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. What are OER? OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits sharing, accessing, repurposing—including for commercial purposes—and collaborating with others. The benefits of using OER in the maker space The Williamsfield School District in Illinois has been leading the OER charge. Because of their capacity to stimulate creativity, OER are the perfect complement to the maker space movement. A switch-activated circuit from “High-tech Fashion.”
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. 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 Touted as the “greatest show and tell on earth,” Maker Faire has emerged as the official international celebration of not only creativity, resourcefulness, and innovation but also a mass gathering of the maker movement at large. Makerspaces Directories 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) Revitalizing Community Spaces
Junior Maker Space | Association for Library Service to Children The Association for Library Service to Children is happy to be working with LEGO Systems, Inc. to bring Junior Maker Spaces to libraries across the country. This project will focus on giving children ages 4 to 6 areas to make and create in their local libraries. Through this project LEGO is providing 750+ libraries nationwide with a physical toolkit to host ongoing Junior Maker sessions in children’s reading areas. Each toolkit includes over 10,000 LEGO® bricks, an inspirational poster, activity guide and salient academic insights from the Cultures of Creativity report. Toolkit Download this FREE Junior Maker Librarian Toolkit for information and inspiration on how to host a Junior Maker Session in your library. Junior Maker Librarian Toolkit - PDF Junior Maker Librarian Toolkit - Word Document Junior Maker Space Programs at libraries Are you providing young children in your community an opportunity to “make” at your library? For further inspiration please watch the Junior Maker video.
Home Videos/Podcasts Keynote: MakerSPACE Camp edweb.net Webinar: Creating a Makerspace at Your School Rutgers MLIS Colloquium: Creativity, Connectivity & Story! BAM Radio Network Podcast: Wondering about makerspaces and what it takes to set one up? If so, this is the segment for you. Tune in to learn the ABC's of what is required to get started. Flying By the Seat of Your Pants: TableTop Inventing Podcast NJEA Classroom Closeup: A demonstration of a collaboration between English as a Second Language teacher and school librarian on integrating technology into instruction. Society for Scholarly Publishing: The Transmedia World Inanimate Alice Trailer ISTE SIGLib Webinar- 'Digital Librarianship' TL NewNight- Tech Segment CBS News– NMHS Makerspace The EdCollab Gathering- Rigorous Learning Through Makerspaces CBS News– Virtual Classrooms
Middle School - LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 - Why Robotics At LEGO® Education, we remain committed to transforming the future of education and helping every student to succeed. Our proven and unique system for learning has never been more relevant: a hands-on, minds-on approach– the core of which is the enduringly engaging and versatile LEGO brick – designed to help students take ownership of the learning process, enabling them to actively develop the problem-solving skills and collaborative outlook necessary to become creators, not just consumers. 15 years in STEM with Robotics In 1998, the LEGO Group revolutionized the world of popular and educational robotics with a pioneering concept: LEGO MINDSTORMS. Teachers immediately realized the power of this hands-on technology and curriculum in engaging and motivating students to learn science, technology, engineering, and math concepts while equipping them with the real-world knowledge and 21st century skills required to be successful in today’s global society. – Sasha Chizhik – Caroline Hanson
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Programs | MACUL 2014 – Maker Space Activity & Curriculuar Connections At the Master’s in Educational Technology Booth at the MACUL14 conference, we created a mini Maker Faire, inspired by the larger maker movement that challenges us, as a program, to imagine technology integration in creative, authentic and meaningful ways. As a program, we embrace the idea of creating, not just consuming and encourage our students to think of ways to repurpose the world around them for their curricular and pedagogical goals. We have purposefully integrated the maker mindset into one of our classes — CEP 811 — and today, we discovered that MACUL attendees LOVE to make things. Over 160 teachers and technology integration professionals joined the maker magic! (Full picture set at: We featured two “maker” activities today, a simple paper-based circuit and a more complex sewn circuit. Maker Activity #1: Paper Circuit Name Badge(Inspired by Materials Step-by-Step Instructions Troubleshooting 1. 2. 3. 3. 4. 5.
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