Future of Education Technology Conference FETC 2015
January 20-23, 2015
Scroll down to access resources and slides from my presentations at the FETC 2015 conference and Executive Summit in Orlando, FL.
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Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace
Makerspaces are an amazing way to bring STEAM, creativity and informal learning into your school, but with so much information out there, many educators aren’t sure of where to get started. In this session, you will get ideas and inspiration on how to bring the Maker Education Movement into your school. Topics covered will include: cultivating a Maker culture, getting student input, finding space, securing funds and donations, gathering supplies, making it happen, and sharing with others. Throughout the presentation, you will see examples from the creation of our school’s library Makerspace, as well as examples from other schools.
Links and Resources:
- My Makerspace Resources page
- Our Makerspace Journey
- The Epic Library LEGO Wall: How to Build One
- Our Awesome Whiteboard Wall
- MaKey MaKey official site
- Caine’s Arcade
- Invent to Learn
- Worlds of Making – Laura Fleming’s blog (New Milford High School makerspace)
- Dale Dougherty’s TED Talk: We Are Makers
- Maker Faire official website
- Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace in Your School – book by Laura Fleming
- DonorsChoose – Majority of our Makerspace has been funded through this site. Only for public schools.
- GoFundMe – Another crowdfunding site that is a good option for private and charter schools.
- Curtis Elementary Library – Great example of a school makerspace
- Marymount Fab Lab – Video of Marymount Fab Lab, excellent example of a classroom makerspace
- Mobile Makerspace – Cynthia Alaniz’s makerspace on a bookcart
- The Tinkering Table
- Creation Station – A bookshelf makerspace
- What’s a learning mess? – My post on learning messes
- Sharing with the World
FETC Executive Summit Sessions
Rethinking our Library Environment: Transforming the physical space of the library into a collaborative, flexible space
Description: Over the past five years, we have worked to transform our library from a traditional, unused space into an active, collaborative space.
Links and Resources:
- My Learning Space Design resources page
- Lowe’s Toolbox for Education (funded our tables and chairs)
- DonorsChoose (funded our LEGO wall, whiteboard wall, Sphero, Hokki stools)
Digital Implementations: From Video Conferencing to Makerspace to BYOD
Stewart Middle Magnet School has been a STEM magnet school since 2000. This presentation looks at how we’ve utilized technology throughout the years and the way that we’re moving forward.