Live Chat- #MakeyMakey Q&A Educator Series

I’m stoked to be a part of the Makey Makey Jedi Series next week! Join in live to ask me about making, literacy, Makey Makey, poetry, and libraries! Check out these posts: Makey Makey Lessons, Makey Makey Poetry , Makey Makey Bookdrop , Invention Literacy PBL and then tune in live next week to ask […]

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Library Makeover: What We Gained by Letting Go

By Kristen Mattson This year I was blessed with a job in a high school library media center. The school is celebrating its 40th birthday, and many of the materials in the library are quite dated. My staff and I, with the ongoing help of parent and student volunteers, weeded 6,440 books from our collection this year. […]

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3Doodler Design Challenges….Perfect For Inspiring & Creating In Our Makerspaces!

One of the first things we put into our Makerspace were 3Doodlers. The students loved creating with them. They definitely inspired the creativity we expected for our space. Since then, the amazing people from 3Doodler have brought so many fun things to our students, libraries, classrooms and homes. Today I was excited to see something […]

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28 Super Cool Projects in Maker Lab For All Of Your Makers This Year!

We are constantly making at our house. Building. Painting. Repurposing. Cooking. Recycling. All filled with imagination, failure, success, happiness, excitement, anticipation and fun. I have always encouraged my children to use their imaginations and the materials we have to create and be creative.  I love to see what they make with the things around them…and […]

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Top 5 Resources To Help Get Your Makerspace Up And Running!

If you’re interested in creating a makerspace in your library but are overwhelmed or just unsure where to start, check out these incredibly helpful resources: Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace in Your School by Laura Fleming Invent to Learn by Sylvia Martinez The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson The Maker […]

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Using Invention Literacy For A Research Based Makerspace Project

Last spring I really wanted to work with a teacher on a maker-focused research project in my library makerspace. After completing one project that turned out okay, but wasn’t really what I envisioned, I watched this video where Jay Silver defines the term- Invention Literacy. I immediately loved this concept because it perfectly describes what […]

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Let’s Share Our Makerspace Logistics! When, How And Why Do Your Students Use The Makerspace?

This is one of the biggest questions we all have when we start our Makerspaces. When, How and Why Do Your Students Use The Makerspace? It is something that I worked through when we started ours. Now as my sister Heather kicks off her Mobile Makerspace at Amana Elementary, she is working through the same thing. […]

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Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From A Transformed School Library

Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning spaces in their schools still aren’t sure how to get started or why it’s worth the effort. New Canaan High School librarian Michelle Luhtala recently jumped headfirst into creating a makerspace in her library and documented what she […]

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No Cost Makerspace: Supports STEAM, Problem Solving, Math And Writing

One of the easiest Makerspaces to set up in your library is an art center. I am sure you have Origami books in your 700s – all you need for that is paper! You can gather scraps of construction paper, markers, crayons, scissors, etc. and put them together in a box and add a challenge: […]

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