May 27, 2016

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MakerSpace: Challenge Cards, getting teens to try new activities in the Teen MakerSpace

We are having tremendous success with our Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH) and are very excited to see the teens in our community using the space and learning new things. We have learned that certain items are more popular than others, with the button makers and 3D […]

SLJ Reviews LEGO WeDo 2.0

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The second-gen robotics system teaches STEM concepts to elementary students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Big Cash Prizes for Maker Spaces Up for Grabs

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Enter your dream maker space in the Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge. You may just snag the money to make it happen. But hurry; the deadline is April 1.

The Best of Toy Fair 2016 for Maker Spaces

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Our fearless reviewer—who just happens to be SLJ’s Librarian of the Year and a maker queen—canvassed the entire Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to find the most exciting innovations coming out this year.

STEAM Programs Sing in the Hands of Tricia Fuglestad

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Lauded STEAM leader Tricia Fuglestad spells out how she makes the magic happen at the “intersection of art and science.” Circuitry projects, stop motion videos, and, of course, LEGO, are all part of the plan. She even has an idea for bolstering a common weak spot in maker spaces: sharing the learning.

A Thematic Approach to Planning Your Maker Space

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Tips from Laura Fleming, author of “Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace at Your School.”

Resources from Mobile MegaShare | ISTE 2015

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The free exchange of resources and tips was fast and furious at the Mobile MegaShare, an ISTE 2015 preconference, held June 27 in Philadelphia.

The New Makerspace: Unboxing and the Learning Curve

The New Makerspace: Unboxing and the Learning Curve

For those of you following my current journey, the new Makerspace stuff at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County has arrived! New to my journey: I’m at a new library and I re-evaluated my previous MakerSpace, doing some comparison of tech components and putting together a Lego based MakerSpace that incorporates Little […]

How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning

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Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Build Something Bold Award Submissions Deadline Extended to May 11

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Holly Whitt, 2014 Build Something Bold Award-winning librarian, explains how the proceeds are improving her school library and encourages others to apply.

Are you building something bold?

Are you building something bold?

Are you engaged in integrating 1:1 technology? project-based learning instruction? makerspace learning? With all that making going on and all the thoughtful tech integration you share in your blogs, webinars and on your sites, my guess is that so many of you are very eligible for SLJ’s Build Something Bold award. Sponsored by LEGO® Education, […]

5 Things Libraries Can Learn from Starbucks and Lego

5 Things Libraries Can Learn from Starbucks and Lego

In March, two companies launched PR campaigns that were a bit of a misfire and received some backlash. First Starbucks launched their #RaceTogether initiative, which would have their barista’s write #RaceTogether on the coffee cups they served and asked their employees to engage in discussion with their customers. The thing is, it turned out that […]

Little, Brown Partners with LEGO; Lambda Literary Award Finalists | News Bites

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In the latest News Bites: voting for the Children’s Choice Book Award is wide open until May 3; Little, Brown will release its first LEGO graphic novel in September 2015; and the finalists for the Lambda Literary Award for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books published in 2014 have been announced.

Interlude Press Launches LGBTQ Imprint; Marvel Comics Partners with Scribd; Follett Challenge | News Bites

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In the latest News Bites: Interlude Press launches an LGBTQ imprint for young adult readers, Lerner Publishing acquires Egmont USA’s remaining titles, and Follett announces three semifinalists for the 2015 Follett Challenge.

SLJ Reviews LEGO StoryStarter: Using the classic brick, plus software, to foster narrative skills

SLJ Reviews LEGO StoryStarter: Using the classic brick, plus software, to foster narrative skills

Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

White House Declares June 18 “National Day of Making” and Launches Maker Initiatives for Libraries

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On June 18, the White House hosted its very first Maker Faire, where the Institute of Museum and Library Services and LEGO Systems announced STEM and STEAM initiatives for libraries across the country.

SLJ and LEGO Education Launch Library Design Competition

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The “Build Something Bold” Library Design Award seeks innovators in the field of space use, resources, and programming in both libraries and classrooms around the United States.

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

“The EV3 is one of those toys that transcends consumerism and becomes a pathway into new kinds of hands-on production and learning for kids and adults alike,” writes Chad Sansing in our review of LEGO’s latest version of the popular Mindstorms robotics platform.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Teens Review Peter Gabriel, Grammy Compilation, and LEGO Movie Video Game

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How can you go wrong with a character named Emmett Brickowski? The LEGO Movie Gameis pleasing fans both young and old, as will cuts from the just released Grammy 2014 Nominees compilation. Peter Gabriel continues to be innovative and inspirational on his latest album, And I’ll Scratch Yours.

Low Tech, High Gains: Starting a Maker Program Is Easier Than You Think

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Has the maker movement taken hold in your library yet? Starting a maker space is easier—and less costly—than you may think. Technologies such as robotics, digital video production, computer coding, and 3-D printing may garner the most attention, but traditional activities instill the same spirit of invention, collaboration, and critical thinking of the maker phenomenon.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.