2015 ISTE Makerspaces Takeaway

If you're trying to keep up with the Maker Movement, have a look at this article that summarizes sessions at this year's ISTE workshops.  The takeaways include problem solving, small budget solutions, mobile makerspaces, as well as a list of maker/educators who blog and tweet on the subject. It's always [...]

School Librarians Push for More ‘Maker Spaces’

Source: Education Week Must makerspaces have a 3-D printer? What kind of skills do they help foster in students? This article, School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' is a good summary of how makerspaces are taking off in the United States and even being used to support the curriculum's Common [...]

MELS Library Symposium – Photos of Dream-Plan-Create in Action

On March 16th and March 17th, school library personnel from across Quebec got together for the annual MELS Library Symposium.  This year's theme was Dream, Plan, Create.  Keynote speaker Joanne de Groot got us thinking about the exciting possibilities that the Canadian Library Association standards can ignite right here in [...]

A District Superintendent Blogs about the LLC as a Space of Discovery

Students at West Bay Elementary School, Courtesy of Chris Kennedy, used with permission Chris Kennedy is the Superintendent of Schools / CEO with the West Vancouver School District (West Vancouver, BC).  I like the title of his blog, The Culture of Yes.  When you study improvisation in theatre, you learn that blocking off [...]

Beth Holland’s 4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

4 Tips To Transform Your Learning Space is another article for the Library Learning Commons file that you might want to compile.  Holland breaks down the transformation from the traditional school library to learning commons with 4 general tips that are easy to remember: Photo from   1. Create [...]

Great Webinar Recording on Makerspaces

This past week, I participated in a webinar on Makerspaces entitled  Makerspaces: The Now Revolution in School Libraries with Leslie Preddy, school librarian in Indianapolis, Indiana. She's also the author of the book, School Library Makerspaces, Grades 6 - 12.  If you are a member of edweb (anyone can register [...]