Build and field-test an educational maker program that supports lifelong learning

Back by popular demand—with all new content—is the third installment of SLJ’s Maker Workshop. In this 4-week online course, you’ll dig into up-to-the-minute topics and tools alongside innovative experts spanning school, public, and academic settings and authorities from beyond the library world. Course sessions will explore multiple technologies, digital making, STEAM, web literacy, and so much more.

Guest speakers appear each week, live via web video, in interactive sessions with q&a. You’ll work in small groups with facilitators experienced in the maker movement to complete assignments and field research in your library that will fuel your maker program and support lifelong learning.

New in this course
Rapid fire fast-learning sessions to bring you up to speed on the exciting work of some of the most creative makers from around the country!

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Gain exposure to innovative tech companies, makers, and librarians.
  • Learn from program blueprints that you can emulate.
  • Develop an action plan for launching or fueling your maker program within your budget, whether it’s $0 or much larger.

Online Course Features

  • Instructor-led online courses feature personalized interaction over four weeks
  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live webcast (with recordings available afterward)
  • Homework assignments to help you make progress on your goals
  • Individualized attention from course facilitators who work with you in a coaching environment to help sort out challenges
  • Ongoing group conversation via discussion forums
  • Articles, videos and other resources

 

Who should take this course?

Librarians, educators, and those developing programming for the community, from early learning professionals and media specialists, or those interested in facilitating maker activities will benefit from attending. Participants will walk away with tools to fuel programming and maker space planning.


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QUESTIONS? Contact us today!

Registration includes access to the archived presentations from our first two Maker Workshops held June and September 2015. That’s over 11 hours of expert content from leaders inside and outside of the library!

 


 

COURSE SCHEDULE

 Guest speakers appear each week, live via web video, in interactive sessions with q&a. You’ll work in small groups with facilitators experienced in the maker movement to complete assignments and field research in your library that will fuel your maker program and support community engagement by the end of the course.

 

WEEK1: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

1:00-1:45 pm ET:  DESIGN THINKING TO ENGAGE YOUR COMMUNITY

How do you create programming that will serve the needs of your users? Hear from noted creator of apps for social good Marnie Webb in this inspiring kickoff to our third Maker Workshop. Learn how design thinking can help us better serve our communities, with diverse examples and practical tips on how to get things done, locally. From generating ideas to considering the abundance of resources, this big-picture presentation will bring us together and get us grounded toward doing good work.

Speaker:

MArnie WebbMarnie Webb
CEO, Caravan Studios
View Marnie Webb’s 2015 SLJ Leadership Summit keynote presentation, “Work Smarter Through Extreme Listening”.

 

1:45-2:30: LITERACY & MAKING

Explore how hands-on learning experiences can enhance multiple literacies in this interactive session. Led by two expert practitioners, you’ll glean insight and practical tips on deriving meaning from various types of making, from 3-D printing, horticulture, robotics and wearables, to a new program around the Internet of Things.

Speaker:

Laura Fleming
Laura Fleming

School Librarian
New Milford High School (NJ)

 

Adam RogersAdam Rogers
Emerging Technology Services Librarian
North Carolina State University Libraries

 

 

Weekly Assignment: Set your maker program goals and begin to estimate budgets under two scenarios (realistic and stretch scenarios)


 

WEEK 2: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1:00-2:00 PM: STEM IN THE REAL WORLD

Biotech is one hot field and computer science is more relevant than ever. In this week’s session, you’ll find that you needn’t be an expert to help foster citizen scientists and next generation engineers. Get the scoop on tapping local expertise, working on the cheap and on the fly, and collaborating well within your organization to achieve a successful program. A teacher who built a computer science class from scratch—without knowing how to code herself—and a public librarian who created a maker space for biology lead the session.

Speakers:

Shaun BrileyShaun Briley
Branch Manager
La Jolla/Riford Library,
San Diego Public Library (CA)


Ruth Mesfun

Computer Science Teacher-6th Grade
Excellence Girls Middle Academy (NYC)

 

 

2:00-2:30 PM: LESSONS FROM THE DREAM LAB

Experimentation is the m.o. of the Labs at DC Public Library, where users can make and collaborate in four unique spaces. Learn how the library evolved alongside community need and why open exploration serves users of all ages. With the motto “We break it better,” the Labs offer insight you won’t want to miss.

Speaker:

Nick Kerelchuk
Popular Services Manager
The Labs at DC Library, DC Public Library

 

Weekly Assignment: Tie your goals to rough program ideas; field test those ideas.

 


 

DEMO: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

1:00-1:30 pm ET: LEARNING THROUGH INVENTION WITH LITTLEBITS

In this demo of the littleBits STEAM Student Set, Erin Mulcahy will share innovative ways to get started using littleBits in a classroom or school library.

 


WEEK 3: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

1:00-1:45 pm ET: THE WEB AS MAKER PLATFORM

An informed and engaged citizenry of the web: that’s the goal of the Mozilla Foundation, which offers a slew of tools for achieving just that. Learn the ins and outs of teaching web literacy with Amira Dhalla in a guided tour of Mozilla’s resources for content creation, remixing, learning the basics of HTML and JavaScript, hosting a Maker Party, and much more.

Speaker:

Amira DhallaAmira Dhalla
Mozilla Foundation

 

 

1:45-2:30 pm ET: CREATIVE DIGITAL MAKING

Digital photobombing. App smashing. Making memes. Sound like fun? Then join us for a return engagement by Tricia Fuglestad. Back by popular demand, the award-winning art educator, who wowed our Fall Workshop attendees, will present great projects you can do with all ages in the STEAMiest presentation yet. Watch Tricia’s STEAM presentation from SLJ’s Maker Workshop 2!  

Speaker:

Tricia FuglestadTricia Fuglestad
Art Teacher – K-5, Dryden Elementary (IL)
and 2013 Western Region Elementary Art Teacher of the Year

 

 

Weekly Assignment: Research program areas beyond your expertise. Refine your phase-one program ideas. Field-test them in your library and on social media.


WEEK 4: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

1:00-1:45: IT’S IN OUR HANDS: HOW MAKING MAKES US HAPPY AND MORE CREATIVE

Using our hands feels good and is good for us. Learn how tactile work enhances physical and emotional well being as well as creativity from Alton and Carrie Barron. The husband and wife team—a hand surgeon and psychiatrist, respectively—will present current psychological research that will get us all tinkering.

Speakers:

Carrie and Alton BarronCarrie Barron, MD and Alton Barron, MD
Co-authors
The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness with Your Own Two Hands (S&S)

 

 

1:45-2:30: FAST LEARNING SESSIONS: READY, SET, MAKE!

Get ready for an action-packed program with this week’s new “fast-learning sessions,” where some of the most creative makers from around the country offer glimpses into their maker worlds. From Steampunk makerspaces to Maker Expos to Molecular Gastronomy, this week’s program will show you that when it comes to making, the sky really is the limit!

1:45-2:00: STEAMPUNK MAKER SPACES

Speaker:

HEather MorrefieldHeather Moorefield-Lang
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science
College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina

 

 

2:00-2:15: SLIME (Students of Long Island Maker Expo)

Speaker:

Kristina HolzweissKristina Holzweiss
School Librarian
Bay Shore Middle School (NY) and SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year                           

                         

2:15-2:30: GLOBALORIA – MAKE QUEST

Speaker:

Idit HarelIdit Harel
CEO
Globaloria

 

Weekly Assignment: Create your final maker program plan with updated goals, budgets, program ideas, and launch plans, including marketing, execution, and logistics.


REGISTER TODAY

QUESTIONS? Contact us today!

Registration includes access to the archived presentations from our first two Maker Workshops held June and September 2015. That’s over 11 hours of expert content from leaders inside and outside of the library! View archive list here.



“The Lead the Change Maker Workshop was a transformational experience. The diversity of topics, speakers and ideas held a golden nugget for everyone who participated. I came away with a complete plan for our library makerspace as well as the concept of our library as a platform – a foundation for learning experiences that appeal to all aspects of the community. Such a strong and powerful placement for our organizations as partners in education and community development.”
– Library Director, Wallkill, New York
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“I found this course to be a great learning experience. It helped me to formulate a proposal and gave me the step by step process on how to reach my goal.... I am excited to begin my makerspace adventure and look forward to seeing it become a reality.”

- Library Assistant, Ontario, Canada





Past Maker Workshops

Fall 2015
Summer 2015