Book Review: Worlds of Making by Laura Fleming

I was beyond excited when I heard that Laura Fleming was writing a book on makerspaces.  And I was even more excited (and honored) when she asked me to write a section on the beginnings of our makerspace at Stewart.  So I made sure to order several copies as soon as it became available on … Read more

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

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 Build an Epic LEGO Wall

How to Build an EPIC LEGO Wall | Follow along with this detailed tutorial to create your very own EPIC LEGO Wall. Great for libraries, makerspaces, classrooms, bedrooms, offices or anywhere awesome. Bonus printable in post too! | RenovatedLearning.com

If you’re the type of person who loves to print instructions out, I’ve created a printable pdf just for you  🙂   Click here for a free download!   Building an EPIC LEGO WALL This post is a tutorial on how to build your own Epic LEGO Wall.  I’ve had many, many people ask me … Read more

The STEM Maker Library Grant

In all the craziness of last year, I forgot to blog about one of the grants we received.  Almost every year that I’ve been a media specialist, I’ve applied for a grant from the Hillsborough Education Foundation.  In previous years, I’ve applied for more graphic novels, books geared towards reluctant readers, and audiobooks.  This year, … Read more

A peek at our future Maker Corner

A few days ago, I tweeted out this image of our future Makerspace that I created in Skitch on my iPad.  I was inspired by The Nerdy Teacher’s post on rethinking his classroom setup, and I wanted to create a visual that could show what our space will be like when it all comes together. … Read more

5 Questions to ask when planning a Makerspace

5 QUESTIONS to ask yourself when planning a MAKERSPACE | Many educators want to create makerspaces in their schools but aren't sure of where to get started. These five questions can help you to start the planning process and figure out where you want to go. | RenovatedLearning.com

Are you the type of person who likes to fill in worksheets? Click here to download a FREE printable 5 Questions worksheet! (Post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using them, I get a small commission that helps support running this blog) So you want to write a Makerspace grant… It seems like everyone … Read more