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 tpack.org”

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.


Blog image. Retrieved fromhttp://crenshawcomm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PRpeople.blog_.jpg

Okeefe, B (2011, Oct. 19th). 5 Steps to Better School/Community Collaboration (Web log post). Retrieved fromhttp://www.edutopia.org/blog/school-community-collaboration-brendan-okeefe

Rogers, Kelsey. (2010, Dec.8). Importance of a PLN in Education (Video file). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9eqkWbjbbE

Royal, Ken Retrieved from http://edtechreview.in/trends/insights/1527-what-does-collaboration-in-education-really-mean

Koehler, M (2012) TPACK. Retrieved from http://www.tpack.org

Trotman, K., (2014). Symbaloo. Retrieved fromhttps://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/13ePQJXDa5

Williams, J., (2015, Oct. 16th). Collaborative Learning Spaces: Classrooms That Connect to the World (Web log post). Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/collaborative-learning-spaces-connect-to-world-jennifer-williams-fran-siracusa

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 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


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 www.teacherlibrarian.com/2014/06/18/educational-makerspace

Reading Review #2: Literature Research and Data Collection

Since I first started my TL courses and became aware of makerspace it has become a key interest for me, so I began a few inquiry projects incorporating makerspace in my classroom. I would love to see makerspace become a part of our LC in the future but for now I will pursue it in my classroom. I think it gives incredible hands on experience for students of all ages to create, analyze, develop and construct there own creation. I find that this style of inquiry engages student learning throughout the entire project.
One article “Creating a Classroom Makerspace” by Rivas, discusses makerspace for all ages, including the abstract of it and what makerspace is. Rivas has great points but I found that the most intriguing part of the article was at the end when it talked about “Creating a classroom makerspace.” I appreciated this because I think that if a LC doesn’t have a makerspace then one can be incorporated into your classroom.
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Another resource supporting the importance of Makerspace by Colgrove that I enjoyed was “Editorial Board Thoughts: Libraries as Makerspace?” This article gives an overview of the landscape of makerspace and revitalizes the library as a center of learning. I was especially intrigued with the term “hackerspace” that focuses more on computers and technology.
One of my more recent curiosities that were discussed in my last course was the availability of a virtual learning commons. It is important to have a powerful website for students to have open access to databases, resources, links, access to information literacy anytime and anywhere.
Kirkland’s article (2011) was motivating and re-established my own belief of the importance of having open access to students and teachers at all times.  “The library should be somewhere and everywhere: real physical locations as well as ubiquitous access” (Pg. 4). The students should be able to go to the library website and have the help or information that they need for the assigned research project at home or in the library. Having OPAC, other databases or other library links available for them is vital for their learning and education. This link shows a good look at a powerful LC website:
I enjoyed Loertsher’s article (2008) and I hope that I can share and collaborate with my TL to help support the “flip” towards the digital collection of our library. As Loertsher’s article (2008) states; “The Learning Commons virtual is both a giant ongoing conversation and a warehouse of digital material from e-books to databases to student-generated content”. I like the idea connecting more with the latest learners and teachers to work for everyone’s advantage around the clock. I love the idea of working towards having a dynamic digital and physical LC and believe that it would have a huge impact on the LC becoming the heart of the school.
Some educational tools that I enjoy using:
Symbaloo, this has my bookmarks for the references to this blog.https://www.symbaloo.com/home/mix/13ePQK6SDB
Padlet would allow me to collaborate about Virtual Learning commons and Makerspace.http://padlet.com/ktrotman55/5ckl7vv6f65y
Kirkland, A. B. (2012). School Library Websites: The Bricks and Mortar of the Virtual Library Space.
Colgrove, Tod. (2013). Editorial Board Thoughts: Libraries as Makerspace? http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/article/viewFile/3793/pdf
Loertscher, D. (2008). Flip this library: School libraries need a revolution. School Library Journal, 54(11), 46-48.
Rivas, L. (2015). Creating a Classroom Makerspace  ehm.sagepub.com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/content/93/1/25.full