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John Evans

The Library Voice: It's Time To Make Our Mark For Dot Day! Sign Up & Start Planning Today. - 0 views

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    "One of our favorite times of the year is Dot Day and September 15 will be here before we know it!

    In fact, Dot Day is only 60 days away so it is time for all of us to sign up and start planning to make this the BEST celebration yet!  "
John Evans

School Library Makerspace Strategies Webinar | Create, Collaborate, Innovate - 1 views

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    "Ashley Kazyaka and the Colorado State Library invited me to speak to Coloradans/school librarians about makerspaces in affluent communities versus makerspaces in lower socio economic schools. I had a great time today discussing my passion for inclusive makerspaces and in case you missed it, here are the slides for my webinar and here is the Webinar recording!"
Nik Peachey

Kotobee - The ultimate free epublishing tool | PeacheyPublications.com - 1 views

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    free epublishing and app creation tool https://t.co/MnOkBYiAZV #elt #esl #epub #digilit #lms #library #k12 #ell #ela
John Evans

Rethinking the Library Media Center | K-12 Blueprint - 4 views

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    "When Jennifer Lanier began working as a media specialist at Summit Parkway Middle School in South Carolina's Richland School District Two, the school library looked like one most of us remember from our own school days. "There were large heavy tables and chairs with shelves lining all walls," she says.  "It was a very fixed space."  After a period of intensive research, she was ready to make some major changes. "My library is now split into two main sections," Lanier explains, "with the circulation desk as the dividing point.  I focused on renovating the back half first.  This would become the Creative Commons area.  I removed the shelves from the corner, purchased six tall mobile tables, a few stools, six white boards, and twenty beanbag cubes."

    The idea, Lanier explains, was not to set up the tables, stools and cubes ahead of time but, rather, to leave the furniture out of the way and let users (both students and staff members) grab it and reconfigure the space to meet their needs.  "The arrangement of the space does not dictate the way collaboration is carried out; instead the collaboration can freely flow in the direction it takes.  Users can gather around on the cubes to discuss an idea.  They can break out to a project table and visualize it on a white board.  The simple act of moving allows the brain to be more creative." "
John Evans

A Library AND a Makerspace | Create, Collaborate, Innovate - 3 views

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    "Recently I read an article discussing how libraries are converting to makerspaces. I found this wording dangerous because I love libraries and my library is not just a makerspace. My library is still a library. Yes, we are a learning commons, yes we have a makerspace, but at our core, we are still a library.

    Our makerspace is an extension of our library and really a "makerspace" is more of a mindset and philosophy we have towards learning. The makerspace is just one slice of our library pie. We house our maker materials in the library because it is the one place students have access to at any point in the school day."
John Evans

Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space | School Library Journal - 2 views

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    "I didn't think 2015 would be the year I created a teen maker space, but it was-and it turned out to be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience. After six months of planning, our maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ohio, where I am the YA services coordinator, opened last month.
    How did it come together? Organically. It began during our teen summer reading program seven months ago, when I hosted a few extremely popular Maker Mondays. Our children's librarian, Debbie Baker, and I created a collection of circulating maker-related titles. We also assembled 20 small circulating maker kits with Snap Circuits (kits for creating objects with electronic circuitry), stop-motion animation materials, and LEGO. These were such a hit that a dedicated maker space seemed ideal for us. Ideal-until we considered our budget and space restraints.
    We started planning anyway. Our process began with a lot of research, online and in person, visiting libraries and maker faires. There was heavy-duty continuing ed: online workshops and webinars, many hosted by School Library Journal. We knew that a maker space would benefit our community, but we couldn't see how to make it happen. With time and goal adjustments, we reached the finish line and launched in January."
John Evans

The Adventures of Library Girl: #30secondbooktalk Challenge! It's ON! (Like Donkey Kong!) - 2 views

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    "A couple of months ago when Brad Gustafson (principal/lead learner at Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth Minnesota), asked me if I wanted to help him create a "book talk" play-off podcast, of course I jumped at the chance. Since then, we've been plotting, scheming, designing, collaborating (mostly over Voxer) and collecting video book talks from some of the finest educators on the planet, so that we can bring you (insert drum roll here) ... 

    The #30secondbooktalk Podcast Challenge!!!! 
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John Evans

Spanish-Language Apps: A Starter Collection| Touch and Go | School Library Journal - 0 views

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    "In 2014, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, a research lab focusing on children, digital media, and education published Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids. (free on iBooks). A Spanish-language edition of the guide, Apps en familia, became available last fall as an iBook and downloadable PDF. The 20-page booklet addresses the educational value of digital media and offers best practice suggestions. Research-based findings on using apps and recommendations on some of the family activities available through them-from creating photo albums to bird watching-are also included. A separate section answers parents' questions and provides resources for locating quality products.
    Share the guide and some of our Spanish-language and bi-lingual app recommendations for children with the adults who use your library, and if you don't have any Spanish-language apps on your library devices, it's time to begin a collection. The annotations below excerpted from the School Library Journal reviews when available; title links will bring you to the full review, price links to iTunes, Google Play, or Nook downloads. All of the apps listed are available in the United States. Feel free to add the titles of some of your favorites."
John Evans

The Library Voice: GeoGuessr Now Available On Your iPhone and iPad....Get Your Students... - 2 views

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    "As I was looking through Twitter yesterday, I was very excited to see this tweet from our friends at GeoGuessr. 

    We can now explore the world with GeoGuessr with an iPad and iPhone using the new app.  

    What fun news this is for our learners....and for all of us to play the best geography game online anywhere. "
John Evans

The Library Voice: Hour Of Code from Code.org Is Right Around The Corner....Sign Up & C... - 1 views

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    "One of my favorite events of the year will be here in a few weeks.  It is called Hour of Code and there is something exciting for everyone!"
John Evans

Partnering with the Denton Public Library - Soldering Workshop | Create, Collaborate, I... - 0 views

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    "At the Denton mini-maker faire, I noticed Trey of Denton Public Library was teaching young children to solder! I was so excited about this empowering activity, I asked if he'd collaborate with me and come teach my high school students to solder during one of our makerspace lunch events.

    So for two days last week, Trey brought 10 soldering stations, some Makey badges, and a whole lot of knowledge.  I loved how Trey told the students, "It's tool, don't be afraid of it, just respect it.""
John Evans

McPherson Square Library's Fall Fest! | MakerJawn - 1 views

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    "McPherson Square Library, a site that launched Maker programming just last month, held a Fall Festival this past weekend. Maker Jawn was invited to attend and host an activity table. Gavin and I went, ready for some animation with a set of iPads and a big box of Play Doh. We decided to do stop motion animation because the event was projected to have hundreds of attendees and from experience we know that this activity is usually a crowd-pleaser, and one that doesn't require a lot of consumable supplies. Because the theme of the Festival was food and nutrition related, Gavin brought a recent plaster cast of his teeth, which proceeded to eat all different kinds of Play Doh creations."
John Evans

Program & Event Posters - Winnipeg Public Library - 2 views

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    "Need a poster or flyer of a library event to share with your group? Download our event posters and print or share them with your network, class or organization! Help us spread the word on all the great things happening at the library."
John Evans

How to make a $100 makerspace for your library | The DHMakerBus - 4 views

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    "Working with the MakerBus we've had to learn how to do a lot with very little. This is the first instalment of a three-part series exploring how to create library makerspaces with very little (the $100 makerspace), moderate (the $1000 makerspace), and a ludicrous (the $1,000,000 makerspace) amounts of funding. Follow along as we share our experience and insight about how to make the most of your funding to create an awesome space for creative play."
John Evans

How to make a $1000 makerspace for your library | The DHMakerBus - 1 views

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    "Last week we explored ideas for building a $100 library makerspace. This week we're increasing our budget 10 fold and exploring how to build a $1000 library makerspace. While our budget has gone up significantly, we'll still have to be strategic about how we spend our money."
John Evans

Delaware boy creates prosthetic hand with library 3D printer | 6abc.com - 3 views

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    "CLAYMONT, Del. (WPVI) -- The library can be a very resourceful place.

    But 10-year-old Colin Consavage of Claymont, Delaware took his knowledge to a whole new level, going to a public library and using a 3D printer to create a human-like hand.

    "I was already pretty interested in bionics," Colin told Action News Thursday.
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