What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

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Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.)

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How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Incorporate STEM Trends into Your Library Makerspace.

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Sphero, LittleBits and Other Robots Bring Technology to Life

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Sphero, LittleBits and Other Robots Bring Technology to Life. Josh Stumpenhorst got hooked on robotics three years ago when his son showed him the Sphero BB-8, a baseball-sized, self-propelled robot based on the Star Wars droid. You don’t need to buy or build anything.

How Can I bring Robotics Into My Curriculum? Programming Robots with SPRK Lightning Lab #AskTheTechCoach

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With Lightning Lab, users can have access to all of their programs no matter which device they use to sign in as the programs travel with the user’s profile. Teachers can make programs available to students to help them be more successful. Download.

How to transform your media centers into makerspaces

eSchool News

Even with tight budgets, it’s possible to repurpose your libraries or media centers into 21st century makerspaces. Our “a-ha” moment about how to make this rebrand a reality came at a tech conference.

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs

EdTech Magazine

How to Implement Library Makerspaces in STEM Programs. What’s the best way to define a makerspace? For Laura Fleming, library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Jersey, a library makerspace is a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all. When makerspaces really work, they are open to the entire student body,” she says. “It’s Incorporate STEM Trends into Your Library Makerspace.

Wonder Workshop’s Amazing Dash

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has many disruptors–3D Printing, AR and VR, 1:1 technology, STEM, and STEAM–but a recent and wildly popular one is robotics. One I discovered this summer is Wonder Workshop’s collection of three robots — Cue, Dash, and Dot. Robotics Competition.

Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can use them to teach. Welcome to serious games. Therefore, we educators need to educate ourselves on game based learning.

Hitting the Library Circuit With Mobile Making

Educator Innovator

In an effort to reach more patrons and spread innovation, librarians are taking their digital learning and staff development programs on the road. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers everything you would expect at a library: books, computers, story time for the little ones.

Introducing the Teen Hangout at the Loveland Public Library

Educator Innovator

In the fall of 2018, the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network expanded to include the Teen Hangout youth program at the Loveland Public Library in Loveland Colorado. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Loveland Public Library is the third institution to join the network under its new affiliate program. Learn more about the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network and how to join the movement at youmedia.org.

Libraries Ready to Code Beta Collection Release

NeverEndingSearch

I was excited to attend the release party for the beta version of ALA’s Ready to Code Collection at Annual a few weeks back. The cohort has spent the past 28 weeks hard at work, developing their resources and implementing Ready to Code principles. Good to Go.

Everything is Coming Up Robots

My Paperless Classroom

This piece was originally published HERE on the Getting Smart Blog My Robot Life I will admit I sought out puppets; I worked to find them; I thought hard about how to best use them in my classroom, robots are another story. Why Programming and Robots?

How to Prepare Students for Jobs in the Self-Driving-Car-Industry

Edsurge

Many roads lead to a career in the self-driving car industry. That painfully obvious pun is actually one of the truest things you can say about this nascent, multidisciplinary enterprise, and it also encapsulates the challenge educators who want to prepare their students to work in this industry are facing today. There are the Teslas, Waymos and Ubers of the world—companies looking to get self-driving vehicles on the road in two or three years.

Teachers Have Great Ideas. Here’s How to Turn Them into Reality.

Edsurge

Naturally, schools are keen to surface these light bulbs so they can support them and increase their scope of impact. In some cases other teachers or schools may benefit from these small-scale brainstorms when they are applied to the big picture. For school leaders, it’s not so much about prescribing any particular innovation, but rather providing a space and opportunity for teachers to share ideas and develop them. So how are school systems providing this space for teachers?

Sylvia Martinez: 3 Mistakes Teachers Make About Tinkering (and more)

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Today Sylvia Martinez @smartinez co-author of Invent to Learn talks about tinkering today. Download this episode to listen offline by right-clicking here and choosing “Save As.” ” Subscribe to the show. You have one week to enter, and then we draw!

How to Get Started With Genius Hour for Elementary Classrooms?

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This is not easy when you have a curriculum to follow and tons of material to teach. But that given we need to make time to work with kids in a different and more creative setting. How to Get Started with Genius Hour? Talk to your students.

The biggest lessons librarians learned in 2017

eSchool News

Here, two seasoned librarians shed light on their biggest lessons learned in 2017 and look forward to the up-and-coming trends for the new year. There’s no denying that libraries today look a lot different than they did 20 years ago. Next page: New relationships for libraries).

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, both from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace.

Tinkering in Our Open Makerspace

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Through our collaboration with Gretchen Thomas at UGA, we have been able to offer an open time on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students to come and explore various parts of our makerspace. Students sign up for a 30-minute segment to come and explore a pre-chosen topic.

Makerspaces: On Scanning the Road & Gently Easing the Brakes

NeverEndingSearch

As school librarians, we are driven by our mission and our vision, by our national standards, by the needs and interests of our communities, and to some degree, by our own talents, passions and dispositions. We are all about inspiring learners to think, create, share and grow.

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Librarians Lead the Way to Digital Literacy

Educator Innovator

Librarians have been on the front lines of information literacy for years, putting them in a prime position to help youth learn to navigate a complex and growing world of digital information and news. Unfettered access to information and news is essential for learning—but it can also be a hazard when learners lack the right tools for parsing that information. Information literacy is just trying to get people to be savvy consumers of information.”.

Recent Scenes from Our Makerspace and an Exciting Update!

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our library makerspace has been a bustling place over the past few weeks. I’ve still been holding some periodic makerspace recess sessions where students can signup to come and explore the space and what it has to offer. Tinkering leads to a student made microphone.

Popup Makerspace at UGA with the Maker Dawgs and Flipgrid

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

She wanted to bring her Maker Dawgs class to the UGA Tate Center Plaza to host a popup makerspace. The idea would be to have a variety of maker tools available for UGA students to try on the spot. We are taking over UGA to show off Makerspace stuff.

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

Digital Promise

In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. This school year, I have… allow[ed] my students to work collaboratively while making,” shared Detweiler. “I

How I created my school’s makerspace

eSchool News

As an elementary educator for most of my career, I’ve had the privilege of working with a variety of learners—from inner-city students in North Carolina to university-level students in Chicago—but I found my true calling as the librarian at Hubbard Woods Elementary in Winnetka, Illinois.

What to Put in Your Makerspace (and How to Pay for It)

Edsurge

At the conference, participants were given an opportunity to learn about makerspaces first-hand by going from station-to-station and creating. I also knew creating such a space could be pricey, especially when you start talking about robots, advanced software and 3D printers. But although I was intimidated—and unsure how to pay for everything—the idea of a makerspace remained on my mind. We were able to move our makerspace into the library for its second year.

10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

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Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate. In fact, according to Computer Science Education , by 2020 , there will be 1.4 Human robot. Human Robot.

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. A few months ago I was alerted to an opportunity by one of my favorite collaborative partners, Gretchen Thomas. The Georgia State Department of Education was inviting educators to apply to takeover their Instgram account for one week. This honor, of course, came with rules to follow.

10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

Ask a Tech Teacher

Yet, kids who can code are better at logical thinking and problem solving, more independent and self-assured, and more likely to find a job when they graduate. In fact, according to Computer Science Education , by 2020 , there will be 1.4 Human robot. Human Robot.

Hack Your Notebook

Educator Innovator

In August, a group of teens gathered at the San Francisco Public Library, a member of the YouMedia network, to do some electrical engineering. If they had they might have been too intimidated to sign up for the program. Photo/ Maker Jawn, Philadelphia Free Library.

For This ‘Coal Country’ Librarian, Preparing Students for the Future Starts with STEM

Edsurge

Back then, I learned to type catalog cards on an electric typewriter and created lessons around print resources and the Dewey Decimal system. I’ve come along way since then, moving from traditional library programming into the 21st century, with coding and robotics to match. It all began when I read an article about the “Hour of Code” initiative, a program that asks every student school-wide to participate in one hour of coding activities. Robots in the library.

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The Education of an Android Teacher

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When you meet an android, it’s important to follow etiquette. If you don’t, she may not have much to say. How are you today, Maria Bot? My mission is to help teachers and students become more intelligent and respectful of each other.” Maria Bot is programmed to be good.

Searching for the Ability to Think: Training our Kids to Go Past Google

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5 Ways to Teach Students to Think From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Next week, my tenth graders will have to invent a new way to access the Internet. In previous centuries, students had to build their own Google.