Final reflection and project

This class was one of the most valuable courses that I have taken in my teacher-librarian classes. I don’t know for sure what my future is in the learning commons but I will be able to use many of the ideas, strategies and tools that I have learned in my classroom.

The biggest challenge for me is always keeping up with the rapid change in technology. This course has allowed me to take advantage of any of the tools and technology that I had engaged in before on a surface level to a deeper understanding. It has allowed me to go outside my somewhat timid boundaries when it comes to technology to feel stronger in sharing them. When I first saw that I had to make it through 8 or more blog post I became very nervous and stressed. The first weekend of trying to figure out my way around wordpress just about put me under. Through time and patience I have come to a new appreciation and positive understanding of blogging.

I am excited to utilize what I consider to be useful and fun Web 2.0 applications within my lessons and possibly down the road in the learning commons. Those include “Twitter”, “Padlet”, “Symbaloo” to name a few and others that I hope to pursue in the future. I have seen how some of my colleagues in this class have utilized other Web 2.0 tools and I look forward to experimenting with them myself. I do believe that I will continue to learn a ton from my students as many of them are more competent that myself with some of these tools and computers.

LIBE 477 that Aaron put together was outstanding and I feel that my colleagues did an amazing job with their blog posts. There were so many great ideas and concepts that were shared and explored. I think we were all a little nervous when we got started but were eager to discover new and creative ideas that would help their classroom or learning commons. I wish everyone the best in their future teaching career.

In conclusion

My final vision project was a lot of trial and error. I felt I would take a step forward at moment and 2 steps back. There is so much information on the web that it sometimes gets overwhelming what to incorporate and what to disregard. There is no denying that the future of education is going to be involvedly linked with the digital world. The philosophy of education itself is going through a transformation as we change to ‘personalized learning’ and a reformat in the way that education is delivered. The libraries are changing to learning commons and Web 2.0 tools along with ICT skills are becoming a method teachers are using in the classroom. I want to keep up with what is going on so that I can continue to become a better educator.

Thanks again everyone for your blogs or the comments on my blog, the participation in Google Hang-Out sessions and the great course.

Here is my FINAL PROJECT. Enjoy!


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Sharing My Journey

I want to challenge myself with developing my website to the point of perfection…then I will take a breath and realize my journey to improve and develop the learning commons website will continue even after this class is over. Vision-Of-Future-Library-And-Information-Systems-1531182An important vision for  this website is to build connection, resource and to become a useful informational tool that can be useful for my people now and in the future.


I have 5 categories that I want to share on my website but I must admit that collaboration corner and technology are the 2 categories I get excited about working on the most. Having a collaboration corner that colleagues at my school or teachers around the world can connect with will be extremely useful. I have learned a great deal from my colleagues blogs in this course and that I incorporate similar sharing and unlimited connections everywhere. I look forward to the website having the ability for teachers in my school to connect with teachers around the globe to share projects, thoughts, strategies, tool etc. I think this would be amazing! I am trying to incorporate an educational blog 21cllogoand padlet into this website category. Check out a collaborative padlet from one of my previous classes. I want to get teachers engaged in the collaboration corner so that they can share ideas, gain strategies,resources and educational tool for their classroom. This could be a powerful opportunity!

The technology category has endless possibilities so I need to narrow the sub-categories down. I look forward to sharing some of my ideas on the website that would be helpful for classroom teachers or  teacher librarians. I could also use this as a place to share a Web 2.0 tool, the latest TedTalk video

I hope to do my own screen cast tutorial and show off  production using the 3D printer in the makerspace area of the learning commons.

This journey of building a website has not had its struggles.Human-Error-and-Computers From picking a theme and making sure every box is checked properly so that categories look the way you want them to look or menus and widgets lined up and connected accordingly. I find that I will put a check in one box that I think is the right box, preview the post and what I thought should be there has vanished. I have walked away a few times L and come back with a better demeanor J. This has happened a few times (or a few too many times) but I continue to build and construct. Thank goodness that I can continue to use YouTube to help me through my struggles anytime. I do feel that you are only able to do so much with the free version of wordpress and I am not willing to pay for more at this time. Who knows…perhaps the premium version would be even more complicated. My goal is to keep the website manageable and accessible for teachers in a simple but meaningful direction.

I look forward to the end product and sharing it with you.


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My Final Vision Journey!

Throughout this course my eyes have been opened to the endless possibilities of connecting to the world. I had this boxed in mentality that the effort I was doing in my classroom was only for my students and colleagues. NOW…we can connect and share globally!!!
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Who is this Vision for? 

My vision for this project is to develop a Learning Commons website for my school, but as I continue to build the site, I want to have limitless connection to the world. I need to get this website up and running so that students, teachers, parents and staff can navigate around and find information they need regarding books, research, activities, collaboration and technology. I want to have the ability to post pictures and ideas of what is happening in the LC Makerspace and display what students are creating on our 3-D printer. My school community would be my first target audience.

What is my rationale?? The website rationale is that it is a source of information to my school community; this would include students, parents, teachers and staff. I want the website to be an accurate and complete picture of what the Learning Commons can offer. When people connect to my website I want the  home page to be vibrant and exciting! Other pages need to be informative and fill the needs of the school community. To support this rational I have set up a few goals for the Learning Commons website because it is important to meet the NEEDS our school community.

Some goals are:

  1. Provide support and enhance student learning, reading, writing and use of technology.
  2. To foster and encourage a love of books and reading.
  3. The website should be a site where teachers and teacher-librarians can collaborate with each other for inquiry projects, Web 2.0 tools and a resource in developing and assessing new learning tools, strategies and pedagogical approaches.
  4. I want the website to serve as a resource that students and teachers use as a tool for learning!!!
  5. My end goal is to build a LC virtual website that is a communication and information link to anyone at anytime. I want to be able to collaborate and connect 24/7! 


I have a clear idea and good direction of what I want to do but I am still working out the final details of the website. I have some great ideas for pages but I have been slow at building it…picking a theme can be overwhelming alone!! This link shows that the title and site and that’s my beginning! There is a vision in my head and some thoughts down on paper but still have tons of creative work to do.

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Final Vision Project Scope

Final phase of LIBE 477 – What to do? What to do? What to do?

Throughout this course I have encountered numerous ideas, new technology and amazing concepts.  With all of this acquired knowledge, the question is: What is my Vision of the Future? In the reflection blog last week, we had to state what resonated throughout Phase 2 and what I will  be able to use in the future. Collaboration and Connection are the key takeaways helped me decide what I am going to do. I am going to use the skills that I have acquired in this and other TL courses to build a website.


So…in this blog I am going to “think-out-loud” in order to consider what the “scope” will be of my final vision project. I am not a TL at this time (there could be opportunity for me down the road) so I am going to build a website that I can share with my TL and staff for now. In the future, I want my website to have the ability to connect to anyone, anywhere at anytime. The website will have the necessary information for the LC, but I also want to integrate technology, and showcase my library Makerspace.Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 4.20.41 PM

Although I am in the brainstorming phase of the website, I feel somewhat overwhelmed with what I want to develop within the website. I can see exploring information by using different pages within the website with dropdown menu’s.

Ideas for pages: 

Home – The home page needs to be attractive so that it intrigues the audience to explore and navigate their way through other pages of the website. The home page would offer information on what is happening in the LC during the week. I hope to have a twitter option link to the home page

Books – Destiny quest catalogue, popular books, Canada Book awards links, audio and ebooks and book blogs, for staff and students share and comment on.

Research and Resources – databases such as EBSCO host.Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 6.09.45 PM

Collaboration corner – not sure how this page would work but I would love to have a page to discuss and share ideas at anytime. This page would allow collaboration between TL and teachers, maybe through a Google folder or padlet. In the future I can see this becoming the page for my PLN globally.

Technology or Pro-D page – share Web 2.0 tools: start with symbaloo, padlet or other helpful videos. This could also have potential to be a place on the website for trouble shooting, technical issues or ICT skills for the TL. There are so many options here.9824718_orig

Makerspace – Makerspace has been a passion of mine since the beginning of the TL courses. There is incredible potential for inquiry based projects, critical thinking and 21st century student learning. I want to be able to showcase the LC makerspace on my website pages.


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Time for Reflection

I am now a Blogger!blog This is a key takeaway from Phase 2. I have confidence in blogging for my own personal/professional use as well as gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and resources from my colleagues blog’s. I can see how using a blog in the learning commons is an amazing tool for connections everywhere.  Thanks everyone for sharing!

When it came to Fostering Reading Cultures in Schools there were many ideas shared in the class blog that I could see using in the future. Throughout the posts in this module, collaboration was a common term. This site gives great steps to better school/community collaboration. To be able to share ideas like good books, popular books, ways to get students engaged in reading and ways to make reading fun. Encourage reading for pleasure as it builds enjoyment and skills for lifelong reading and learning. This was a common theme throughout this module.

My personal learning was tested through developing my own ICT skills in building my blog, to starting a website for my classroom. I realize how powerful a website can be if it is resourceful, virtual and available for everyone anytime, anywhere. It is important to develop a PLN to collaborate, communicate with librarians, teachers, locally and globally to develop your classroom or your library. I can see myself utilizes my PLN through a blog or website in the future. This is a new avenue I wish to explore more in the future.

Collaboration comes to mind again when embracing ICT strategies for the classroom or Learning Commons. “Collaboration in its simplest, and most understandable form, is getting individuals, who may or may not have similar interests, to work together in an organized endeavor to a satisfying and most appropriate group end”. (Royal, 2014). A colleague in our discussion group shared a solution to the lack of collaboration time that she faced in her school and that was to share a Google Drive folder where teachers and TL’s could collaborate in any time. She also shared an edutopia site on collaboration that I will bookmark on my home symbaloo account for others to use.

In the near future I want be able to organize professional development options to my staff to share resources and educational tools such as; symbaloo, padlet, powtoons, blogging and twitter that I have acquired in my TL courses. It is funny how quickly people think you have become the expert in this tools. This could be shared in my classroom, a staff meeting or a Pro-D situation. I am hoping that our current TL will be open to me sharing many of the ideas that I have collected from my collegues and apply them into our learning commons.

Module 8:Developing World Libraries was a big eye-opener and heart felt for me. There are so many organizations that help develop libraries, classrooms and technology and it is amazing how we are working together to improve our connections to the world. I read and researched for hours during that week, becoming completely engaged with organizations that have a passion for bringing wifi, technology and devices to developing countries.

Collaboration and Connection continues to resonate throughout my learning! They work together I will continue to develop and use these areas in my professional career.


tpack_300pxThe TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) framework lays out the knowledge that educators need in order to successfully integrate technology into their teaching. The TPACK website provides a large collection of free resources for teachers and other instructional leaders.The diagram identifies the knowledge teachers need to teach effectively with technology.

Image from TPACK Website “Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by”

To be a 21st century teacher you need to stay up with technology and have the ability to connect, collaborate with others colleagues and students. We all know that technology is changing at a rapid pace everyday so we need to embrace it, share it and move forward with it together.


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Technology development is happening everywhere!

I can remember a time at our high school when cell phones were taken away when students were on them during class. Our staff would have long discussion on how we should discipline students for being on their cell phone. Now, we supply Wi-Fi so that students can be on their devices anytime at school. I feel our school has turned a negative outlook on mobile devices to a positive direction of the 21st century classroom that would empower technology. Image of a 21st Century classroom using technology, we are so fortunate in Canada to have mobile devices at our fingertips.

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After exploring and researching this week topic I came to realize that there are numerous organizations helping develop libraries, classrooms, literacy and technology using mobile devices in developing nations. I tried to narrow down a few!

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) has a vision for all people in the world to have the knowledge they need to achieve their full potential. Even though EIFL is engaged in many developing countries, I have always had a soft spot for Africa so I examined what EIFL is doing there. EIFL has been working in Uganda with a goal to create a number of open access sources and innovative project that help libraries meet the information needs of the community. This YouTube video has EIFL connecting a farming community in Uganda through integrading computers in the library. EIFL trains the librarians to give critical information and ICT points for people in the community. You can see the librarians helping students and the local community with farming and beekeeping. You could follow EIFL on twitter @EIFLnet or #eifl to see more what is happening!

That EIFL YouYube video led me to the WISE initiative: World Innovation Summit for Education: building the future of education. I thought it was AMAZING…2 teachers, 15 laptops, 3 solar panels and a four-wheel drive that moves throughout Uganda to bring free computer training to students at the library all over the country. It is an innovative way to break down barriers to ICT in rural school communities.

7 years ago very few people in Uganda had Internet, through the Mobile Solar Computer Classroom many rural areas are now able to connect to the world. Exploring more about solar computer classrooms absorbed me in the Maendeleo Foundation  which supports the solar project with its goal to empower all libraries in Africa with computers and mobile devices. It is nurturing progress in East AfricafunSun

through technology, training and job creation…and the power of the sun!!

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is a specialized agency of the United Nations system is working on a “mobile revolution” bringing e-books to developing countries.

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Flood states in the report: “Reasons given by respondents for reading on mobiles were convenience, affordability and lack of access to books. In Zimbabwe, for example, Unesco said the cost of reading a book on a mobile was between 5 and 6 cents, while a paperback bestseller would cost around $12 (£7); in Nigeria, a mobile book would cost around 1 or 2 cents, based on a mobile broadband rate of $13 per 500 MB of data, while a child’s book would cost between $1 and $5”. Using e-books or mobile devices would create new literacy opportunities and definitely give access to the Internet and information databases. This is where TL in Canada that have accessible website could share their information globally. I hope that the days of packing up old and ragged books that our libraries no longer want and sending them off to developing countries are over. We need to make sure that we are sending over the right material and supporting new literacy opportunities. UNESCO thought on digital books and mobile reading

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“Fortunately, the internet is helping to level the playing field. It has accelerated the spread of information and, in many instances, democratized access to it. Digital networks, computer processors and liquid crystal display (LCD) screens remove production constraints that have kept reading material prohibitively expensive for centuries. Increasingly, paper and ink are being replaced by bits and bytes, and physical distribution channels are being streamlined by cables that can carry electronic information to the farthest corners of the planet almost instantaneously” (Mark, pg. 15). Developing countries are getting connected and the spread of information is expanding.

CODE was mentioned by Aaron during our Google Hangout so I thought I would look at the impressive website. CODE is “Rewriting the Story for Global Literacy” and it is Canada’s leading international development agency. Lots of great information on the website but I was unable to access the YouTube unless I subscribed.


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Ideas, solutions and suggestions with colleagues!

The Role of ICT in Education and The Learning Commons

My Thoughts!

Collaboration has become the key component in sharing ideas, resources, information and ICT strategies for the classroom and the Learning Commons. I like how Royal states it: “Collaboration in its simplest, and most understandable form, is getting individuals, who may or may not have similar interests, to work together in an organized endeavor to a satisfying and most appropriate group end”. We can do that! Our Teacher-librarian  has opportunities to collaborate about curriculum’s  quite often with colleagues in a variety of settings. We are fortunate to get an hour every 2nd week to collaborate and share topics that are applicable to our curriculum, pedagogy or topics of the week. This time is used to engage in new skills, information, technology ideas and resources that we have to collaborate.


Innovation club: This is a group of teachers that get together once a month to share ideas, new strategies, useful tools that have worked in the classroom. This would be a great place for a TL to be actively involved in sharing ICT information and knowledge to a smaller group of teachers. We had a meeting today and great ideas were discussed within the groups. Great questions were asked and answered!

One tool that I like to share as often as possible is with colleagues is Kahoot. Kahoot is a game base collection that has numerous questions on a variety of topics. Students would need to use a device (iPhone or iPad), link up to the game and answer the questions as they appear on the project. You could work in groups to collaborate answers or students could work by themselves. Another educational tool is Symbaloo where you can bookmark your favourite articles, books, websites, anything you want and have the ability to share with others anytime, anywhere. This is a great tool for a TL or teachers to use for student inquiry projects. Symbaloo would be informative to use on a website as a powerful collaboration tool with staff. Here are some ways that you can use symbaloo in your classroom. I like #5: Using Symbaloo in Your library!  The example of Miller”s symbaloo includes “reading sites, Web 2.0 tools, digital citizenship sites like Professor Garfield and NetSmartz, and lots of fun websites for her students. She shares her Symbaloo with her school community through emails, teacher newsletter”. All of those bookmarks are just one click away. It is a great tool for collaborating and sharing. Check out my symbaloo for The Cell Theory below that I was able to share with my Science colleagues.

Cell Theory

Additional areas to implement professional development to staff:

  1. Use staff meeting to intrigue the staff with an interesting resource, journal, article, educational tool, technology or ICT skill. Hold a workshop or inservice for technology in the LC and show off the LC area.
  2. Have the library open during parent-teacher interviews for parents and staff to come in, feel welcome and see what’s happening in the library. Having students available to show off their latest inquiry project or talk about a good book they have just read would be a useful tool.
  3. Use twitter to share and gather ideas #ICT2015Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 7.24.56 PM
  4. I like the book club idea! Have students and teachers join a book club with you to discuss and collaborate on the book of the month. Use symbaloo to bookmark everyones favourite authors or favourite books.
  5. TL need to go to Pro-D days that are focussed around the LC as well as technology. Be an expert in these areas so that you can come back and share with your staff and share the passion you have with them.
  6. Any luncheon,
    'This will be a working lunch. We'll need a wi-fi accessible table.'
    ‘This will be a working lunch. We’ll need a wi-fi accessible table.’

    chat in the hall, nutrition break, an after school walk or beer time, doing anything with another collegue is always time to reflect,share, collaborate about new ideas and life long learning!




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Learning through Exploration

An interesting week for exploration and personal learning.

Creating a Website: I have wanted to create a website for my students and parents to have access to information happening in my classroom. I have used Schoolnotes in the past but it was time to get to the present. Our fellow colleagues are our biggest assets so I collaborated with mine for some ideas and concepts on starting a website. It was a decision between Weebly and wordpress.WordPress


Through sharing, watching You tube videos and researching I was able to get started on my website using the help of Weebly’s  beginners guide to help get me started.

Ms. Trotman’s website is in the beginning stage of construction but I felt it was far enough along that I was able to give my link out to parents that attended the ‘Meet the Teacher Night’ last week.Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 5.44.07 PMMy principal happened to come by when I was talking to a group of parents about my website, at the end of the evening she pulled me aside and ask if I would be interested in collaborating and helping the Athletic Director develop a website for the athletic program. Eager to please I said yes, even though I am a little overwhelm with a my new Weebly website and a WordPress Blog for my TL class. We received help from an 1.5 hour pro-d clinic “Intoductions to Web Creation with Deltalearns”.  By the end we had a direction and we were able to start developing our athletic website using Wordpress. I have explored, developed new many new skills and tools my brain was tired by the end of all the new found knowledge when navigating my way between weebly and wordpress.bizcom55

Teacher Librarian Virtual Website: A new pedagogy in my classroom and as a TL would be to create a Website that is powerful, virtual and that would be available for all students, teachers, parents, anyone, anywhere! I  want the ability to connect with others for literacy issue, critical thinking strategies and information. A strategy would be to engage in Personal Learning Network with other TL to collaborate on the latest books, ideas, resources globally. Whitby has a great explanation of what a PLN is; “A PLN is a tool that uses social media and technology to collect, communicate, collaborate and create with connected colleagues anywhere at any time. Participating educators, worldwide, make requests and share resources”. I think this would be key in becoming a great TL. A great tool that Whitby mentions is twitter to use this account to focus on #educators. The more links that I can establish the better my understanding will be towards becoming a influential TL.


I have had success with Padlet in my classroom and I would continue using it to connect between TL and Teachers. This is a You tube video that I started with to use 

Here is a link to my first padlet

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Books: It goes without saying if I had time, I would read more books towards my own personal development in literacy and have the ability to collaborate with others. A websitewould give me the opportunity to share one of my latest favourite book “The Martian” with others. In my exploration this week I felt like I was on Mars at times:)Screen Shot 2015-10-14 at 6.30.35 PM



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Inquiry #1: Fostering Reading

Promoting Reading

Throughout my High School teaching career, whatever subject I have taught, I have tried to incorporate and foster reading cultures in my classroom. I have been able to collaborate with other teachers and TLs to learn and share things that have worked to foster reading.

Collaboration among teachers:Teachers have collaborated with the TL to develop common goals for fostering reading. We have developed a good collaborating team that is open to sharing ideas about books we have read, books for the students, ways to make reading fun and engaging etc. We felt that it is extremely important to model a passion for reading ourselves, and to respect all literature and students choices of types of books and genres. Being a role model could involve reading a book during the 20 minute silent reading time or during literature circles and being able to discuss books to the students and encourage others to talk about their favorite books. The TL has displays or bulletin boards in the LC for new and recommended books and authors for students. Displays can also be used in classrooms in order to share one’s love of literature with the students. Check out this display lesson for promoting reading.

Ideas and strategies!It is plain and simple; students need to be able to read for pleasure! Allow them to find a good book that they enjoy and they will become engaged in reading. Reading for pleasure builds enjoyment and skills for lifelong reading and learning. Our English classes read for pleasure every other day (because they only have that classes those days) for 15-20 minutes. They are able to pick any book that they enjoy and read it during this time in whatever comfortable position they choose.readers

The creation of a positive reading culture in the English department may carry over to other departments or any teacher interested in fostering reading. In Science I have brought in interesting Science books or the students have picked their own that they can read and share with others at either the beginning or end of class. Allowing students to read at their level, and “[g]iving them materials that are within their respective zones of proximal development positively affects their perceptions of themselves, helping them to have a “can do” attitude when it comes to reading” (France 2015).

Literature Circles

Ideas for the literature circles are to choose 5 books that students could pick from to read. This becomes more of a book club idea where you read and then discuss. Class time is given to for the students to read and then discuss certain pages, chapters, characters, setting, etc. This would move the circle from reading to a more social outlook and discussion. This is important because is makes connections for students and allows them to ask questions and inquire knowledge from one another.


Audio books have been used in the classroom around novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird or some of the Shakespeare readings. Students would read a portion of the book, listen to the audio, or listen to the teacher read it aloud to the class. Reading to the students is important and I think they enjoy this strategy. “It was the best time of the day, I love to read in different voices and ‘ham it up’, depending on what book we were reading” (Dabbs 2015).

E-readers are also available (although we don’t have many at our school). Some students like it because of the lighting, screen, font size and some reluctant readers will use it because it is new technology and it gives them confidence when reading. It doesn’t matter the reason as long as they are reading.

One step further..

Encourage the school community to participate in Drop Everything and Read (Oct. 26, 2015).

The TL has had competitions among Gr. 8 classes for the most books read and supplied a pizza party for that class.IMG_1349-4

There is an individual reading challenge for the remaining grades of the school. Some teachers may have a guest come in to read to the class. There are teachers who go all out and have the students dress up as their favourite character in the book and discuss and share their experience or understanding of the book.

Having a powerful website and getting as much information online so that students have access anytime and anywhere is also important to promoting reading. This website popular links for accessing good books like Goodreads and Books on the Move. 


Books on the Move. (2015).

Dabbs, L. (2015). Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading. Retrieved from

Drop Everything and Read. (2015). Retrieved from

France, P. (2015). 5 Anchors for Using Technology To Teach Reading. Retrieved from

Goodreads. (2015).

Khadri, S. (2015). Retrieved from

Readwritethink. (2015). Retrieved from

Ultimate Rob. (2015). Retrieved from



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.

There is already a makerspace community

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

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.


Kurti, R. S., Kurti, D. L., & Fleming, L. (2014). The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces. Retrieved from