This is your mission should you choose to accept it... So, here we are three weeks after FAME conference and I am embarking on my Maker Space journey. According to the road map I have outlined, it will be an epic quest and it will take the hands of many courageous helpers along the way.
Step 1: Identify spaces that can be makerspaces.
Step 2: Planning: What do we have! What can we do!
Zone 1: The Game Zone
Einstein said "Play is the highest form of research." It is with that in mind that we plan our Game play area. We are hoping to create a LEGO corner, a WII setup, at least 4 Minecraft computers, and of course, a wall full of every board and strategy game we can get.
Help Corner Creativity with LEGOs
More to come in a future post
Zone 4 Upcycle and recycle arts and crafts area
Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Build it! Upcycle an unused audiovisual cart (we know you have them everywhere) and a cardboard box into a mini mobile classroom space.
Presto: mobility in your teaching spaces in the media center!
How to cope? Upcycle!
Let creativity be your guide.
Here are some of those ideas...
So, one day as I was weeding my collection of VHS tapes, I decided to save the boxes. No real purpose at that point. I just thought they were sturdy boxes and they could be used for something. It was later when I was creating a display for Banned Books Week that a purpose became evident. You see, we all want our students to check out the books they become interested in, but how do I have a book on display but still allow book checkout? I made these book dummies. I used the VHS case as the body for a book cover and added information about the book in conjunction with Banned Books Week.
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Some of the best webinars that I have ever participated in were provided on edWEB.net.
Each community has the following features, more or less:
- Community blog---which features news and announcements within that community, feature articles from experts, and other exciting information.
- Discussion forums--provide members to ask questions and engage in conversations that are relevant to your learning and development.
- Resource library--additional materials provided by community members for the benefit of the PLN.
- Webinar archives--unquestionably the best part of edweb communities, are the archives, in which you may view a recorded webinar, take a quiz, and earn ceu's asynchronously!
- Polls & Quizzes--usually used to gauge collective opinions or to gain insight for future webinar offerings.
The webinars allow you to have professional development with those experts from other states that we would only come in contact with at a state or national conference.
Assistant Professor & Director of Library and Instructional Design