November 18, 2017

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Real-World STEM: a Library Bio Lab and a Sixth-Grade Code Curriculum

A Brooklyn middle school teacher who built a computer science class from scratch and a California public librarian who created a library bio lab shared the stage at the Lead the Change session “STEM in the Real World.”

Big Cash Prizes for Maker Spaces Up for Grabs

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.

Design Thinking Maximizes Maker Spaces

Marnie Webb’s keynote to SLJ’s Maker Workshop, a four-week online course, introduced an often-overlooked approach to launching and improving maker spaces.

White House Announces 2016 National Week of Making, June 17–23

Along with President Obama’s announcement of the 2016 National Week of Making, June 17–23, he described two other initiatives to support maker spaces and technical education in schools.

Tiny Ozobot Gets Kids into Block-based Programming | Test Drive

School Library Journal reviews Ozobot, the golf-ball size robot designed to draw kids into learning programming.

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

SLJ’s Top Posts of 2015

From a controversial state bill to new ways to approach reading with teens and Minecraft, our top posts of the year were an eclectic mix.

STEAM Programs Sing in the Hands of Tricia Fuglestad

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

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

Spooktacular Halloween Library Programs for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth suggests ways librarians can offer fiendishly fun Halloween programming for kids of all ages.

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

Chicago High School Hosts Citywide Maker Faire, Coproduced by the School’s Library Director   

Can you imagine having a Maker Faire at your school? That’s the case at Schurz High School in Chicago, where students are helping host the annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, which draws 2,000 attendees.

OITP Hacks the Culture of Learning in the Library | ALA Annual 2015

While the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) is largely concerned with policy on the legislative level, an OITP-sponsored program at ALA’s 2015 annual conference, Hacking the Culture of Learning in the Library, focused on what libraries themselves need to know to function as outside-the-school-walls learning zones.

MakerBridge Site and Blog Show Diversity in Maker Movement | The Maker Issue

Being a maker is about independence and empowerment, says MakerBridge Project founder Sharona Ginsberg. Focused on making in libraries and schools, the site features tech tips, tool reviews, and variety of resources and profiles.

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

Tips for Top-Notch Stop-Motion Workshops | The Maker Issue

Strong apps and fun working materials are key to great stop-motion projects with kids. But good planning and inspired book tie-ins can carry the day.

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How Brooklyn Special Ed Students Built a Library | The Maker Issue

Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.

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3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

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

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.

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Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch| The Maker Issue

Resources for learning to code online and face to face, from Khan Academy to Black Girls Code; and suggested lesson plans using Scratch.

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3-D Printing: Worth the Hype? | The Maker Issue

What is 3-D printing exactly, and how does it serve kids? Here’s a walk-through.

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Illinois Public Library Partners with Middle School on Eighth Grade Maker Program

Due to the partnership between Thomas Middle School in Arlington, IL, and Arlington Heights Memorial Library, a group of 29 eighth graders participated in a maker class creating everyday objects, including jewelry and take-apart scissors.