Teaching and Learning
The maker movement is in full swing. You want to jump in. It's hot. You want to get teachers on board too, but how do you bridge the gap? How do you build on the enthusiasm your students already have, while continuing to meet the needs of your teachers and their curriculum. You know that successful programs in the library are built on a foundation of student engagement and teacher buy-in. These are the questions that arose in our quest for the best way to begin a makerspace in the libraries of our region. We wanted to jump right in, purchase everything, try it all. But when approaching the use in our school libraries, we found the best course was to slow our pace, and start small. In this presentation we will share some ideas for how to start small, with curriculum-based maker kits, focusing on one maker tool at a time. We'll discuss how to get started by choosing one tool to focus on, evaluate potential funding sources and how to create lessons that connect that tool to your curriculum. Finally, we will discuss how to use professional development to build confidence and competence with your teachers and earn that buy-in.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Information Literacy, Instruction, Technology
Type of Library: Elementary School, Middle School, School/Media Center
Cost: Included with full conference registration.