DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 1
2017 Volume 36, Issue 1 18 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews Makerspaces inspire students to explore and create Our maker studio is used well and often by the school community. Several maker groups, including a learning and leading technology group, the Tech Ninjas, and GirlsMake, a girls and technology group, meet at exclusive times through the week. Provide materials to inspire students as well as examples of student made products. We have a growing resource of instructional materials for self discovery. Our maker studio has VR viewing and creation equipment, a 3D printer, Littlebits, Spheros, Ozobots, Raspberry Pis, Makey Makey’s, Arduino, and 3D printing pens. iPads with Minecraft, movie making, music making and animation tools are available to document making and offer apps for students interested in media creation. We encourage a range of craft and communal activities such as knitting, badge making and large format colouring-in. Students display their creations in gallery spaces. Pop-up studios occur from time to time. For example, a local florist donated unsold flowers. This inspired the Florography studio. With tripods, backdrops and the flowers, it was set up over a couple of weeks for students and staff to experiment with photography and photographic editing. Best works were printed on photographic paper and displayed. Maker spaces include card making and Christmas decoration, book sculpture workshops, paperform sculptures and a sketch book gallery to encourage our manga artists to share their illustrations. Paperform sculptures These activities all contribute to students and teachers thinking about the library not just as an academic space for learning but as a space for experimentation and creativity. Studio and pop- up spaces meet the needs of student creators and innovators. They provide access to information and technical resources that support discovery and the creation of new knowledge and artistry. Hold large scale events Make the library a focal point for school activity and celebrate the variety of interests across the school. Book Week and special days, such as World Read Aloud Day, are times when libraries can be in the spotlight. Other learning opportunities include: • Hour of code – promotes coding and programming • Ada Lovelace day – highlights the importance of women and technology • Rube Goldberg challenge • Star Wars Day (4 May) – celebrates puns, science fiction and film making. With dynamic learning spaces and a range of learning tools, the school library easily becomes the most sort after lear ning environment in the school.
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