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John Evans

5 Reasons Makerspaces Belong in School Libraries - 2 views

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    "The Maker Movement continues to grow, and makerspaces have hit a point where they are clearly no longer just a passing fad. Academic universities are conducting research and gathering data on makerspaces' impact on learning, and dozens of books have already been published. More and more makerspaces are being created in schools, some in separate labs and some in corners of classrooms. And some makerspaces, of course, are in the library.

    In these last four years of speaking at conferences, chatting on Twitter and talking to colleagues, I've fielded a lot of questions from two camps.

    One camp is made up of hesitant librarians. They're not really sure that a makerspace belongs in the library. They're afraid of it taking over their whole program and replacing the books. Their school already has a STEM lab, so why do they need a makerspace in their library too?

    The other camp is made up of librarians who are ready and eager to start a makerspace, but who are meeting resistance from their administration. We already have an art studio; why do we need a makerspace in the library too? Aren't those kids just playing and messing around with LEGO® bricks? Shouldn't the library be a quiet, clean, studious environment? How would a space like this tie in with curriculum, improve test scores or create better experiences for our students?

    This article looks to address some of these concerns and to explain why makerspaces do belong in libraries."
John Evans

Integrating Makerspaces Throughout the Curriculum -- SteamUniverse - 5 views

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    "As makerspaces start to pop up in schools across the country, some educators, particularly those teaching non-STEM subjects, may be wondering what exactly they're supposed to do with them. Policymakers and administrators, meanwhile, want to make sure the spaces and resources are well utilized and are providing as much educational bang for the buck as possible. Luckily, integrating makerspaces throughout the curriculum is fairly easy with the right frame of mind."
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."
Reynold Redekopp

New eBook - volume two of Manitoba Education and Technology | ManACE.ca - 0 views

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    A book written by Manitoba educators on how they are implementing Maker and Coder ideas. Edited by Mike Nantais and Reynold Redekopp
John Evans

How to Run a Maker Madness Tourney at Your School by @AnnemarieCat - A.J. JULIANI - 0 views

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    "The Makerspace movement has been steadfastly gaining traction in education, and rightly so; what better way to incite creativity, encourage inventiveness, and just generally let kids have fun than by giving them Things and asking them to Make Something?

    One great way to introduce the concept of making to your school is through a Maker Madness Tournament.  This structured, guided, tiered competition gives faculty and students some great exposure to what it means to be a Maker while cashing in on the inherent joy that children find in some friendly competition!"
John Evans

Elementary Makerspaces - About - 1 views

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    "A Makerspace is a place where kids can explore, create, make mistakes, and learn. It is a place of crafting, technology, inquiry, and challenge. 

    There is no ONE way to run a Makerspace:
    ​Design one that works for your school, your budget, and your students!

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John Evans

Workbench Platform - 2 views

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    "Workbench provides a ready-made platform for makers of great products to connect with end users and build online communities. Makers can find new ways to use products, teachers can find new ways to teach, and everyone can share their own programming code, lessons, and experiences within the community"
John Evans

The Seven Myths Keeping Teachers from Designing Makerspaces - John Spencer - 1 views

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    "In the last post, I explored this idea that every student deserves a makerspace. In this post, I look at some of the most common myths I see regarding makerspaces.
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John Evans

Best 3D Pen 2017 - Buyer's Guide to 95 3D Pens incl. 3Doodler | All3DP - 3 views

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    "As of today, there are 95(!) 3D pens on the market. Read our comprehensive guide to find the best 3D pen for kids, hobbyists, and artists.

    3D pens are fun, whether you're a kid, a hobbyist or an artist - they can enhance your creativity and help you get a better understanding of three-dimensional objects."
John Evans

Making GREAT Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning - 5 views

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    "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 of 7 posts in which I highlighted what I feel are 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. They are as follows:"
John Evans

Maker & STEM | K-12 Blueprint - 8 views

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    "Our nation's continued economic prosperity is closely linked with student success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Use these resources to explore the critical role STEM education plays in driving innovation, and how schools and districts can expand the capacity and diversity of tomorrow's STEM workforce."
John Evans

​How Should We Measure the Impact of Makerspaces? | EdSurge News - 1 views

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    "Two years ago I attended an edtech conference focused on the then up-and-coming trend of makerspaces. The opening keynote speaker ended his presentation with a charge for all in attendance: "I hope that makerspaces don't become an edtech fad that goes away as quickly as it has risen to popularity; I hope you all can figure out how to do it right."

    So what is the "right way" when it comes to using makerspaces? And now that they have been established in schools all across the globe, how can we measure the impact that makerspaces have on student learning and achievement?

    Most facilitators would agree that standardized test scores may never accurately reflect the impact that makerspaces have on student achievement. Rather, it is a combination of the design thinking processes, service learning experiences, and 21st century skills being developed in makerspaces that are positively impacting student learning."
John Evans

LEGO Challenge Calendar Free Printable for Kids - 6 views

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    "A free Printable LEGO challenge calendar to use anytime during the year. Print it out, hang it up, give it to your kids. Feel inspired and taking your LEGO building time in a new direction. I have written out 31 Days of fun LEGO ideas using the bricks you have  and hopefully thinking of new ways to use some of those specialty pieces that don't see much action. We love kid's LEGO activities!"
John Evans

Because We Are All Learners | krissy venosdale - 3 views

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    "Technology moves far too fast to know every detail. That's what's changed.  In a society that moves quickly, we have to find ways to slow down, be in the moment, and process what's happening on the screen, in the device, or in the conversation around us.  People love to say that our kids are different - for their world is different than ours was.  The truth is, we have to adjust AND be ready to help guide them.  It's a challenge for sure, but it's going to be all about our ability to slow down, process, and deeply understand.  To get out of their way.
    But it's the reason I believe in the deepest part of my soul, that making is the future of education. Entrepreneurial-ship. Ideas that change our world.  Connecting with each other. Being a community.  Thinking deep about improving something, then doing it.  Helping our kids be WHATEVER they dream of and DREAMING big.  Because when we use technology that's one thing. But when we create with technology, and add in tangible, hands on materials?  It's us slowing down, and somehow in the midst we become the kind of learning environment that kids need, simultaneously becoming the kind of learning environment our kids need.  Because we are all learners."
John Evans

Troubleshooting Guide to 16 Common 3D Printing Problems | All3DP - 2 views

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    "Here at ALL3DP, we've had our fair share of print failures. But the upside to those failures is that we've become finely tuned to recognizing and solving many common 3D printing problems.

    Direct from our 3D printer troubleshooting experience, we've collected together 16 of the most common 3D printing problems we've had and replicated them here.

    This article will help you to quickly diagnose your 3D printing issues, and find the solution with our 3D printer troubleshooting guide. Discover how and when these 3D printing problems occur, and the steps you can take to avoid them in future."
Reynold Redekopp

Humble Book Bundle: LEGO presented by No Starch (pay what you want and help charity) - 3 views

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    Great deal on LEGO books
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