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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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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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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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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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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Mackin Marches Into Makerspace With MackinMaker® Website

Mackin joins the Makerspace revolution with hundreds of books, products and kits on their new website and online store. BURNSVILLE, MN (December 6, 2016) Mackin announced the formation of their new specialty division and accompanying website, MackinMaker.com. Tapping into the success of the national Makerspace revolution, MackinMaker offers customers hundreds of maker-related products, books and […]

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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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