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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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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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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