The STEM Maker Library Grant

In all the craziness of last year, I forgot to blog about one of the grants we received.  Almost every year that I’ve been a media specialist, I’ve applied for a grant from the Hillsborough Education Foundation.  In previous years, I’ve applied for more graphic novels, books geared towards reluctant readers, and audiobooks.  This year, … Read more

How to Choose Books to Support Your Makerspace

How to Choose Books to Support Your Makerspace // Books are an essential part of any makerspace. Here's advice on how to choose the right books for your particular makerspace and school.

Why We Need Books in Makerspaces Books play an essential role in all makerspaces, whether they are in the library or not.  Instructional books can support students in learning complex skills and tools. Project books can give ideas and inspiration for what to make next.  Art books can provide visual inspiration.   Professional development books can … Read more

The Renovated Learning Philosophy of Makerspaces

The Renovated Learning Philosophy of Makerspaces // Putting into words your ideas and philosophy on a particular concept isn't always easy. In this post, I attempt to articulate my own personal philosophy on makerspaces in schools.

Writing a post like this isn’t easy.  I feel like I know in my heart what my philosophy on makerspaces is, but putting it into tangible statements seems harder.  So I started thinking about this more as a manifesto – if I was to make a grand statement about what I feel the value of … Read more

3 Myths About Libraries, Makerspaces And Books

3 Myths About Libraries, Makerspaces and Books : The are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about how school libraries and makerspaces co-exist - this post addresses 3 of the myths surrounding makerspaces, libraries and books.

3 Myths About Libraries, Makerspaces and Books Even though they’ve been around since 2013, school library makerspaces still have a lot of misunderstandings surrounding them.  This confusion can come from administrators, teachers, students and the librarians themselves. Unfortunately, believing these myths can often cause decisions to be made about libraries that are detrimental to the … Read more

Makerspaces and Libraries: How to Bring Some STEAM into Your Program

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*Page contains affiliate links. Actions taken may result in commissions for Renovated Learning Makerspaces and Libraries: Concurrent Session Version Makerspaces and the Maker Education movement are quickly taking hold of the library world. In this session, you can learn what the Maker Movement is and find some ways to get started bringing Science Technology Engineering … Read more

Makerspaces 201

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(Post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using them, I get a small commission that helps support running this blog) Makerspaces 201: I’ve Got Cardboard, Now What? The Maker Movement is taking the education world by storm and many teachers and librarians have been excited to create makerspaces in their schools. But once you’ve … Read more

Makerspaces and Libraries: Workshop Version

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(Post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using them, I get a small commission that helps support running this blog.) Makerspaces and Libraries: Workshop Version Makerspaces & Libraries: How to Bring Some STEAM Into Your Program (Updated 7-17 Workshop Version) from Diana Rendina 90 Minute Version Updated 10-18 Makerspaces & Libraries Workshop 90 minute … Read more

Read this Book: The Big Book of Makerspace Projects

Read this Book: The Big Book of Makerspace Projects | Colleen and Aaron's new book is a fantastic resource for teacher, students, parents or anyone else interested in learning some new skills through some fun, hands-on maker projects.

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects is definitely the next book you should add to both your school and personal library.  Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves offer up 51 awesome makerspace projects in this book that are fun and doable no matter what level you’re at. Why The Big Book of Makerspace Projects should be … Read more