Sharing our makerspace ideas

We had a successful meeting the other night where teacher librarians got together to talk about how they are creating maker spaces in their libraries. The ideas and approaches vary widely but they all share the same goal of allowing the students to express their creative side and learn at the same time as enjoying what they are doing.

We were going to run it like a teach meet with very short presentations but a few people had to pull out due to illness so each presentation went a little longer. We also had the opportunity to try out some of the activities spoken about.

The best part of these meetings is the sharing that happens with everyone talking about the approaches they take in their schools. Even when using the same materials, the approaches and resulting student creations can be very different.

My part of the evening included the presentation below.

Pinterest boards:

There are many posts and articles written about makerspaces and (school) libraries. Below in one presentation I like.

Useful links


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More on Student Groups – Infographic 2


A second great infographic by Mia MacMeekin It offers an addititional infographic that compliments the first, with similar ideas but also a few different ideas.

  1. Bond
  2. Supplies
  3. Intervene (If they are struggling)
  4. Praise
  5. Research steps (clear and simple)
  6. Freedom (the one I particularly like)

The freedom to:

  • explore
  • fail
  • have fun
  • be creative
  • do it their way

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6 ideas for Forming Effective Student Teams and Groups


I have been working teachers and their year 7 students. They have been working in literature circle groups and others on some research activities.
It is interesting watching the dynamics and how different groups and classes perform their tasks. It is easy to put students into groups but creating effective student groups takes a bit more work.

I liked the following infographic by Mia MacMeekin as it offers a few ideas to help assist teachers to make groups more productive but still student lead. It is logical and not really new but it helps to remind us that these form a range of the approaches, particularly useful as “one-size never fits all.”

There are 6 Tips For Creating Effective Student Groups

  1. Create a ZPD Zone. This refers to Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal development. He frames student ability in terms of developmental range. This is different for each student and understanding the different ranges for the students can assist in making decisions about the groups.
  2. Cognitive Dissonance is Good. Encourage the student to stretch themselves beyond what is comfortable
  3. Numbers Count. (4-6 being optimum)
  4. Praise and recognition of good group behaviours)
  5. Give Them Something to Do. Use the PBL (Problem-based learning) approach which works well in a group setting allowing for different knowledge and strengths of all in the group.
  6. Facilitate the team bonding by assisting in the initial brainstorming activity. The trust that comes with good team bonding allows everyone a voice and participation by all.

Originally posted on An Ethical Island:

1 Step in the Process:

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Digital Citizenship: Your choices


Many times the decisions that you need to make to be a good digital citizen are logical and invlove using some common sense and good manners. However it can be easy to forget or overlook some simple steps hen in a hurry so having prompts/posters/images around to remind us about our rights and responsibilities.

The image below is from the  Anethical Island site. It has many of the components of digital citizenship covered. It would be a great resource to use in the classroom or the library to introduce and/or remind them about the many aspects of digital citizenship. Each component/bos is worthy of discussion from a variety of directions: What does each component mean to the reader? How does it apply to each person? What ones apply now? What behaviours need to change/be altered?  and so on.

Put the poster up and have the conversations with your students and your colleagues

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The more our students are online, the more information they will encounter.

It is important for them not only be able to access this information, but also to be the best digital citizens that they can be.

Here are some ideas. I am sure there are lots and lots more.


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Useful Links

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Useful links

Educational Postcard:  Collaboration is by Ken Whytock, on Flickr
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