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Cheryl Sanico


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Share your learning goals.

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Learning Goals for Library2.0

My goals are to learn about MakerSpaces and the evolving roles of (1) the library and (2) the librarian. My school library is still being used as a "traditional" place where students come to borrow books and have "lessons", but my principal and I know that we need to move the vision outside that box. 

Share your takeaways from a keynote session.

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Takeaways from Keynote Sessions

From the opening kenote session, several phases resonated with me...
  • Patrons as creators
  • Libraries as collaborative spaces
  • Mindful making
  • New science standards: Scientific practice of critiquing what they create and use
One big aha for me today: It's not about just "making stuff" but, it is something more important: mindfulness.
Having students being mindful of why they are making.

How do we get them to be critical of their process? "Humble question prompts"
Skillful questioning from the teachers, or mentors, that get students to ask questions of themselves.

Loved:  HOMAGO!  Hanging out, messing around, geeking out!  Need to spend informal time with the kids while they are engaged in "informal learning" so conversations can take place.  Drop in the questions (those humble prompts) such as, "Could you make a mistake?"

From the closing keynote, I loved the slide that referred to your MakerSpaces to be "Anything your patrons and you want them to be."

Fabulous examples for digital makerspaces could be included on a website, such as tutorials or how to's. I would love to make some videos for my website / for my students!

Loved the green screen pizza boxes and want to try them with my CCTV kids.

The mobile making examples (Legos, yarn, 3D printing, etc) with QR code on top shelf or Maker Parties in a Box seem like a great way to store and make "making activities" available and accessible for classrooms to check out and share.

I especially loved the Lego wall she created from an old white board. I have an old easel which is not being used, but I think I will buy Lego flats and glue them to it to create my own portable Lego walls!  I also plan to use her idea of a Lite-bright wall (minus the electricity) and use pegs + pool noodles.  Wonderful low-tech modifications that are also ADA compliant.

Both keynotes were inspiring and encouraging. I feel better equipped to meet with my principal to come up with a starting plan.  

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Low Cost Tools - Beginning MakerSpacers does not have to make us poor!

This was encouraging because #1 I don't have a budget to "buy" things for kids to "make and do."  #2 The photos showed me that students still love to play with good old cardboard and playdoh!

The samples shared reminded me that it's more about the process of working out a plan and working together (if it can be do with a group). I loved the simple puppet show and the huge fort.  I loved the playdoh squishy circuits.  Yes, that will cost a little, but way less that Little Bits!  And, Legos!  I already have some - and, plan to ask for donations... From the closing Keynote session, I saw her wonderful Lego wall made on top of an unused white board. I plan to use that same idea and make my own version of a Lego wall using an old easel which is out of commission.

The examples and ideas that were shared reminded me that I just need to think outside the box and not let money be my limiter. Students love to play and cut and tape.  Cardboard and tape make a lot of fun for many.  Those cardboard signs were amazing!

On a side note, another session reminded me to tap the experts in my school:  who can help teach the students to crochet?  Or do flower arranging?  or...?  I need to do what we can, with what we have.  I don't need to go out and buy all sorts of stuff and build a program around stuff.