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Makerspaces in the Elementary Library

The library is a space that is ever changing. Gone are the days of being shushed while in the library; creating, making, researching and developing are the name of the game. A Makerspace in its simplest definition is a place where students explore, create, tinker, play and imagine. In an elementary school, the library is the hub the schools learning and there is no better place for a Makerspace. Not only are there books for reading, but there are toys for tinkering, programs for creating and technology for exploring. Makerspaces are places for collaboration, cooperation, creation; an environment that supports the 21st Century Learning skills that students need to be successful throughout their life. The WebReel collection below is for librarians, teachers and administrators that are wanting to explore what Makerspaces are all about. Most of the resources are for building and creating a Makerspace in the elementary library but they can be adapted to the regular classroom as well. Some things that you will find to explore are research supporting Makerspaces, how to start and build your own Makerspace, materials, tools and ideas for projects, as well as some apps and programs to use in your Makerspace. There are endless resources on the web to explore, this is a collection to get you started on your Makerspace journey.

What is a MakerSpace? - YouTube That video has been produced with Explee: Create animated videos easily! Explee is an online presentation software that allows you to crea...
Makerspaces in the School Library Discussion of Makerspaces in the library as well as ideas of why to do it, where to begin and how to do it.
LIBRARY AS MAKERSPACE A website resource for Makerspaces in the library. Many ideas with multiple types of activities.
Time to Tinker Public library Makerspace ideas that could be adapted to an elementary library
Creating a School Library Makerspace Ideas for creating a Makerspace in a school library
Defining Makerspaces: What the Research Says Renovated Learning Research to define what Makerspaces are...just in case you need to defend yours!
Makerspace Centers in 40 Minutes A Wrinkle in Tech An explanation of how to do Makerspaces within a class period in the library.
How to Build an Awesome Makerspace Resource Library A blog post on how to build resources for a Makerspace library
Resources for Youth Makerspaces This website contains two free PDF books on Makerspaces
Michigan Makers Updates about cool things happening with Michigan Makers Website full of ideas/tools for Makerspaces with pictures to go along with the posts
Maker & Stem Tools A small list of digital tools to use in a Makerspace
Makerspace Tools Create, Collaborate, Innovate A large list of Makerspace tools
Expect the Miraculous Barrow Media Center Barrow Media Center-This blog is a wealth of ideas for Makerspaces in an elementary school library.
Thing 26: Makerspaces Cool Tools for School Large resource list for Makerspaces
Elementary Library Makerspace Resources Create, Collaborate, Innovate An entire list of librarians to follow, where to get resources, Pinterest boards and more for creating Makerspaces.
Everyday makerspaces: Low-tech, highly engaging library programming f This is a slide show that has multiple ideas for low tech and medium tech Makerspace activities.
Projects and Learning Approaches - Maker Ed's Resource Library The Projects and Learning Approaches category of Maker Ed's Resource Library includes making project and activity ideas, as well as curriculum samples, facilitation practices and tips, and pedagogies aligned with making.
Grades K-5: Elementary Age Projects Its not play, its learning! Keep your class engaged with these hands-on inspirational projects and experiments.
Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding | Common Sense Education Unlock the logic of code and the basics of programming. Through coding, students build essential literacy skills, gain an understanding of logic and sequence, and learn the mechanics of iteration. These apps are great to teach coding and programming for beginners, and a lot of them are free!
Science Projects for Kids TinkerLab Ideas for science, engineering, and more
Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners | TinkerLab This Stop Motion Animation project is easy to set up in minutes, and a great way to encourage STEAM concepts with children.
Makey Makey | Buy Direct (Official Site) Makey Makey: Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone
MaKey MaKey Quickstart Guide - A tutorial with videos about how to use and install Makey Makey
Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
Anybody can learn Teaching how to code
Library Makerspace Centers - Spring Ridge Elementary Makerspace - LibGuides at Wilson SD Libraries Ideas for Library page set up for kids about Makerspace opportunities. There are tabs for the different spaces as well as tutorials and directions. Good ideas to think about for a school website.
27 Makerspace Materials & Supplies - Here are 27 of the top makerspace materials and supplies a school or library makerspace should consider buying for their maker education or STEM program.
594 best Makerspaces for Elementary Schools images on Pinterest | Preschool activities, Activites for preschoolers and Autism Blog posts, ideas, products, and teaching materials for starting and maintaining an elementary school makerspace and/or elementary library makerspace | See more ideas about Preschool activities, Activites for preschoolers and Autism.
91 best Elementary Library Media Makerspaces / STEAM images on Pinterest | Kids education, Activities and Experiment Explore Amanda Ehll's board "Elementary Library Media Makerspaces / STEAM" on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Kids education, Activities and Experiment.


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