The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces (Corwin Teaching Essentials) 1st Edition
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"The ideas for makerspaces that are presented in this proposal are easy to follow and could be implemented in some cases, with little prep. This is a bonus!"-- Susan E. Schipper, Elementary Educator
"This book is an AMAZING hands-on tool for planning and implementing a culture of making in schools. Fleming provides direction, support, and inspiration for educators starting their journey into making!"-- Jacie Maslyk, Assistant Superintendent
"There are makerspaces and then there are GREAT makerspaces. Laura Fleming, a makerspace pioneer, has written another must-read for anyone wanting to create a great makerspace for their school community. Read this book - and learn from one of the best. Anyone involved in the development of makerspaces will treasure this text because it takes readers on an interactive journey through the process of planning and creating a GREAT makerspace. Look no further than this book."-- Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow
"′Making′ is a powerful way to engage students and observe their learning process with the product as evidence. Creating space for that to happen is ′making space′ for our 21st century learners."-- Jill Berkowicz, Author, Adjunct Professor, Consultant
"In the worlds of makerspaces, nobody speaks with a more credible voice than Laura Fleming. In her highly anticipated second book, Laura lays out a clear blueprint for those who wish to create a makerspace, and she provides countless inspiring examples that beautifully illustrate what a thriving makerspace looks like in action! A must-have!"-- Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
"Fleming’s book offers a clear, student centered, and step-by-step approach for all educators eager to implement "Making" in their classrooms or schools. It brings practical information and her experiences to ensure a successful outcome!"-- Lynne Schrum, PhD, Professor
"If we are going to prepare tomorrow’s problem solvers and innovators, we must empower them to design and create today. In this book, best-selling author Laura Fleming has done it again! This hands-on guide moves readers from brainstorming and planning, to selecting resources, and ultimately to the needed concrete steps to designing the makerspaces today’s modern learners need! This dynamic guide will undoubtedly serve as a centerpiece for your authentic learning toolkit." -- Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation
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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I deducted one star for two reasons. One, the author has an earlier book which might be helpful to read before reading this one. Secondly, while at odds with much of the thesis of the book, I think that other makerspaces, which lie outside the area to which this book is directed, such as carpentry, stonemasonry, metalworking and other such endeavors may benefit from more instructor oversight than that advocated by the author. With her focus, Ms. Fleming could justifiably argue that these efforts lie outside the scope of her book. But I agree with her argument that makerspaces should be implemented more often and forcefully in the education process. These more ancient skills, in my mind, need to be added to this list.
I am not a teacher and do not have a makerspace. I was looking for a book that would give me some guidance on what a makerspace should be and how to set it up. The book is of some help, but I will have to look elsewhere to achieve my goal. So, if you're like me, you probably need to look for another resource.