Research Synopsis

Research Experience: Reading Review Post #3

It seems hard to narrow down topics and information with so many new and exciting things happening in the Learning Commons but the makerspace continues to peak my interest.

In Part B of the assignment I found that there where numerous articles and links on my topics of interest. The amount of supportive information that is available through library links, Google scholar and on the web can sometimes seem overwhelming. The toughest part about having all of the information at your fingertips is narrowing down and limiting the resources to only a few. The information available seems endless and that doesn’t even involved the limitless collaborating ideas with other schools and teacher-librarians globally.

There is opportunity for makerspace to change teaching and learning for the 21st century learner but students and teachers have to ‘buy into it’ and realize the potential that it has. Makerspace is a perfect environment for student driven learning and not teacher driven that you can use in the LC (if available) or in the classroom. “In this philosophy of learning, teachers act as a guide for inquiry-based approaches to the development of knowledge and thinking processes” (Kurti et al., 2014). Makerspace is extremely applicable for me because I have seen successful results in my Science classroom. Students get hands-on learning through building, constructing and experimenting with things. I believe that the excitement the students have with these inquiry projects are the key learning and takeaways that I have encountered through experimenting with makerspace. The more students are engaged with makerspace the more they want to continue exploring new ideas and skills. They feel challenged in the work that they are doing and are eager to find solutions.

All of the literature that I found on makerspace was positive and insightful. Anyone using makerspace in the LC, classroom, and in the community find makerspace positive and challenging with tremendous potential. I can see the potential of teachers and students sharing their makerspace ideas and creations through social media sites such as Twitter, Pinterest, etc. Pinterest shows great ideas and guides for makerspace.

http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-librarians-guide-to-makerspaces/

http://kidoinfo.com/ri/kidoinfo-diy-tin-can-magnetic-robots/

There is already a makerspace community www.makerspace.com

They would be able to share their ideas and projects online for other to see and collaborate with through our virtual learning commons. I would love to see my LC website be open for anyone to be able to see the inquiry based projects that are happening in the library. This would allow people anywhere to comment, collaborate and share on our school’s makerspace.

Inspiring Ted Talk on Hackerspace (makerspace) Movement with Mitch Altman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkiX7R1-kaY

Makerspace has been a passion since I started the TL courses and I still have a journey ahead of me in converting the traditional Science lab reports into inquiry based learning projects that makerspace can provide in the learning commons.

Resource:

Kurti, R. S., Kurti, D. L., & Fleming, L. (2014). The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces. Retrieved from www.teacherlibrarian.com/2014/06/18/educational-makerspace

One thought on “Research Synopsis

  1. You’ve ended this small research journey with a few good looking resources that should be helpful in exploring and implementing a makerspace as part of your program. My hope is that this topic will keep making appearances for you throughout the rest of this course and even for your vision at the end. Some reflection/discussion of your search processes, adaptations and evolving strategies would have been an improvement, as well as a entries in your works cited for the two websites you linked.

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