Jan 01, 2018 Laura Fleming 0 comments
Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2017!

This year’s New Media Consortium/COSN’s 2017 K-12 Horizon Report deemed makerspaces the future of edtech and predicted full adoption in K-12 in one year or less! It is more important than ever that we plan and create GREAT makerspaces! Part of doing so is selecting the right materials, resources and supplies to support the experiences […]

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Dec 22, 2017 Laura Fleming 0 comments
Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016

With the success of last year’s post on the Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015, we are excited to announce this year’s list. We have spent the year scouring maker products to build this list. Prior to writing this post, we invited our PLN to contribute to a Padlet that highlighted some of their favorites. […]

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Dec 22, 2017 Laura Fleming 0 comments
Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015

2015 has proved to be a monumental year for the Maker Movement. With increasingly more schools committed to creating a genuine and committed culture of innovation, we are seeing more opportunities than ever for learners to be able to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make, and do. The continuing establishment of physical makerspaces in schools have […]

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Aug 15, 2017 Laura Fleming 0 comments
Participatory Making

My history with littleBits began in 2013 when my school created a littleBits bar in our makerspace, and our experiences with littleBits have grown exponentially since. You can read about our experiences here, here and here. Billy’s history with littleBits started in 2015 when he heard about littleBits at an ISTE conference and won a […]

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Jun 15, 2017 Laura Fleming 0 comments
MAKE Time for Learning in the Summer…At Home!

For me, one of the most powerful pieces of the Maker Movement is that it is based on the belief that regardless of race, gender or even age, there is something in it for everyone. Makerspaces in K-12 have had a profound impact on education, but for me, it also has had a profound impact […]

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Makerspaces Around the World

“You grow more when you get more people’s perspectives.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg One of the most rewarding parts about writing my new book, The Kickstart Guide to Making Great Makerspaces (Fall 2017), was the opportunity to highlight and feature GREAT Makerspaces all around the world. I recently interviewed some of the people behind these spaces to […]

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Out of the Box Approach to Planning Makerspaces

Don’t think outside the box…Think like there is no box. ~ Unknown One of the most rewarding experiences in writing my second book (The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces, Fall 2017) has been having the honor of being able to highlight and showcase GREAT makerspaces far and wide. In doing that research, I discovered […]

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Making GREAT Makerspaces: The 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace

My work with schools across the nation on planning and creating makerspaces has proven to me that while anyone can create a makerspace, there are distinct differences between makerspaces and GREAT makerspaces. GREAT makerspaces are unique to your school community, vibrant for now, and sustainable into the future. Recently on Instagram, I had a series […]

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Mar 28, 2017 Laura Fleming 1 comment
We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Collection

Something that bothers me so much is when I read articles that talk about how libraries are becoming Makerspaces. Our Makerspace is one component of the participatory culture that runs through our space. Anyone who knows my story knows that my point of entry into the Maker Movement was through literacy, so for me, literacy […]

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Do students need to follow a specific process for making and creating in a Makerspace?

In a recent blog post, I presented the 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace. These attributes are meant to serve as a guide for school districts and educators as they plan Makerspaces for their school communities. One of those attributes is that GREAT Makerspaces are DIFFERENTIATED and effectively meet the needs of mixed-ability learners. &nbsp […]

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