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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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Jul 24, 2017 Travis Lape 1 comment
Everything we have learned about Personalized Learning

It is crazy to think about our journey down this road to personalized learning just started a little over a year ago. We loaded up four facilitators, three administrators and headed off to Maine to observe some schools. Professionally this is one of the best years of my life. I get to empower and support […]

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Jul 24, 2017 Travis Lape 0 comments
Personalized Learning Passion Coming To Life

One of my favorite things to do is work with educators who are passionate about making school different. I have two passions that I get to live out everyday in my job as the Innovative Programs Director. My first passion is this idea of making and creating in schools. This started about four years ago […]

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HSMS Makerspace Journey

The WHY, HOW, WHERE and WHEN of HSMS Tigers Makerspace Bringing this Makerspace to South Middle School would not have happened without the coaching and support from Laura Fleming, who is a media specialist at New Milford High School. This idea of a Makerspace did not come from Laura Fleming, but she has done it […]

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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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