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

Design Challenges/ Challenge Based Learning in Makerspaces

Design Challenges in Makerspaces

*Page contains affiliate links.  Actions taken may result in commissions for Renovated Learning Design Challenges in Makerspaces: How to Develop Student Creativity Design challenges have the power to encourage creativity in your students – by providing limitations and guidelines, students can actually become more creative. Learn strategies for creating design prompts, running challenges, and incorporating … Read more

What’s Wrong with a Makerspace in a Box

What's Wrong with a Makerspace in a Box - There is a trend in education of selling "makerspace in a box" programs that are meant to handle the planning of a makerspace for you. The problem with these kits is that they don't involve students in the design process of creating a makerspace.

Today, a vendor tried to sell me a Makerspace in a Box.  I’m not going to say who, because I am not about bashing companies and organizations.  It’s my own personal policy to only mention names of companies or products that I actually support.  And besides, there are a lot of companies out there right … Read more

AASL Post: What You Really Need to Create a Makerspace

AASL Post: What You Really Need to Create a Makerspace | To create a culture of positivity in the maker movement, we need to focus less on the stuff and more on the spirit of MakerEd.

With a changing and growing movement, many are declaring that there are right and wrong ways of doing things. We are getting so hung up on the specifics and our own ideas of what a makerspace SHOULD be, that we’re losing the sight of the big picture. We worry far too much about the stuff. … Read more

5 Ways to Make AWESOME Plans for a New Makerspace

5 Ways to Make Awesome Plans for a New Makerspace | Starting a makerspace from scratch can be daunting. Here's five things to do to help you make plans and get started.

How to Make Awesome Plans for a New Makerspace For the first time in four years, I am without a makerspace.  My new school’s library is beautiful and huge and has a school culture that is just ripe for making.  Even though it was tempting, I decided not to change it up and create a … Read more

Demco Post: 3 Design Challenges for the Low Tech Makerspace

3 Design Challenges for the Low Tech Makerspace : Check out my Demco post to read up on three different design challenges you can do with your students in a low-tech/no-tech makerspace. All are budget friendly and easy to do.

Check out my post on Demco to learn more about design challenges in low tech makerspaces! Many educators have the misconception that makerspace activities always need to involve expensive technology like 3-D printers and circuit kits. But this isn’t true. Students can have amazing learning experiences in makerspaces with low-tech and no-tech tools. Design challenges … Read more

Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace

Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace
Learn how to use design challenges to spur creativity in your students I co-wrote Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves because I wanted to help create a definitive resource on creating and utilizing design challenges in makerspaces.  This thorough resource covers everything from getting started, building a maker ... Read more

Demco Post: 5 Makerspace Projects for Teen Tech Week

5 Makerspace Projects for Teen Tech Week | In my post for Demco Ideas, I go over five different makerspace project ideas for ALA's Teen Tech Week, with the 2017 theme of Be the Source of Change

ALA’s Teen Tech Week will be upon us before we know it (March 5-11).  To help get ready for this event, I’ve written a post for Demco Ideas with 5 makerspace project ideas to tie in with this year’s theme, “Be the Source of Change”.  It was hard to limit it to just five ideas, … Read more