Read these Blogs- Educator Innovator and School Leaders Now

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If you remember my post about writing and making after the National Writing Project, you’ll enjoy this article discussing  “Why the School Library is the Perfect Place for Maker Education” on the Educator Innovator blog.

I’m still thinking about the thought process by my collaborative group session where teachers discussed the idea of revision as debugging and writing drafts as iterations. This combined with the cyclical nature of both writing, making, and inquiry are a great way to teach educators new ideas about incorporating making into their classes.

I was also interviewed for School Leaders Now blog about makerspaces for the free download “7 Ways Schools Will Change by 2020.” I stressed the importance of speaking with the community before making big purchases, and starting simple with the intent of expanding over time.


Head on over and check out both articles:



littleBits, Designing, Rapid Prototyping, and Libraries


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I have a new guest blog post up on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog about two of my favorite things: littleBits and library makerspaces!

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the post:

“Libraries are actually timeworn makerspaces in the sense that our communal space is a venerable place to find experts and create knowledge. The only difference is that we are moving beyond traditional literacies by adding making and invention to the mix. Now our students can create tangible things and create knowledge through that experience. Our patrons can make meaning through making. We want making and inventing to be accessible for all of our students and patrons.”


The post also discusses: design thinking, design challenges, playing to learn, and why making fits in the library.

Read the whole post here!

We house our maker materials in the library BECAUSE IT IS The one place students have access to at any point in the school day.