Ahh! The power of networking with colleagues and sharing ideas.
From one colleague managing a large library in a girls’ school in Sydney, the response: “I am thinking trolleys.” Oohh.. and of course that might work too.
From another colleague: “I just give them stuff at lunchtime and let them work it out between themselves. I don’t have to know more than them.. they can do it all”
As the 2014 editor of the NSW School Library Association magazine, Words., I am keen to hear from others in my field. How are they working towards their maker models for their libraries?
The Feature section in Issue 1, 2014, is the result of my collaborated conversation with 3 different school libraries and professional groups on the potential of a Maker Space in a school library.
In writing and coordinating this series of articles, I have realised how important it has become to read widely, and widen the professional network well beyond the school environment to remian updated, current and empowered to make well informed decisions for our libraries.
Where else can we continue the conversation?
My favourite local bloggers who are exploring Maker Spaces too and are worth following:
Kay Oddone: Resource Link Blog for Brisbane Catholic Education. (@KayC28)
Anne Weaver: In her Learning post blog Anne gets the conversation started! (@Anneticipation)
Hacker Meet Ups: The Gold Coast Tech Space and Brisbane Hacker groups are a valuable network of skills and ideas.
My presentation to the Brisbane SLAQ AGM, 2014 sharing the progress and thinking.
So… let’s keep talking to each other!
June, 2014 EduTech2014 event
Lucky to attend the Masterclass of Gary Stager, (author of Invent to Learn) and a taste of Joyce Valenza, our respected Library guru, to put gadgets and gizmos in my hands for the first time. Working with a range of abilities and groups, we built and demonstrated how much fun it can be to build your own circuit, sew your own flashy fabrics, and make things happen with a Makey Makey kit. We just had to have some of all this in our school library!