activities that everyday people have taken part in for generations.

Beginner’s Guide to Maker-ize An Elementary Classroom – HonorsGradU When most penny-pinching, time-crunched, and exhausted teachers hear about lofty ideas like the MakerSpace movement in education, they are likely to dismiss it as another passing and impractical fad. However, the more we investigate, the more convinced we are that there are practical–and profoundly meaningful–ways for teachers to implement its ideals, even in an elementary school classroom. Benefits of Maker Spaces “Makerspaces come in all shapes and sizes, but they all serve as a gathering point for tools, projects, mentors and expertise.

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. 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?

Makerspaces should not be specialspaces, they should be in classroomplaces – Blogush I realized in January of 2016 that the blog post I was writing was #498. Yikes…#500 was coming up and would have to be special. I was kind of taken aback by the number.

Make time for… curiosity This posts is the second in a series about making time in your classroom, even when you don’t feel like you have any! Here is the first: Make time for… relationships What’ll happen if I put my head in here? Sure it may have killed a mythical cat. But is that old saw really any reason to extract revenge on curiosity one student at a time? Yet that is what happens in classroom after classroom, day after day.

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. 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. "I really wanted to make a space for teens in our community," she said.