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A Maker’s Imagination: The Beauty of Homemade Fun

In my next life I will come back as an archaeologist, a female Indiana Jones on the quest for the lost relic of an ancient civilization. For now, I am on the hunt for recyclable materials that my students can transform into works of art and engineering in our library makerspace. My own three young […]

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Stop Thinking and Start Doing — A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach!

Take the leap and start your makerspace by getting your students involved. You’ve no doubt read countless blogs and articles about the incredible impact makerspaces can have in schools. You may even have started rearranging your space, or perhaps you’ve created an Amazon wish list. But after being a maker-librarian for nearly two years, I […]

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Create an Amazing Low-Tech Library Makerspace With These Easy Ideas

Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid when it comes to technology, you’re probably aware of the maker movement. However, if you need a refresher, I made an infographic. The maker movement is such an exciting time for students and teachers alike! Yet, while a part of you is excited, […]

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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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Agile Makerspaces

The Challenge Great Makerspaces democratize learning. They make materials, supplies, and concepts available and accessible to all learners. By properly planning your Makerspace, you can build an environment that encourages tinkering, play, and open-ended exploration for everyone. The question is: How do we ultimately reach all learners? The United States Department of Education, Educational Technology […]

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Training Wheels: From Replicator to Maker

See that bad boy up there? Well that bike up there looks just like the one I learned to ride on. I remember I rode that bike so hard that the wheels started to disintegrate (because they weren’t filled with air – they were some foam-type material). I had a matching helmet and since my […]

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Making GREAT Makerspaces

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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Kick Off A BYOT Initiative In Your Makerspace!

The current generation of students has grown up with technology and uses it in every aspect of their daily lives and for many, this will include the jobs they will be pursuing. Equipping students with the skills they need in life outside of school and beyond the makerspace, is an powerful component of the Maker […]

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Moving Beyond Lego Walls

Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I have said many times that: “No two makerspaces should be exactly alike, because no two school communities are exactly alike.” All too often, school districts just replicate what others are doing or base their decisions […]

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Culture In A Transformed Library

Think your library needs a renovation? You might be right, but before spending unnecessary money on a major overhaul, you might want to think again. I receive inquiries all of the time from schools whose libraries are not used, and thought that renovating their space was going to do the trick. Oftentimes, even with a […]

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