Promoting and Evaluating Your Makerspace

preddyYou’ve set up a great makerspace. Now what?

How about taking four minutes to hear Leslie Preddy talk about how to promote and evaluate your efforts?

“Marketing & Evaluation of Your Makerspace” is a sneak peek of Leslie Preddy’s new professional development workshop, “School Library Makerspaces,” in which she shares her expertise on the how and why of having a makerspace in your school library.

 

Subscribers can access the entire eight-part workshop here.

preddyLeslie Preddy has served as school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis since 1992 and as an adjunct professor for Indiana University, Indiana State University, and IUPUI. She has presented webinars and is a frequent speaker and consultant at education conferences and events. She has published many articles in professional journals, co-created online resources for educators, and is the author of SSR with Intervention: A School Library Action Research Project, Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century, and School Library Makerspaces. Preddy is a recipient of many awards including  AASL’s Collaborative School Library Media Award and Perry Township Schools Teacher of the Year.  She is Past-President of the American Association of School Librarians and the Association of Indiana School Library Educators. Preddy is a recent recipient of two grants for her school library makerspace from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

How Do You Assess Student Outcomes in Makerspaces in Your Library Program?

Maria Cahill asked this question recently and found that nearly a third of the school librarians who said they have initiated makerspaces choose not to assess student outcomes, and another 40% do so only informally through observation. In her One-Question Survey column below, Dr. Cahill discusses these results and encourages readers to include assessment in their makerspace programs.

We hope you use these surveys to help you reflect on your own practices. Subscribers can view our archive of past surveys here. And don’t forget to take our latest One-Question Survey, open until 10/19/2016, by clicking here.  

Ten years ago, a school librarian would have been hard pressed to find any professional articles, blog posts, email discussion threads, conference sessions, workshops, or professional development sessions focused on makerspaces. A resurging interest in self-directed and experiential learning, which goes hand-in-hand with the Next Generation Science Standards (2013), has brought makerspaces to the forefront of librarians’ attention. This latest educational trend is especially well-suited for school libraries.

Thus, we were surprised to learn that more than half of the 201 school librarians who responded to our One Question Survey, “How do you assess student outcomes in makerspaces in your library program?” had actually never worked in a school library program with a makerspace, and the comments that accompanied the “other” category indicated that an additional four percent of the responding librarians had either just launched or were still in the planning stages of designing a makerspace.

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Sneak Peek: The Power of Makerspaces with Leslie Preddy

 

This month at School Library Connection, we’re exploring the culture of making. A Gallup poll recently found that students say they have very few opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial energy. But nearly half of America’s students say they want to start their own business or invent something that changes the world. So what can we do as educators and school librarians to make a difference?

In this sneak peek from her School Library Makerspaces workshop, Leslie Preddy explores how making can help to foster an emotional connection between students and their learning and nurture the skills self-regulated learners need. Subscribers can access the entire eight-part workshop here, where you’ll also find practical guidance on choosing the right activities, safety, and the marketing and evaluation of your makerspace.

 

 

preddyLeslie Preddy has served as school librarian at Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis since 1992 and as an adjunct professor for Indiana University, Indiana State University, and IUPUI. She has presented webinars and is a frequent speaker and consultant at education conferences and events. She has published many articles in professional journals, co-created online resources for educators, and is the author of SSR with Intervention: A School Library Action Research Project, Social Readers: Promoting Reading in the 21st Century, and School Library Makerspaces. Preddy is a recipient of many awards including  AASL’s Collaborative School Library Media Award and Perry Township Schools Teacher of the Year.  She is Past-President of the American Association of School Librarians and the Association of Indiana School Library Educators. Preddy is a recent recipient of two grants for her school library makerspace from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

 

Sneak Peek: Elementary Makerspaces with Marge Cox

 

This month at School Library Connection, we’re exploring the culture of making—looking at how innovative practitioners use school library makerspaces not only to meet STEM learning goals, but also goals for ELA, Social Studies, and other curriculum areas.

In this sneak peek from her eight-part workshop on creating great makerspaces for the elementary grades, 2016 AASL School Library Program of the Year winner Marge Cox shares a few simple ideas for makerspace activities for math and social studies. Subscribers can access the entire workshop here, where you’ll find more great ideas for makerspace activities across the curriculum as well as helpful tips for assessment, marketing, and finding funding.

 

 

 

coxMarge Cox is the library media specialist at Collier County Schools in Naples, Florida. Her efforts were recently recognized when her school won the 2016 AASL National School Library Program of the Year Award. She is also the co-author of The Library Media Specialist in the Writing Process.