ASLA Makerspaces in the school library

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Makerspaces are a growing movement. Find out how to get going in your library and share your ideas with others.

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ASLA Makerspaces in the school library

  1. 1. MAKERSPACES IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY J A C K I E C H I L D A N D M E G A N D A L E Y Australian School Library Association Inc.
  2. 2. title Australian School Library Association Inc. Jackie Child is a Teacher Librarian in the Junior School Library at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School. She has been teaching for 38 years and has held many positions within schools including Deputy Principal. She is passionate about teaching and is excited by the possibilities which technology is bringing to education. After spending 3 years involved in research with the ‘Griffith Serious Play Project’, Jackie is looking forward this year to joining Griffith University as a sessional tutor for ICT Primary. She has a blog documenting our journey in developing a library ‘MakerSpace’ http://jchild.edublogs.org/ Megan Daley is a Teacher Librarian in the Junior School Library at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School. She is a former National Vice President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and a judge on the Queensland Literary Awards. Megan has a Bachelor of Early Childhood, Grad Dip in Teacher Librarianship and a Masters of Education and works as a sessional tutor at Qld University of Technology. She is passionate about literature, digital technologies and social media, and blogs about all things literary, library and tech at www.childrensbooksdaily.com 2
  3. 3. Where we Began with Makerspaces Australian School Library Association Inc.  Libraries embracing makerspaces forum at The Edge, SLQ  Literature on Makerspace movement in America, for the list of what we have read see here http://childrensbooksdaily.com/school- libraries-makerspace-movement/  St Aidan’s has a strong sense of community and we immediately saw the potential for the school library space to be a makerspace.  Guided ‘making’ and ‘tinkering’ with Year 5/6 students as a ‘trial’ and this has extended to other year levels.  Minds and Hands working together – makerspace covers it all. 3
  4. 4. Links with the Australian Curriculum Australian School Library Association Inc. 4 Inquiry based learning underpins much of the Australian Curriculum and thus the role of the teacher librarian has never been more crucial in education in needing to equip students with new skills, knowledge and ways of learning to cope with the demands of today’s information overloaded society. General Capabilities for ICT ICT capability supports and enhances student learning across all areas of the curriculum. Students develop and apply ICT knowledge, skills and appropriate social and ethical protocols and practices to investigate, create and communicate, as well as developing their ability to manage and operate ICT to meet their learning needs.
  5. 5. Links with the Australian Curriculum Australian School Library Association Inc. 5 Digital Technologies Curriculum Design and Technologies Digital Technologies Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. A few example links are: Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (ACTDIP009) Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them (ACTDIP010)
  6. 6. Links with the Australian Curriculum Australian School Library Association Inc. 6 English Curriculum A few example links are:  Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responses (ACELT1610)  Make connections between students’ own experiences and those of characters and events represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts(ACELT1613)
  7. 7. Literature Supporting Makerspace Ideas Australian School Library Association Inc. 7 We have searched high and low for illustrated fiction books which support the idea that failure is an option and is as important as success and that difference is fabulous. We hope that reading these books with all year levels will arm our students with the vocabulary to talk about making and tinkering and encourage a growth mindset. You can see them all here www.childrensbookdaily.com/childrens-books-about-making-failing-trying- succeeding
  8. 8. Making it Part of our Routine Australian School Library Association Inc. 8 Structure of our Library Lessons
  9. 9. Area for a Makerspace Australian School Library Association Inc. 9 Making an area in the library
  10. 10. Australian School Library Association Inc. 10 • Creativity…….creating and making • Problem solving • Logical thinking • Computational thinking • Algorithms • Structured thinking • Designing • Making mistakes……learning from them, persistence • New literacy…… loop, variables, scale, repeat, branching, • Language of the future • Exploring and playing….best way to learn • Project Based Learning
  11. 11. Code Club Australian School Library Association Inc. 11 Coding is becoming more and more important as we live in a digital world. Our girls know how to use technology, but in Code Club they discover how it works and how to build it. They enjoy ‘unplugged’ activities as well as learning how to program using a variety of apps and software. It strengthens computational thinking, problem solving, planning, designing and collaboration as well as having plenty of creative fun! Unplugged activities http://csunplugged.org/ iPad apps & software https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/cod ing-apps-and-websites http://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-apps- teaching-children-coding-anna-adam
  12. 12. Robotics Club Australian School Library Association Inc. 12 Our students enjoy the enthusiasm of a member of staff who creates and ‘plays’ in the world of robots! Robotics Club involves the students in designing and creating machines which move. The students program, operate and control their robotics with software on their tablets.
  13. 13. Lego StoryStarter Australian School Library Association Inc. 13 These kits were purchased with a grant and they provide a storytelling framework within the context of the Lego blocks and characters. Students build their story, photograph it and enter the photographs into the software to create comics and graphic stories.
  14. 14. #lowtech #hightech Australian School Library Association Inc. 14  Not all learning opportunities in a makerspace environment need be high tech. In fact, some of the very best of learning experiences in a makerspace environment are created with cardboard construction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U  Super Awesome Sylvia is another inspiring young lady to look out for… http://sylviashow.com/tags/maker-faire http://sylviashow.com/episodes Pinterest board on Makerspace ideas http://pinterest.com/jackiechild/makerspaces/
  15. 15. Earth Angels Australian School Library Association Inc. 15 The Earth Angels are a group of students interested in making our school environment a better place through the development of sustainable practices such as maintaining our school vegetable patch, worm farms and composting systems, undertaking waste audits and managing a re-usable tuckshop bag system to reduce paper bag use. The Earth Angels use library resources (primarily our non-fiction collection) to plan our crop planting calendar, find recipes to use with our crops, work out sustainable crafts and learn more about our worm farms and composting systems.
  16. 16. Stitching and Crafting Australian School Library Association Inc. 16 Many of our students have enjoyed finding projects in our extensive collection of crafting, knitting and sewing books.
  17. 17. Further Examples Australian School Library Association Inc. 17  Start with what you have and what you know.  We started with ‘guided’ making then invited the girls to begin their own ‘making’.
  18. 18. Further Examples Australian School Library Association Inc. 18
  19. 19. Useful Makerspace Links Australian School Library Association Inc. 19  http://www.inventtolearn.com/
  20. 20. Useful Makerspace Links Australian School Library Association Inc. 20  http://makerspace.com/
  21. 21. Useful Makerspace Links Australian School Library Association Inc. 21  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/creating-makerspaces-in-schools-mary-beth-hertz
  22. 22. Useful Makerspace Links Australian School Library Association Inc. 22  http://www.instructables.com/
  23. 23. Useful Makerspace Links Australian School Library Association Inc. 23  http://time.com/104210/maker-faire-maker-movement/#104210/maker-faire-maker-movement/
  24. 24. Useful Makerspace Links Australian School Library Association Inc. 24  http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/general/talks/makerspaces
  25. 25. Hashtags to Follow Australian School Library Association Inc. 25 #makerspace #edumaker #youngmaker #makered
  26. 26. Additional information Australian School Library Association Inc. The PowerPoint presentation will be available at http://www.slideshare.net/ASLAonline Membership information is available at http://www.asla.org.au/membership.aspx Follow ASLA on Twitter https://twitter.com/aslanational Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ASLAOnline 26

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