6 Ways to Rethink Your Library Space and Make it Amazing

6 Ways to Rethink Your Library Space and Make it Amazing | Over the course of five years, I've worked to renovated and redesign the library at Stewart Middle Magnet. Here, I share what I learn in six lessons that you can apply to your own library or classroom.

Over the past five years, we have redesigned our media center and transformed it into a more flexible, collaborative space.  This is the story of how we got there, and how you can apply what we learned as you rethink your library space. Want to learn even more about transforming your library space?  Check out my … Read more

How to Build An Awesome Makerspace Resource Library

How to Build an Awesome Makerspace Resource Library : Having books on topics related to makerspaces is essential for supporting the independent learning of your makers. In this post, I offer up ideas for books to add to your makerspace library. | RenovatedLearning.com

The Makerspace Resource Library I’ve been a Maker in one form or another for a long time, way before that word was even common.  I learned how to sew from my mom in high school.  In college, I learned how to knit and crochet from my best friend.  I frequently dabbled in other crafty enterprises … Read more

Build of the Week: littleBits Facetime Car

*Build of the Week is a regularly occurring segment on Renovated Learning where I share some of the awesome stuff my students have been making over the past week.*  This build isn’t actually from this week, but is instead something my students made last month.  I finally got all the videos and photos together this week. … Read more

5 Tips for Starting a Makerspace on a Budget

5 Tips for Starting a Makerspace on a Budget | This post links to my article for the ISTE Scanner. In the article, I talk about my five tips for starting a makerspace on a budget, including cultivating a vision,

  When I talk to other librarians and educators about starting a school Makerspace, one of the most common things I hear is: “I’d love to do (insert cool Maker activity) at my school, but we don’t have a budget for that”.  What many people don’t realize is that the idea that you need a … Read more

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