How to Set Goals for Your Library This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, media specialist Amanda Johnson talks about the massive success of some new sections she added to the library last summer and how she’s going to improve her library even more this summer.

Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

eSchool News

Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “ the maker movement ,” and some worry where that story is going. The Ray Marsh Elementary School directory lists Bombeck as “librarian” because she is state-certified to be one.

3DBear Review: The Augmented Reality Classroom Pro

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve found it works better if you have some flat surfaces around, but it will work anywhere Start designing Inside 3D bear are a variety of libraries that you can use. 3DBear includes other 3D libraries that let students add, arrange, and create digital items in your classroom.

Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

She’s helped the students find books in the library, and she has also helped them learn some ways to navigate ways to share their knowledge through Google Slides or Wixie. Then they even started to go the library and find books for their friends.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education.

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

5 Idea Friday Computer Science Teachers Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gifted Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Maker Movement Math Teachers Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning Science Teachers STEM Teachers Technology

3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

As a teacher, you can get started with a library of 40 books as part of their free version – go to coolcatteacher.com/bookcreator to get started now.

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

And then also from an elementary standpoint, I had a teacher use it in lieu of … she used to have her students write personal narratives and then they would bind the book together as a classroom set and put it in the library.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building. This serves several purposes related to Action and Expression: (1) it gives learners an authentic audience, and (2) it helps other makers learn from their personal experiences.

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“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.”

TeachThought - Learn better.

I asked our SXSWedu panel charged with sharing details about their Schools’ Vortex: Innovative Library Makerspaces. Much like that student’s creation, Makerspaces are sparking a transformation in the nuclei of a school—the library. But in a way, libraries have always been about “Making.”

The Philosophy Behind Maker Success

A Principal's Reflections

In many cases elementary schools have even taken fun out of school for kids by cutting recess. When I hired Laura Fleming in 2013 to take over the traditional library she was tasked with giving it a reboot and was given complete autonomy to do so.

Do Pre-Packaged Kits Belong in Makerspaces?

Edsurge

Aligned with the maker movement—which focuses on using hands-on activities like building, sewing, assembling and computer programming for learning—the kits provide a foundation that teachers can use for guided projects both in and out of the classroom. But are pre-packaged kits really in the spirit of the maker movement, or are they just leading students down a narrow path without allowing them to be truly creative, inventive and genius?

As Factories Fade, Rural District Builds Makerspace to Fill Talent Gaps

Edsurge

Elementary and middle school students will be able to attend field trips and summer camp programs at the space to gain exposure to project-based learning experiences with high-tech tools. We like to think of it as a souped-up public library with tech tools instead of books. The incubator will be located in a historic Coca Cola bottling factory set in the center of our community within walking distance of elementary, middle and high schools.

How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects

MindShift

In recent years, libraries have broadened their scope of offerings to the local community to involve more making activities like 3-D printing and sewing. Some libraries even have a facilitator for maker projects. A watercolor bot creates abstract art at Southington Library.

Why the School Library Is the Perfect Place for Maker Education

Educator Innovator

Library makerspaces, including members of the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network, offer students a chance to design, tinker, and build critical thinking skills. Exploratory, hands-on learning is also known as “maker education.” That’s “iterating” in maker-ese.

How Librarians are Rockin’ the Makerspace Movement

Educator Innovator

You’re in the library! As the great-granddaughter of a librarian, I was brought up to know that the quiet of the library was sacred space. At Ballground Elementary School , Anne Nechvatal uses making to connect to narrative nonfiction picture books. Engaging Older Makers.

From MakerSpace to MakerFaire – Guest Post from Christine Boyer

EdTechTeacher

Since creating our school’s makerspace in November 2013, I’ve seen a small revolution start to grow within our elementary school and also across our district. Our makerspace is a small room off of our library that was once an office and storage space. Creating Maker Spaces.

Makerspaces: New Prospects for Hands-On Learning in Schools

Leadership Lounge

I closed by suggesting the growth of maker labs — or makerspaces — in schools presented some interesting opportunities. But one site, a prestigious all male prep school, decided instead to use its funds to build a full-scale makerspace in the school’s former library.

How Librarians are Rockin' the Makerspace Movement

Graphite Blog

You’re in the library! As the great-granddaughter of a librarian, I was brought up to know that the quiet of the library was sacred space. Indian Knoll Elementary School’s Jennifer Lewis struggles with the time factor; her students are mostly able to come to the "make room" during recess, so projects have to be organized and fast. At Ballground Elementary School , Anne Nechvatal uses making to connect to narrative nonfiction picture books.

Creating Space for "Maker Moments"

Graphite Blog

Despite claims made by some, the maker movement is no fad -- it's just a new name for something lots of people have been doing for a long time. I had my first "maker moment" at 4 years old. With a generous donation from the PTA, lots of hustle on DonorsChoose.org , and some dumpster diving, our Maker Lab was born! " The maker movement is about creating and problem-solving, not purchasing and consuming.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. Wednesday, November 12th at 7pm ISTE Webinar: Maker Movement: Pathway to Innovation for STEM Learners , Give students the power to learn by making. The maker movement fosters a mindset and culture that can create a profound shift in K-12 STEM learning.

Creating Space for "Maker Moments"

Graphite Blog

Despite claims made by some, the maker movement is no fad -- it's just a new name for something lots of people have been doing for a long time. I had my first "maker moment" at 4 years old. With a generous donation from the PTA, lots of hustle on DonorsChoose.org , and some dumpster diving, our Maker Lab was born! " The maker movement is about creating and problem-solving, not purchasing and consuming.

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. In our interactive session for “ Makerspace in the Library: What it means for your Classroom ,” we really let our participants drive the learning. Zach Duensing, Nashville Public Library. Valerie Jopeck , Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. Maker Faire.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Iris Lapinski - CEO, CDI Apps for Good - "Apps for Good - Growing a new generation of problem solvers and makers" Dale Dougherty - Founder, President, and CEO, Maker Media, Inc.; Gary Bass Meaningful STEM-Based Learning in a University/Elementary School Partnership - Maria D.

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