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Challenge-Based Learning in Makerspaces: How to use Design to develop Creativity

Workshop presented with Colleen Graves
January 26, 2017

Session Description: Design challenges have the power to encourage creativity in your students – by providing limitations and guidelines, students can actually become more creative. Learn strategies for creating design prompts, running challenges, and incorporating the design process into projects with your students. We’ll discuss how to create open-ended challenges and material-specific challenges in a way that will maximize your students’ creativity, as well as how to create passive design challenges that require minimal supervision. Examples will be given for elementary, middle, and high school, as creativity isn’t limited to an age range. Whether you’ve had a makerspace up and running for years or are just getting started with the Maker Movement, you will leave this session feeling equipped to lead your students through design challenges that will spark their creative genius.

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Making Your Library Epic: Creating Innovative Spaces for Student Learning

Concurrent Session
January 26, 2017

Session Description: Our school libraries are no longer the quiet dusty rooms where students sit at heavy wooden tables and read silently. We are no longer to the book repositories where kids come to get a book and leave. Our role in our schools has changed, as librarians have grown into teacher leaders, instructional technologists and advocates for change. We’re leading the way in technology use and modern pedagogy in our schools - now we need to update our spaces to match. In this session, attendees will get ideas and inspiration for transforming the physical space of their libraries to make them innovative, student-friendly learning environments. We'll talk about how to apply educational design theory to renovate your library no matter what your budget is. Participants will be able to explain and defend why changes to the physical space are needed and learn strategies for changing up your space that you can apply as soon as you get back. We’ll also talk about ways to secure funding for both smaller changes and larger renovation projects. No matter what state your library is in right now, you will come away from this session with fresh ideas on how to update your space and bring it into the 21st century.