What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Guess what? Great maker spaces often have arts and crafts too! Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he's had with it (and how he's solving them.) Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space.

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In today's show, we'll discuss:

So much making and building is going on in Chad Lehman's library, that they are converting an adjacent computer lab into the maker space. All this activity has created some challenges, but Chad sees these as great challenges. The library is popular again!

  • The technologies Chad has in his maker space
  • The arts and materials he also has on hand
  • How Chad introduces students to the space
  • The biggest challenge Chad has with setting up the maker space
  • What Chad is doing next to solve his maker space problems
  • How a maker space changes learning in the school library.

I hope you enjoy this episode with Chad!

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Some things Chad has in his maker space:

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Full Bio

Chad Lehman @imcguy

I am happy to be a middle school library media specialist. The move to middle school comes after almost fifteen years in elementary education as a third grade teacher and as an elementary library media specialist. I also spent about three years working for Discovery Education as the Community Manager for the Discovery Educator Network, affectionately known as The DEN. When I'm not at working, I'm probably online, playing or watching sports, riding my Harley, or spending time with my family.

These students are programming Ollie robots.

Students are programming, creating and inventing in the maker space.

Students are programming, creating and inventing.

Keva plank challenges are a popular happening n Chad Lehman's library maker space.

Keva plank challenges are a popular happening nowadays.

The student is programming a video game in the maker space using Bloxels.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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