It was a busy weekend- cleaning the house, doing the laundry, making dinners and using social media to get the files to bring unique professional development to our library from Laura Fleming, pioneering librarian author of Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace in Your School. I learned all about Laura’s library from her principal, Eric Sheninger, at our regional CNY SLS Conference last week.
Since I heard her story, I have taken baby steps to begin planning a makerspace in our high school library. The kids want a 3-D printer. I want a more focused space in our library where the kids are learning by playing games and doing. I want them to do more, and learn more, by having fun. I’d like to improve their thinking by allowing games, experiments, coding activities, and hands-on projects to happen.
The next objective I have is to not only maintain this blog, but to advance a brand for our library on its Facebook page, and a blog for the school community. I’m hoping to get our students to brainstorm and perhaps given them ownership of our online content.
Laura and Eric also inspired my desire to try open badging professional development to train teachers about Web 2.0, websites and databases we have so they can integrate them into their curriculum. Laura GAVE me her files. I know this might be complicated, but I’m hoping with some support that I can have a platform where teachers may go and try out the cool tools I get exposed to at my conferences, the databases and websites we purchase in our district, and that it will motivate ongoing learning and further collaboration. We will see how it goes, but the only route to success is to suffer failure. I’m willing to take the risk, and I wasn’t before.