Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Makerspots


With the debut/sneak peek of the Huegel Makerspace this month, it's about time to start a list of the Makerspots created for the occasion. (This is not a promise that all of these are available at all times. Please contact me if you are interested in a particular Makerspot for your class or student/s.)
  • Lego Table
  • Technology Take Apart -- Just added "Things Come Apart" and "The Art of Clean Up" as inspirational titles. Beautiful.
  • Letters & Words: Field Day Thank you note
  • Osmo Tangrams
  • Temple Building
  • LittleBits
  • Look Closely: Drawing from nature
  • More to come!
During a class Sneak Peek, students are given a Makerspace orientation, assigned a Makerspot to try out ,and asked to complete a rating card. Fun! Exciting!

(Just a note: Can't wait til there is a dedicated space for the Makerspace after the remodel!)



Monday, May 25, 2015

LaQ Blocks

I discovered LaQ blocks last week. Amazing! One set of 175 small blocks and connectors, one librarian, one technology integrator and a bunch of kids... we all had lots fun with them. They make a very satisfying click, and are easy to put together and take apart. But they are hard to find! I'm hoping to get more -- and soon!



Friday, May 22, 2015

Agency by Design

http://www.agencybydesign.org
I've been trying to find a really good way to explain a maker space in a school library. I may have found it in this project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education--Agency by Design. The Educator Resources section includes this nugget--A key goal of maker-centered education is to help young people and adults feel empowered to build and shape their worlds--and four "thinking routines" to help reach that goal.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Un-Maker Project?

Some kids just LOVE taking things apart, so I've got a challenge for them. Can they take apart this radio/cassette/CD unit and match part with function? How many parts does it contain? How many parts can be named? It will take some detective work.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Green Screen Fun

Simply hanging up a green screen and downloading the DoInk Green Screen app has allowed some photo fun in the LMC. The kids' eyes widen a bit when they see some photos and then they start thinking of their own. Shazam! Increased engagement and empowerment--students bringing new ideas to their projects and into their classrooms.