AASL Post: 3 Reasons Why Making and Literacy Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

AASL Post: 3 Reasons Why Making and Literacy Aren't Mutually Exclusive: Starting a makerspace in a school library does not mean abandoning literacy. Here are three ways that making supports literacy in a school library

My post last month on Why a Makerspace isn’t a Magic Cure-all for Your Problems gained a lot of notice.  I’ve seen a vibrant social media conversation take off since then.  I have heard many people say in the conversation about making and libraries that they have reservations.  Many are worried about sacrificing literacy or reading when they … Read more

AASL Post: Why a Makerspace is Not a Magic Cure-all For Your Problems

AASL Post: Why a Makerspace is Not a Magic Cure-all for Your Problems | Starting a makerspace can be a wonderful thing for your school library. But sometimes, there are problems in place that need to be dealt with first.

I realize that this title is going so upset some people. That some might accuse me of click-bait. But I think this is a topic that is often being left out in the discussion about makerspaces. Many school librarians have beautiful visions of putting out some arts and crafts supplies or LEGOs or robots and … Read more

AASL Post: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Attend Your State Conference

AASL Post: 3 Reasons Why You Need to Attend Your State Conference | It's easy to get caught up in the hype and glamour of national conferences. But there's many vital reasons for us to be attending our state conferences as well.

The very first conference I ever attended was my state conference, FAME (Florida Association for Media in Education) back in 2010. I was a brand new librarian and soaked up all the new information, ideas, and connections. It only took one conference to get me hooked. Since then, I’ve attended and presented at conferences all … Read more

3 Ways a MakerFair Can Be An Awesome Advocacy Tool: AASL Post

3 Ways a Makerfair Can Be An Awesome Advocacy Tool: AASL Post | A Makerfair can be an amazing advocacy tool for both your library and your makerspace. Learn how it can help you bring your community in, give your students a chance to be teachers and serve as a documentation of student learning.

3 Ways Your MakerFair Can Be An Awesome Advocacy Tool As I reflect back on these three MakerFairs, I’ve come to realize what a powerful advocacy tool they have been for our space. You can tell people about how awesome your makerspace is all you want, but when they actually get to see it in … Read more

Read this Book: The Language of School Design

Read this Book: The Language of School Design | In this amazing work on learning space design, the authors identify 29 different design patterns for 21st century schools. Included are many pictures, graphics and examples of the 29 design patterns. Some of these patterns include: cave space, daylight, connection to community, and indoor-outdoor connection. This is a fantastic book to inspire changes in our learning spaces to make them more conducive to 21st century learning.

The Language of School Design The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools, is a fantastic, well-designed book that takes a broad look at what makes a 21st Century School a modern learning space.  They break these ideas down into 29 well-researched Design Patterns.  Included with each of the patterns are examples … Read more

How to Identify and Reframe Design Problems in Your Library Space

How to Identify and Reframe DESIGN PROBLEMS in your library space | When looking at our library spaces, we can often intuitively tell when something is wrong. By identifying these problems and reframing them in a way that focuses on their effects on students, we can advocate for change.

Figuring out the Design Problems in Your Space In my latest post at AASL Knowledge Quest, I focus on how to identify the various design problems in your space and how to advocate for changing them.  Check out this preview below: Many of us are rethinking and redesigning our library spaces. We have visions of … Read more

Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries

Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries

  Advocating for Makerspaces in School Libraries I’m pleased and honored to announce that I will now be a regular monthly contributor to AASL’s Knowledge Quest blog.  This is likely old news to you if you follow me on Twitter, but with the summer being as crazy as it was I realized that I never … Read more

Making Doesn’t Have An Age Limit

Making doesn't have an age limit | I'm tired of people implying that makerspaces are only good for (insert age group here). We are all makers, whether we're 8 or 80.

  Making Doesn’t Have an Age Limit @DianaLRendina @jhunderhill @venspired Went to a session & speaker said making should only happen at elem. level after that it was too late. — Heather Moorefield (@actinginthelib) July 26, 2015 “Makerspaces are too complicated for elementary students.  You can only get in depth with middle and high school … Read more