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Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin Connected Educators Series)

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"Fleming provides a concise overview of the Maker Movement as a revolution taking place in learning today. This book makes a case for the importance of creating a culture of innovation and offers practical tips and strategies for those interested in creating their own makerspaces."

(Greg Toppo, Education Reporter)

"Laura Fleming does an exquisite job of creating a guide for all schools to tap into students' innate desire to create, tinker, invent, and make to learn. Leveraging her experience as a practitioner she provides a compelling, yet simple recipe for any school or educator to transform any space into a makerspace on a shoestring budget. It is time to bring the fun back into learning!"

(Eric Sheninger)

About the Author

Laura Fleming has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 17 years. She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12. Laura is a strong advocate of using New Media and Vanguard Techniques for Interactive and Transmedia (multi-platform) Storytelling. She has played a prominent role in education as a writer and speaker and has served as an educational consultant on next-generation teaching methods and tools. Laura has also consulted on Transmedia properties, working with producers to help maximize the value of their creations and toolsets for teachers and students. She is also the author of Worlds of Learning:  Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin, 2015).

Laura’s goal is to create learning experiences that empower and equip students with necessary skills to effectively produce and consume content across multiple media platforms. She is also driven to enable educators and cohorts in applying these innovative methods and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise. She is an educational consultant, thought leader and speaker on education, librarianship, and technology.  

Recently, Laura created a digital badge-based professional development platform in which educators all over the world earn badges in acknowledgement of their informal professional learning. Her library Makerspace has garnered national attention and has served as an inspiration for schools across the country. She is also a recipient of the National School Boards ‘20 to Watch’ in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014.

Her goal is to create learning experiences that empower and equip students with necessary skills to effectively produce and consume content across multiple media platforms. She is also driven to enable educators and cohorts in applying these innovative methods and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise. Laura is an educational consultant, thought leader and speaker on education, librarianship, and technology. She is also the host of the BAM Radio Show "Movers and Makers."

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Product Details

  • Series: Corwin Connected Educators Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1483382826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483382821
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are ready to start a maker movement in you school library, community center, church, garage or etc. Please read this book. There is so much valuable information for all those involved in making you Maker Space successful.
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Laura's work at New Milford High School was a huge inspiration for me as I created my school's library Makerspace. Her book is a fantastic look at the process she went through in creating her space. She gives a thorough, well-researched look at the relevance of the Maker Movement in education, how it ties into education standards, and how it can enhance learning. She offers plenty of practical advice on the planning process of creating a Makerspace, how to build a Maker culture in your school, and offering your students opportunities to share their work. This is an excellent book and well worth purchasing for anyone interested in Makerspaces and education trends.
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That Laura Fleming isn't better known as an innovator in education is about to change! Fleming's recently released "Worlds of Making" is perhaps one of the best and most refreshingly readable books that can literally transform the way we teach our students. Fleming is clearly a practiced writer with an eye for presenting new ideas in short narratives to nourish critical thinking. What makes this book sing are the revolutionary ideas that are so easy to implement.

This far-sighted educator's greatest asset is she practices what she preaches and can give a first-hand account of the "Maker Movement's" classroom success. Anyone who cares about igniting the imagination of today's students needs to read this book!
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More than ever before, schools are being called on to create cultures of innovation, moving from the industrial era one-size-fits-all, teacher-centric approach which remained prevalent in America’s schools for over a century, to learning that is personalized, relevant, and full of rigorous and authentic opportunities for all students. Fleming’s Worlds of Making provides invaluable insight into ways in which schools can encourage students to tinker, explore, create, and design. Whether you’re looking to create your first Makerspace, or looking to take learning to a deeper level, this book is a must read and an excellent tool for your future ready toolkit!
- Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools
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A quick read on the philosophy of the Makerspace Movement in public school if you are considering creating your own Makerspace this is a must read.
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Laura is a pioneer in library Makerspaces. She was kind enough to invite me to participate at her Library last year. I ran a one day bicycle repair workshop for the kids. It was great fun. Here is link to a blog post she wrote. http://worlds-of-learning.com/2014/05/29/hangout-with-a-maker/
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As a fellow educator there are no shortages of educational books available in the market, so it takes a really fresh idea to make a book stand out from the others. I recently purchased a copy of "Worlds of Making" by Laura Fleming and it is EXACTLY the kind of book that creates a lot of buzz because of its unique approach to teaching. Infused in this book are ideas for teaching that can truly have an impact on students which will serve them well in the 21st-century. All too often as educators we shy away from new ideas or new approaches to teaching because they seem too difficult to put into our curricula, or we don't know how to get started, or we fear the dreaded budget problems! I urge you to buy a copy of this book and read it. You will immediately feel at ease - this book is a step-by-step guide to one of the most innovative teaching ideas to come along!
Fleming is clearly a highly talented educator and this is one book not to be missed! Kudos to you Ms. Fleming!
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Love this book. Bought two as Christmas gifts for friends that are teachers. Already gave one to my neighbor that graduated college with her degree in teaching.
I only wish I had a teacher like Laura Fleming when I was a student.
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