BIT16 takeaways….Minds on Media

The Makerspace team was fortunate enough to be able to attend BIT16 this year. There were lots of maker movement presentations, stations and conversations. We were immersed in learning! Wednesday’s layout is always my favourite: Minds…

The space

We are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated workspace for our makerspace. It’s our old computer lab, which was dismantled 2 years ago. It’s perfect for our needs; spacious, loads of counter top areas, room…

Using what you have.

Our TLLP budget allows us to make purchases for supplies, but there’s so much that we can Make with that costs us little or nothing. Ask. I put out a message to our school staff,…

What to do when things don’t go as planned….

Boy have we been pumped about getting this TLLP off the ground! We started in the Spring, when I met with those that would be supporting us in our venture. Then we ordered book resources and…

Sourcing Books

A portion of our budget was drawn up to support our initial learning about maker spaces.  Obviously there are several books out there that meet our need to learn and challenge our preconceived notions.  As…

Automata Toys…a fun intro to Making?

I belong to several Ontario Teacher groups on Facebook, and have benefitted from some very generous sharing of knowledge, experiences and conversation. Recently, a contributor posted about her interest in automata toy building. I watched the…

Nervously thrilled…

Nervously thrilled…that pretty much sums it up. It is the first week of July. The reality is just beginning to sink in that the intensity of June has truly ended and, yes, as a teacher,…

Hamilton Maker Faire

The four of us dropped by the second annual Hamilton Maker Faire this morning. Maybe hoping for inspiration, definition, activity ideas for next year? Not having any previous experience, we had no expectations. What we found…

Teacher Learning

Our own learning begins with some reading resources. We did a bit of research to figure out which texts might be suitable and most useful. Irene and Brian, being classroom teachers, were more interested in…

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