Leading the Maker Movement

A Principal's Reflections

This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident. To begin to understand the educational value of making we must look at the roots of this movement. As manufacturing tools continue to become better, cheaper and more accessible, the Maker Movement is gaining momentum at an unprecedented rate. For a maker culture to succeed and thrive in a school, leadership matters.

Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

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Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “ the maker movement ,” and some worry where that story is going. But at least four Shawnee Mission grade schools have hired “innovation specialists” to run their libraries when fall classes open. That’s the language of the maker movement, which seeks to convert once-quiet school spaces — usually in the libraries — into hands-on laboratories of creation and computer-assisted innovation.

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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. Scroll down for some super cool pics of her library) SmartBrief Keeping up with the news is challenging. Listen to Amanda Johnson talk about her library Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

What Libraries Offer the Maker Movement

Educator Innovator

At the Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, toddlers and kids gather weekly to work on creative projects. On those days the library morphs into a “makerspace,” overflowing with sewing supplies, circuitry, yarn, and electronics. The Millvale site is part of a growing group of libraries that have opened up space, permanently or occasionally, for maker projects. For several years YOUmedia has operated “learning labs” in libraries across the country.

The Epic E-Book of WebTools

The CoolCatTeacher

Kristina is the co-author of “ Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community ,” as well as two series of Scholastic makerspace books.

7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

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. Innovation Inquiry Based Learning Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning Students TeachersFrom the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Genius hour and passion projects are transformational.

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. All Subjects Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Game Based Learning High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning Science Teachers STEM Tech Tips Tools Web Tools Windows-PC minecraft

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

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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. Problems occur when administrators, educators, learners, and communities come to believe that maker education is synonymous with these tools and spaces.

A New School Makerspace

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A few of use spent the past few weeks rearranging our library so that one side contains our books and the other our STEAM materials. Integrating Maker Education Activities Into the Curriculum. Maker education needs to be intentional. I am beyond elated – our PreK-6 elementary school received monies, through our district’s Computer Science Resolution 2025, to create a STEAM (science, technology, arts, math) makerspace.

Futurizing the Stacks: How Makerspaces Can Modernize College Libraries

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Today’s college students are spending more time than ever in public and campus libraries. According to a recent Pew Research Report , millennials are most likely to have visited a public library in the past year compared to any other generation. But what would make a generation that grew up with internet so reliant on libraries—spaces traditionally known to be filled with shelves upon shelves of books? In a report that analyzed the state of the maker movement in 40 U.S.

Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

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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. I think a lot of them went to the public library, because I communicated this to parents, “These are their wonderings, and this is how you can help,” reading books from the public library. Then they even started to go the library and find books for their friends.

9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

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Maker Movement. Many schools are creating maker spaces or “ Fab Labs ” so students have a space and place to invent. Some libraries are putting these in a Learning Commons. (See ” Perhaps looking into Micku Uppena’s library can help us understand. In a recent show , Micki says about her library, “Well, it is not a quiet place and that has mixed reactions, but it is definitely not quiet. The library is popular again!

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

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If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building. During the reflection phase, learners are given the option to express what they learned during and because of their STEM, STEAM, Maker Education experience in a way that makes the most sense to them given the nature of the task; and their preferred means of expression. Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. jackiegerstein and Barbara Bray @bbray27. Crossed posted at [link].

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Book Creator for Chrome: Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

Here’s a class library for an elementary classroom. Innovation iPads IT Coaches and Directors Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Librarians Mac Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) STEM Students Teachers Tech Tips Tools Web Tools Windows-PC WritingSponsored by Book Creator, All Opinions My Own From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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

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To expand their knowledge, they had to assemble a library and know how to find books in it. The student is programming a video game in a maker space using Bloxels. Classrooms need well-stocked maker spaces and creativity stations. Josh Stumpenhorst has students flying drones in his library. Micki Uppena says green screen is one of the most important things for a modern library to have.

Josh Stumpenhorst’s Learning Commons: Drones, Literature, and Creativity

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Today Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher is directing a library revolution and evolution to Learning Commons at his school. And yes, they’ll be flying drones in the library! ” He also discusses the importance of literature and creativity in the library. Why Reinvent the Library? Today we have Josh Stumpenhorst with us, and he is just one of the most motivating, exciting teachers, and he has a new learning space in his library.

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. Parents couldn’t really look at it unless they were in the library for parent-teacher conferences or whatever. It was a more authentic way to showcase the student work than just having it one spot in the library.

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5 Things That Happen When We Empower Students

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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. is also an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author of multiple books including the best-selling LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring out the Maker in Every Student and the newly released Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning.

Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course

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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. All Grades Education Education Trends and Topics Gifted Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Maker Movement STEM Teachers Technology Wonderful Classroom Wednesday

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3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning

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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. Administrators All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation IT Coaches and Directors Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Project Based Learning Teachers Thought Leader Thursday

5 Ways to Improve STEAM Learning at Your School

The CoolCatTeacher

For ideas for librarians and teachers doing it well, see Creating a Student Centered Library Where Kids Love to Learn (with Micki Uppena), Paul Solarz and His Student Centered Classroom , or What to Buy For Your Makerspace with Chad Lehman, Vicki: Well, Aaron Mauer is someone you should definitely follow. Aaron Maurer on episode 140 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

“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. With a saw, a gallon of paint, and Dottie’s signature determination, she transformed her library into a vibrant Makerspace with minimal expense. The learning didn’t stop once the pumpkin made it inside the library.

The Philosophy Behind Maker Success

A Principal's Reflections

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. There is a great deal of content out there about maker education. best practices Laura Fleming Maker Movement Makerspace RelevancyFor many students school has become an irritating experience grounded in boring lessons and learning activities.

How to Design Your Own MakerSpaces – From Courtney Pepe

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Makers build, fix, and create. A MakerSpace is not confined to a school setting but can also be a community space like a public library where community members of all ages, means, and abilities can design, prototype, and create original works. On March 18th and 19th, we celebrated New Jersey Makers Day, and I had the opportunity to visit a number of different Maker events in various communities. Big Idea #2 – Keep Many Hands Busy With Maker/Building Challenges.

What Should I Buy For My New Makerspace? A Five-Step Framework For Making the Right Purchases

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I recently was asked to give a webinar that would guide participants through selecting the right products for their makerspace, where I unveiled my “Worlds of Making 'MAKER' Framework.” Many people associate the Maker Movement with ‘stuff’ like 3D printers, but in my opinion, this isn’t what pushes children outside of their comfort zone, it is that opportunity for open-ended exploration that is key. Education Technology Maker Movement Community

Do Pre-Packaged Kits Belong in Makerspaces?

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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

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We like to think of it as a souped-up public library with tech tools instead of books. Education Technology Maker Movement CommunityI met Trevor (name has been changed) when he was a high school senior in 2014. From a coal mining family in western Kentucky, he’d just suffered a major family crisis and his mother was struggling with mental illness. Understandably, his grades were beginning to suffer and he was missing class regularly.

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. Libraries are all about inquiry,” says Valerie Jopeck, a former librarian and current education specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. Exploratory, hands-on learning is also known as “maker education.” A library is a safe space for students to learn and explore their own interests,” Jopeck said.

TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks

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TeachThought Library: 10 Learning Models & Frameworks. Self-directed learning, the Maker Movement, mobile learning, education technology integration and more are all relatively new, and have a variety of perspectives that can be taken in examining them and what they enable or change. To make them more accessible for you, we’ve decided to create libraries of content, starting with an early collection of the learning models and frameworks we’ve created.

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. At Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, maker program coordinator Nora Peters saw an opportunity to better connect the activities of the maker space with the library’s mission to promote literacy.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Sylvia Libow Martinez is a co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom helping teachers bring the exciting tools and technology of the Maker Movement to classrooms worldwide. 10-minute Teacher Show Libraries News & Trends STEM TeachingEpisode 49 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

The Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Maker Movement: The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers, a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). Affordable Maker Technologies.

The Free, Amazing, Library 2.015 Online Events Start Today

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This is a GREAT week for library and learning conversations! Then our FIFTH annual (and free) Future of Libraries conference, Library 2.015 , is all day Tuesday , October 20th, with keynotes by conference co-chair Dr. Sandra Hirsh from the School of Information at San José State University, Toby Greenwalt from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Norman Jacknis, president of the board at Metropolitan New York Library Council.

?The 10 Best AR Apps for Classrooms Using Apple’s New ARKit

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There are other libraries of 3D objects available, but JigSpace has made those objects more realistic using ARKit. #6 Education Technology Maker Movement CommunityThe recent popularity of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) has put a spotlight on immersive technology—and our curriculum may never look the same again.

A Perfect Storm for Maker Education

User Generated Education

Maker Movement: The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers, a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future ). Affordable Maker Technologies.