How to Create an Awesome Whiteboard Wall

How to Create An Awesome Whiteboard Wall | In 2014, we painted one wall of our library makerspace with whiteboard paint, transforming it into an interactive surface. Learn how you can create your own whiteboard wall in this post.

(Post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using them, I get a small commission that helps support running this blog) The Story of our Awesome Whiteboard Wall This past week, our library and Makerspace got one more step awesome with the addition of our whiteboard wall.  This was a project that I had dreamed … Read more

Written Conversation Strategies and MakerEd

I’ve been working lately on finding more ways to collaborate with my teachers on lessons.  While starting up a conversation with our marine science teacher, I learned that she was working on a unit about coral reefs with her students.  Working together, we came up with a plan to focus on coral reef restoration.  Inspired … Read more

The Great Library Makeover: Part 2

The Great Library Makeover Back in August I blogged Part 1 of how we’ve been making over our library this year.  We’ve been really busy since then with lots of good changes, including new computers and narrower library shelves in the fiction section.  Part 2 is going to focus more on our new flexible, collaborative … Read more

How to Create DonorsChoose Projects That Will Get Funded

How to Create DonorsChoose Projects That Will Get Funded | I've raised over $13,000 through 20 funded projects through DonorsChoose. It's an amazing funding resource for public schools. Here's my advice on how you can create successful DonorsChoose projects.

DonorsChoose: A Hidden Goldmine for Public Schools My first experience with DonorsChoose was in 2011.  They had a promotion with Starbucks where gift cards were given out to patrons to spend on projects.  I had several successful projects at that time, but I didn’t really use DonorsChoose much again until 2014. It was around the same time that I … Read more

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

Library Makeover Preview

I just found out a few weeks ago that my school is receiving a Lowes Toolbox for Education grant of $5,000 to transform our library!  I applied for this grant back in February, with the goal of transforming the instruction/tables side of our library into a dynamic, collaborative, Learning Commons-style space capabale of quickly and … Read more