GulfCoast MakerCon 2014

Gulf Coast MakerCon 14

  This past weekend I attend the GulfCoast MakerCon, which is a Tampa based mini-MakerFaire.  This was my first time ever going to such an event, and it was a great experience.  I got to network with a lot of local makers, learn about Makerspaces in the Tampa area, and even found out that we … Read more

Teen Tech Week: DIY @ Your Library

Since the official Teen Tech Week coincides with my district’s spring break, we held our Teen Tech Week activities the week before.  Many of them were so popular, that I’ll probably keep them going the week after as well. The K’nex have been an amazing addition to our library.  I’ll see students constantly tinkering with … Read more

Book Review: Design, Make, Play

I’ve been focusing my professional reading lately on books related to the Maker Education movement.  Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators, with a collection of writings by different experts and organizations in the Maker movement, did not disappoint.  This is a must read for anyone interested in Maker Education. Here’s my … Read more

3 Reasons to Rethink Your Reference Section

Like many school libraries, my district has been gradually shifting from print reference to digital reference.  Yet when I first arrived at my library four years ago, we still had several hundred reference books, filling up three large floor shelving units.  The majority of these books were out of date. Over the past four years, … Read more

About Diana

Portrait by Kimberly Yau
Hello there!  Let me introduce myself... I'm Diana Rendina, and I'm a media specialist/teacher librarian at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 school in Tampa, Florida.  I was previously the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School (also in Tampa) from 2010-2017.  I've lived in Tampa my whole life.  I'm actually the third generation of ... Read more