Makerspaces

Published at Nov 19, 2015
Intro to Makerspaces in the school library

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Makerspaces

In the School Library
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21st Century Libraries

Are as much about creation as consumption of information
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Makerspace Defined

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  • “a drop-in, laboratory-like environment where students design products that serve an authentic purpose”- ASCD Express
Describes the The Grand Center Arts Academy (GCAA) Makerspace in St. Louis, Mo.,

"What Is a Maker Space." ASCD Express 9.09. N.p., 30 Jan. 2014. Web. 08 June 2015.
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A common area- either physical or digital - where students can tinker, play to learn, experiment, fail, and make.

How Makerspaces support

the learning community

Standards

  • NGSS- develop, test and modify models
  • Program review
  • Multiple Writing & Speaking and Listening skills

Supports Project Based Learning

Boss, Suzie. "Project-Based Learning: A Short History." Edutopia. N.p., 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 08 June 2015.

Inspires

Learning and Individual Growth

“Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives” - Daniel Pink

Pink, Daniel H. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009. Print.
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“Making lets you take control of your life, be more active, and be responsible for your own learning” -Sylvia LiBow Martinez & Gary Stager

Martinez, Sylvia LiBow & Gary S. Stager. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Torrance: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, 2013, Electronic.

"...setting up a makerspace in your library is a great way to ensure that you, the teacher, not only can learn new things from the space but you can do so openly with your students, to let them see you and respect you as a learner just like them!" - Laura Fleming

Fleming, Laura. Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School. Thousand Oaks: Corwin, 2015. Electronic.

Students are the Center

What to consider

Assess Priorities

Consider Stakeholder Needs

Makerspaces are "united in the purpose of providing access to equipment, community, and education, and all are unique in exactly how they are arranged to fit the purposes of the community they serve” - Makerspace.com

"Makerspace." Makerspace. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 June 2015.

Theme or Purpose

Based on priorities develop a

Collaboration

with stakeholders and community leaders

"Libraries are open access by nature, and makerspaces can take advantage of such openness to create opportunities for partnership, collaboration and creation for all." - Laura Fleming

Fleming, Laura. Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School. Thousand Oaks: Corwin, 2015. Electronic.

How to start

(Especially on a budget)
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Look at ALL of it

Assess what is available already with a new eye
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Open up the supply closet and see what happens

Develop your collection

Consider electronic and print resources

Create a Culture of Trust & Participation

Check out DIY.org to gain student interest and investment. There are so many skills here that students are likely to want to try something.

"For innovation to flourish, a carefully crafted environment built on trust, empowerment, and risk taking must be established" -Laura Fleming

Fleming, Laura. Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School. Thousand Oaks: Corwin, 2015. Electronic.
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A "Participatory Culture" includes "...low barriers to expression and engagement, strong support for creating and sharing one's creations with others, and some type of informal mentorship.." - Laura Fleming

Fleming, Laura. Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School. Thousand Oaks: Corwin, 2015. Electronic.

Just Ask

Use social media & regular communication outlets

Sustainability

Before you purchase big ticket items consider how you will continue to fund things like 3d printers, and different projects.
Consider - Box Tops for Edu, Amazon Smile program, Target fundraiser etc.
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Where to Learn More

A Few Things to Read

  • Invent to Learn by Syliva Libow Martinez & Gary Stager
  • Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace in your School by Laura Fleming
  • Make Magazine
  • School Library Journal - The Maker Issue (May 2015)
  • Makerspace - spaces.makerspaces.com

Check out hashtags

  • #makered
  • #makerfaire
  • #makerspace
  • #kymakes

Find me on Twitter

@heidinelt
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