Teacher librarian Phil Goerner offers ways librarians can jumpstart computer programming activities with kids and teens during Hour of Code, taking place December 7–13.
Heather Booth discovers a new way to bring an intergenerational maker program—and benefit the community—to the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs, IL.
No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.
Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.
Maker was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that was a good thing for Jennifer Hanson, director of library services at Worcester (MA) Academy, who is planning a maker space at her school.
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.
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.
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.
Quilting, knitting, and creating by hand foster collective learning. Plus: Top 10 crafting tips; Five outstanding crafting programs
Design thinking and making were top of mind at SXSWEdu, as participants considered the learning potential around these hot topics. In official programming, in the hallways, and over barbecue, librarians were on hand to help advance that conversation.
Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares updates on the creation and establishment of his high school’s first maker space.
The new year is always a time of optimism. This year in particular, positive tendencies will influence our work in schools and public libraries.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Sometimes I wonder what my girlfriends and I would be like today if more models like the super-awesome Sylvia were around when we were kids. I kinda want every kid to meet her. I first heard of Sylvia from my friend Gary Stager who often shares her story and segments from Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show […]
Multimedia. Minecraft. Knitting. Bike repair. School Library Journal and Library Journal have launched a survey of non-book specific activities. Whether you’re a school or public library, we’d like to hear about this programming.
Kids have always made in my library. We encouraged digital and visual and dramatic and rhetorical creativity before, during, and after school. But for a while, I’ve questioned the value of using already heavily used real estate to randomly carve out space for a 3D printer, electronics stations and sewing machines. I had my doubts […]
Librarians from New England, New York, and New Jersey met to discuss top topics and share best practices at the sixth annual KidLibCamp at Darien Library.
The Arapahoe Library District’s (ALD) recent technology fair, Tour de Tech, left the public talking tech—and about libraries as community hubs for difficult-to-access technologies. Seventy percent of attendees who filled out an evaluation had never attended a library event before.
Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide
Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Last night I attended the Special Spring Break Edition of TL News Night featuring some of the amazing men of libraryland: Andy Plemmons, Shannon Thompson Stacy Ford and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf. Sherry Gick and Nikki Robertson moderated. The conversation focused on student voice. And it was pretty darn special, with practical, engaging, inexpensive and sticky learning […]
“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.