May 30, 2016

An Open Letter to BOEs Everywhere

School libraries are popping up that are fully, even lavishly, equipped, save for one thing: a certified school librarian. Here, one New Jersey librarian explains why that can never work. Ever.

SLJ Reviews the littleBits STEAM Student Set

Want to see your students get excited about science, technology, and art? Tell them you have the design to build a throwing arm. Our review of the littleBits STEAM kit.

Mobile Maker Spaces

Librarians in a Knoxville, TN school district got a grant to build four maker space carts that rotate among schools. Find out what they bought and why.

Steampunk, SLIME, and Game Design: Lead the Change Fast-Learning Sessions

Three rapid-fire presentations on steampunk making, organizing a regional maker expo, and digital game design wrapped up our Lead the Change Maker Workshop.

New Dremel 3-D Printer Announced

Intended to expand classroom opportunities for 3-D printing, the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 features new software plus WiFi- and USB-enabled capabilities.

Making, With a Rube Goldberg Twist

Building contraptions inspired by the inventor and cartoonist teaches students about physics, problem-solving, and cause and effect.

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs

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No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.

A Librarian’s Guide to OER in the Maker Space

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Open educational resources (OER) are a boon to maker activities, according to library media specialist Laura Fleming, who provides related tips and links to fun, cost-effective projects.

Video: Schools, Libraries Uniquely Positioned to Direct Maker Movement, Says Congressman

U.S. Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA41) addressed the growing importance of maker activities—from STEM education to small-batch manufacturing—in a September 16 keynote.

School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey

IPads, maker spaces, 3-D printers, and coding skills top the tech wish lists for 1,259 school librarians across the country, according to School Library Journal’s 2015 Technology Survey.