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Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started
As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons from another nexus in the universe: public libraries. Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of Make Magazine — and the de facto leader of the Maker Movement — has a vision to create a network of libraries, museums, and schools with what he calls “makerspaces” that draw on common resources and experts in each community. Libraries and museums, he said, are easier places to incorporate makerspaces than schools, because they have more space flexibility and they’re trying to attract teens with their programs. “Schools have already got the kids,” Dougherty noted wryly, at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. One day during the conference, dubbed Maker Monday, focused on the Maker Movement, which emphasizes learning by engaging in tech-related projects. “Why are you here?” Related

Creating School Library "Makerspace" Home » Creating School Library "Makerspace" School Library Monthly;Feb2013, Vol. 29 Issue 5, p41 The article discusses the creation of so-called makerspaces in school libraries, where students and staff can create, do problem solving, and develop thinking. The adaptation of the original makerspace concept to primary, intermediate and middle grade school libraries is mentioned. The importance of allowing students to have creative freedom in a makerspace is addressed. Fostering Thoughtful Self-Direction in Students.

More libraries switch to KOHA catalogue system This month, two European public libraries announced their move to KOHA, the open source library system. First, on 16 January, the Oslo Public Library - Norway's largest public library - stated that it will make the open source catalogue system the core of its new library building, to be opened in 2017. The library of the Swedish Institute of Rome, in the Italian capital, made an announcement on 20 January. The institute - funded by the Swedish Ministry of Education - will switch to KOHA in the next few months. The Oslo Library's Digital Services team explains on its website that it selected KOHA after having considered purchasing proprietary alternatives and developing one of their own. Decision criteria included the possibility to adapt the system to future needs, the potential for integrating it with other systems and the costs involved in procurement and operations. Next to the main library, the Oslo Library comprises 17 branches in the city, in two prisons and in one hospital.

“Fostering a digital culture in the primary school library: developing creativity through gaming.” | Reflecting & Journaling 4 INF530 “Fostering a digital culture in the primary school library: developing creativity through gaming.” What does this mean? What would it look like? Is it possible? This essay is an analysis to demonstrate this scenario is not only possible but is within the role of twenty first century school libraries. A primary school library – what does it look like and what is its role in the fast changing, collaborative and participatory technology rich world of the 21st century learner? Retrieved from There’s no doubt school libraries are changing. [Hear David Loertscher discuss "Learning Commons" with Vicki Davis, #65. Kenny’s (2011, p. 11) summary of the findings of CISSL researchers Todd, Gordon & Lu (2011) lists libraries as helping to shape the culture of the school, with access to a variety of resources and providing a gateway to the global world. Retrieved from Retrieved from Creativity – what is it? References

The Makings of Maker Spaces, Part 1: Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption Maker spaces in libraries are the latest step in the evolving debate over what public libraries’ core mission is or should be. From collecting in an era of scarce resources to curation in an era of overabundant ones, some libraries are moving to incorporate cocreation: providing the tools to help patrons produce their own works of art or information and sometimes also collecting the results to share with other members of the ­community. Maker spaces promote learning through play; have the potential to demystify science, math, technology, and engineering; and encourage women and under­represented minorities to seek careers in those fields. They also tie in to the growing trend of indie artists in every medium—including books—who are bypassing traditional gatekeepers, taking advantage of new tools to produce professionally polished products, and going direct to the web to seek an audience. Libraries around the United States offer tools for patrons to learn by doingBy Lauren Britton R.

Makerspace in your school library Earlier this year I wrote a post about Hackerspaces and Makerspaces, after attending the Computers in Libraries conference in Washington. I met up with Buffy Hamilton for lunch, and as ever was inspired with the responsive way she grabs an initiative and runs with it. So I wasn’t surprised to find Buffy writing Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries where she ‘nailed’ the opportunity. Now here she is, putting forward the New Chapter for 2012-2013 proposal for A Makerspace Culture of Learning at the Unquiet Library. Love it! In a sense, this is not a new concept at all, particularly for primary schools, as kids are hands-on and experimental in their classroom experiences. Hackerspaces and makerspaces provide outstanding opportunities for synergy in our new learning environments. Image: cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by Pete Prodoehl

iPod and iPad Links - Slide to Learn iPod and iPad Links Below are some links to pages related to iPod Touches and iPads- either with an educational context, or general hints and tips. General:Slide to Learn beginners guide to the iPod touch, iPhone and iPadLearning in Hand - Tony VincentCanby School District, Oregon, USA - Great instructions for all levels of school use - short sharp reviews of app+accessory combo products - with an education verdict Moms With Apps - site for parents who are also developing apps Apple Education - Mobile LearningApple Learning Interchange - iPod TouchiEducation App Reviews site - run by Scott MeechQuestionPress (formerly QuickieQ): An online Quick Question Response System, with specially designed iPod touch interface iPod Touch Classroom Hottest Apps - great collection of short, to the point education app reviews by Apple-Distinguish Educators - education app listings by subject, multiple intelligence's & Blooms taxonomy. iPad: Digital story telling with the iPad Like

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling A Novel Educational Digital Storytelling Tool Focusing on Students Misconceptions Panagiotis Psomosa, Maria Kordakib Year: This paper describes the design and implementation of a new educational digital storytelling tool for the design and creation of multimedia digital stories to support students in reflecting on and overcoming their learning difficulties. Link: Citation: Panagiotis Psomos, Maria Kordaki, A Novel Educational Digital Storytelling Tool Focusing on Students Misconceptions, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 191, 2 June 2015, Pages 82-86, ISSN 1877-0428, Using Digital Storytelling and Weblogs Instruction to Enhance EFL Narrative Writing and Critical Thinking Skills among EFL Majors at Faculty of Education Dr. Educational Research (ISSN: 2141-5161) Vol. 5(1) pp. 8-41, January, 2014 DOI: http:/ A.

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article written by Katie Lepi that originally appeared on June 7th, 2014. We believe this information is still highly relevant, but we wanted to update it with the latest thinking. To do that, we invited writer Michael Sledd to take the reins. Education has traditionally focused on the basic “3Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic. This naturally leads to the question of what those skills are or will be, and while there are other excellent suggestions out there, Pearson’s 2014 edition of “The Learning Curve” report lists the 8 skills below as those most necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Understanding and Teaching These Skills In order to incorporate these skills into their lessons and to develop student ability in each area, teachers must first understand what these things truly mean. Leadership People have discussed leadership for centuries, and generated a wide array of different definitions and theories about what it means. Takeaway

Scaffolding Research and Guided Inquiry Quotes from Sir Ken Robinson’s 2013 TED talk Do Schools Kill Creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson Posted: Updated: TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new op-eds, thoughts and responses from the HuffPost community. Watch the talk above, read the blog post and tell us your thoughts below. Become part of the conversation! I've spoken twice at TED. I'm surprised and delighted to say that my first talk remains the most viewed of all TEDTalks so far. In the past six years, I've had countless emails and tweets from young people who've shown it to their parents and teachers; from teachers, who've shown it to their students and their principals; from parents who've shared it with their kids, and from leaders who've shown it to their whole organizations. There are two main themes in the talk. Ideas are not set in stone.