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Recently I have been reflecting on my Innovative Learning Center and my journey taking this space and turning it into the makerspace have it is today. 


What's funny is that I did this to make life easier on me. When I first took my current job as the Innovative Learning Specialist the library was in the elective rotation and I needed something for the kids to do for the hour they were in there everyday, besides just checking out books and working on unfinished classwork. I had previously taught 3rd grade and loved the Daily Five and how my kids were self reliant during that time, so I took the idea of stations and students rotating through them from that... but once I started researching I discovered the maker movement and became immersed in this amazing movement the more I created. 


The success and impact making has had on my school and students led me to create a Disruptive Innovation Plan to spread this movement to all the other schools in my district. 


How did I approach presenting this movement to my fellow Innovative Learning Specialists at the other schools and our Director of Technology?


With a "Call to Action" video to first bait them of course.

 I also shared with them:

-A proposal letter for all principals

-A Literature Review regarding the Maker Movement 

-The Implementation Outline


I am looking forward to seeing this plan unfold and where the maker movement leads our students and our staff. 



Additional Resources


Here are a few additional resources that aren't mentioned in my literature review. These websites have amazing tools and information about the maker movement. 


Makerspace for Education. (2016).

Retrieved from

This site is dedicated to the maker movement, providing diagrams of how to create your space, along with resources and information backed up with research. 


Libraries & Maker Culture: A Resource Guide. (2006).

Retrieved from

A resource for library makerspaces, including resources and links to several successful library makerspaces. 



Favorite Quotes


While researching for my literature review regarding Makerspaces, I found I needed a space to collect my quotes and research. Here are a few of my quotes by educators and experts who have first hand experience and knowledge regarding this movement. These authors are who inspired me, and I hope they inspire you. 


"By letting students ask questions, dig for answers, and work through solutions, 'making' deepens learning and understanding." 

Kurti, Steven; Kurti, Debby; Fleminy, Laura. (2014, June). The philosophy of educational makerspaces: Part 1 of Making an Educational Makerspace. Teacher Librarian, Vol. 41 Issue 5, p8-11. 



"Makerspaces are increasing student exposure to STEM subjects and technical disciplines. Learners are applying maker skills to address some of the world's pressing challenges with innovative solutions."

Meyer, L. (2017). Planning and Implementing a Makerspace in Your School. T.H.E. Journal, 44(3), 26-28.



"The maker movement allows opportunities for informal learning to take place, which can inspire innovation and increase student performance in more formal educational settings." 

Heraper, S. (2017). The Philosophy of Makerspaces. CSLA Journal.



"Playfulness is an extremely important tool in the engagement of learning. Students who play will learn without even knowing it has happened".

Heraper, S. (2017). The Philosophy of Makerspaces. CSLA Journal.



"Maker education fosters curiosity, exploration, and constant learning, which in turn leads to better thinking through questioning. This environment foster enthusiasm for learning, student confidence and natural collaboration."

Heraper, S. (2017). The Philosophy of Makerspaces. CSLA Journal.



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