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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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My Story: From a Job Cut to Becoming School Librarian of the Year

Kristina Holzweiss of Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY, was named School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in August 2015. Be sure to check out blog posts from 2015 School Librarian of the Year finalists Sally Smollar and Lakisha Brinson! Seven years ago I was excessed from a full-time school library teaching […]

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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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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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Student Techsperts Manage Makerspace Resources!

The more I teach, the more I learn. This year I began a Student Techspert team to help manage the makerspace resources and technology in our library. Our library makerspace has grown exponentially in a very short time, and without a full-time staff it can be difficult to provide the level of personalized library service […]

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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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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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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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