February 8, 2016

Game Design Proves Popular at Orange County Center

Since its grand opening in February 2014, the Orange County Library System’s (OCLS) Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation, and Creativity has offered patrons access to high-tech tools ranging from 3-D printers to flight simulators. In the past year and a half, the center, located in the library’s central branch in Orlando, FL, has become a locus of creativity within the community, helping patrons connect and collaborate with others who share their interests. Ormilla Vengersammy, Melrose Center manager and Technology and Education Department Head for OCLS, described the center’s growing video game design program as one such example.

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development.

Chicago High School Hosts Citywide Maker Faire, Coproduced by the School’s Library Director   

Can you imagine having a Maker Faire at your school? That’s the case at Schurz High School in Chicago, where students are helping host the annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire, which draws 2,000 attendees.

MakerBridge Site and Blog Show Diversity in Maker Movement | The Maker Issue

Being a maker is about independence and empowerment, says MakerBridge Project founder Sharona Ginsberg. Focused on making in libraries and schools, the site features tech tips, tool reviews, and variety of resources and profiles.

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

3-D Printers: Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and More

An ALA information policy analyst outlines the legal issues relevant to 3-D printing in public and school libraries—and explains why librarians should lead the way in creating acceptable use policies for this technology.

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.

Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch| The Maker Issue

Ready to Learn Coding?  Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch| The Maker Issue

Resources for learning to code online and face to face, from Khan Academy to Black Girls Code; and suggested lesson plans using Scratch.

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

SLJ Reviews LittleBits: These bright, appealing sets encourage tinkerers to explore electronics

Imagine if building a flashlight was as easy as stacking blocks, or that you could build a robot with a shoebox, nine-volt battery, and a pile of components small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Enter LittleBits, a modular, à la carte electronics prototyping platform for users of all skill levels

Westport Maker Space Expands with Robots, SolidWorks Courses, and Volunteer Training

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The Westport Library’s ongoing efforts to support its Maker Space, including Maker in Residence programs and the recent acquisition of two programmable robots, have helped establish a virtuous cycle in which residents have begun working on their own projects and helping one another independently.

Build Better Robots with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 | SLJ Review

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“The EV3 is one of those toys that transcends consumerism and becomes a pathway into new kinds of hands-on production and learning for kids and adults alike,” writes Chad Sansing in our review of LEGO’s latest version of the popular Mindstorms robotics platform.