April 27-29 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

E205: Beyond Books: The Logic of the Makerspace and Library Connection

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Dr. Julie McLeod, Director of Technology, Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Liz Fleskes, Assistant Head of Lower School, Good Shepherd Episcopal School

Makerspaces are revolutionizing high school and public library spaces around the country. At their pre-K–8 school, our speakers challenged themselves to create an inviting, purposeful, and thought-provoking makerspace that would engage their youngest learners as well as their budding adolescents, offering a wide array of possibilities to explore, play and learn. They selected their library for the makerspace because it aligned with and extended the philosophy underlying the library as a place to explore and create knowledge; not “to get” but “to grow.” In this session, McLeod and Fleskes describes their rationale, their process, and the steps that they took to bring all school stakeholders on board to make this a reality. Attendees leave with a blueprint of their process that you can use to create a makerspace unique to your school community.

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