In my last blog post I said “There are so many digital technologies to support makerspaces, it is difficult to know where to begin” but I would like to begin this blog post by taking a bit of a step back.
Before I can begin to examine which makerspace technologies to incorporate into our school library I need to examine the types of technology we currently have available at our school and how they are being used. Beyond this I think it would be helpful to get an understanding of students’ level of comfort in using technology and how they are using technology beyond the school as well. Preparing and sending out a Technology Survey similar to the listed on Raki’s Rad Resources would be a good place to start. I feel like once I have more information of where they are at I can determine the best way to meet them there.
Not surprisingly in my research I found that I am not alone in wanting more tech in our school library. In Lauren Barack’s article “School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth” from the School Library Journal she outlines the tech tools that teacher-librarians are eager to include into their libraries as well as their “concerns about adequate infrastructure and connectivity, budgets, and administrative support”. This article along with the three part ED Tech Survey available on Edu-(Tech)niques: Educational Technology in Practice in The Field will give me a good starting point as to which technologies to start with.
More specifically related to makerspaces, I have discovered some excellent resources and cannot wait to dive into.
Maker/Coding Apps (46 tools): A collection of educational technology
Description: Provides a list of maker tools (web, desktop, and mobile apps) for educators. For each tool it provides a description, how it works, the pricing and user feedback.
Review: Exactly the information needed when weighing and measuring digital maker tools for education
´“Getting Started” includes a set of curated, introductory resources are for those new to making or interested in learning more about what making is and its potential impact in education. It also provides practical, concrete ways for integrating making into educational settings”.
Review: Website appears to be streamlined and simple to navigate. Resources are listed in subcategories and alphabetically as well as offering short descriptions/ keywords of the resource when you hover it.
Maker Spaces in the Library: Why you need one and what to do when you get one!
Description: Provides discussion and video links to library makerspaces.
Review: Love the angle that is provided. Discusses practical considerations and suggests tapping into local resources and culture as well as rebranding other activities into maker activities.
Renovated Learning: Building a Culture of Creativity and Discovery in Education
Description: Curated information and resources on “Starting A Makerspace, Growing a Makerspace, Rethinking My Learning Space, and Growing as a Professional Educator”
Review: Seems like a great place to start. Articles organized by topics and subheadings providing easy navigation
Works Cited: http://www.easybib.com/public/list/key/d201c1