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John Evans

Laura Fleming: Don't Let Makerspaces Be A Passing Trend | School Library Journal - 2 views

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    "In 21 years in education, I have seen many trends come and go. I am on a mission to keep makerspaces from being added to that list. That's at the core of everything I do now. Makerspaces are an educational philosophy, foundationally solid, and we can't allow them to be cast aside by cynics who might suggest they were just a fun fad that has run its course. We must work to secure the future of makerspaces. Their fundamental purpose is too important, the impact on students too significant.

    A true makerspace offers student-driven opportunity for open-ended exploration for everyone. Makerspaces are a mind-set, a culture. It's about the pedagogy. A great makerspace has seven key attributes: It is personalized, deep (allowing deeper learning), empowering, equitable, differentiated, intentional, and inspiring. If you have all of that, you can call your space a makerspace-maybe even a great makerspace.

    So what's next? What is the key to the future of makerspaces? Sustainability. That requires proper planning. I am not just talking about the initial planning that is vital to creating the right makerspace for your school. This planning is for the future, and it requires looking back."
John Evans

We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Col... - 3 views

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    "Something that bothers me so much is when I read articles that talk about how libraries are becoming makerspaces.  Our makerspace is one component of the participatory culture that runs through our space.  Anyone who knows my story knows that my point of entry into the Maker Movement was through literacy, so for me, literacy and making have always gone hand in hand.  

    When I began as the Library Media Specialist at New Milford High School, I walked into a library that was similar to many school libraries in older schools.  It was very traditional looking, with tall stacks and lots and lots of books that students simply did not check out, nor have an interest in.  The collection was out of date and had not been weeded in decades.  One of the tasks for me was to weed the books.  During that weeding process, I decided that traditional nonfiction that made it through the weeding process would be sent to classrooms to build up their classroom research libraries.  I decided to keep any memoirs or narrative nonfiction that we had in our collection, since those were the kinds of books I discovered so many of our students did enjoy reading and would check out.  Amongst the vast fiction collection, we did find a few gems, but mostly we either discarded books that were no longer relevant to our students, gave them to classrooms who wanted them, or to individual students who showed an interest.  In the end, I was able to preserve just a few shelves of books.  As a result, I was tasked with rebuilding our collection."
John Evans

50 thought-provoking quotes about libraries and librarians - 1 views

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    "Libraries are essential in a process of giving citizens access to knowledge. In digital times they are needed more than ever before.

    Get your library card, and you'll be able to borrow a print or electronic book, use free internet, or attend a course improving your digital skills.

    See also:
    12 most talked-about ebook bestsellers of fall 2017
    11 exciting ways you can celebrate Read an Ebook Day 2017
    Most importantly, however, libraries are the places where you can expect smart and clear answers to even most difficult questions.

    Neil Gaiman perfectly describes what's happening in digital times: "Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one."

    In times of the internet, everyone can visit a library without leaving home. It's just a matter of opening a library website, and you can not only borrow an ebook but also ask the librarian an online question."
John Evans

A Huge eBook Library for Kids 12 and Under ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - 2 views

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    "Looking for some good summer reading books for your kid? Epic has you covered. It provides a huge library featuring over 20.000 eBooks designed specifically for kids 12 and under. The library also includes audio books, comic books, graphic novels, educational videos, read-to-me, fiction and nonfiction books from leading publishers such as Scholastic, Macmillan, National Geography, and HarperCollins.  Epic is free for elementary teachers and librarians in the US and Canada."
John Evans

NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free - DIY Phot... - 0 views

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    "No matter if you enjoy taking or just watching images of space, NASA has a treat for you. They have made their entire collection of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It's 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like."
John Evans

How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library | AASL Knowledge Quest - 0 views

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    "School libraries are starting makerspaces all over the world. It's an exciting time in education as we rediscover the power of creativity. But many schools rush to start makerspaces so quickly that they neglect building the maker culture. Developing a maker culture is a lot like developing a love of reading, it takes time and persistence and it's totally worth it. Here's a few ways that you can work to cultivate a love of making and creativity in your students."
John Evans

The Daring Librarian: 12 Insta Easy Instagram Library & Literacy Promotion Ideas - 1 views

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    "What's the point of Instagram and why should you spend your precious time and money on it? Well, don't worry about the cost, because it's FREE! So, all you really need is creativity and a few

    minutes a day to make meaningful, fun, and lasting connections with your community. And with Instagram you get a twofer! Even maybe a threefer, fourfer?! (is that a thing?) That's right, for the amazing low price of FREE, each Instagram post can cross pollinate to your Twitter, Facebook (:-P), Flickr, Tumblr, and that thing called Swarm that kinda took the place of the annoying Foursquare? That's pretty powerful! "
John Evans

AASL Post: 3 Reasons Why Making and Literacy Aren't Mutually Exclusive - 1 views

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    "My post last month on Why a Makerspace isn't a Magic Cure-all for Your Problems gained a lot of notice.  I've seen a vibrant social media conversation take off since then.  I have heard many people say in the conversation about making and libraries that they have reservations.  Many are worried about sacrificing literacy or reading when they create a makerspace.  They feel that traditional library programs and values will suffer.  They worry that the makerspace will replace the reading programs that they love.

    But I feel like they're missing out on something - the beautiful connection that can happen between making and literacy.  You don't have to give up your literature and reading programs when you start a makerspace.  Rather, makerspaces can help to bring a new dimension of literacy into your library.  There are so many elements and activities in makerspaces that fit perfectly into the types of library programs we all know and love."
John Evans

Planning on Renovating Your Library? Think Again. - Worlds of Learning - 5 views

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    "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 library's are not used, and thought that renovating their space was going to do the trick. Oftentimes, even with a big referendum that allows for a state-of-the-art renovation, those spaces continue to be unused.

    The solution to turning a library around is NOT a renovation, it is the culture.

    Upon my arrival at New Milford High School, I walked into a library that was unused and that was referred to by my principal at the time, Eric Sheninger, as a barren wasteland.  We didn't have the luxury of a big sum of money to renovate our space, so we were forced to think of other ways to make changes in our space.  Those changes focused not on how the space looked, but on transforming the culture of the space. "
John Evans

The Library Voice: Ringing In The New Year With One Of My Favorite AASL Best Apps.....B... - 1 views

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    "One of my favorite places to learn about new apps each year is the AASL Best Apps For Teaching and Learning.  

    I know all of the thought and knowledge that goes into selecting these 25 apps each year, so the list to me is one of the most special ways to bring the best of the best into the library and classroom.

    In the last four years, AASL has announced 100 apps but there are several that stand out for me.

    One of them is the Buncee app! "
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
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