Literature Supporting Makerspaces

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I’ve just presented another Webinar for the fab Eduwebinar team – this time on texts which support the makerspace movement. Some notes from this evening’s webinar are below for attendees, and anyone else who may be starting their makerspace journey, or wishing to add to their existing resources.

Eduwebinar helps teachers and educators attain their hours of professional leaning in a virtual, stress-free environment in the comfort of their home (or in my case, you stay at work and have someone else put the kids to bed! #winning). You can connect in during the evening to a live broadcast and participate in relevant and thought provoking professional learning. More at their website here.

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Literature Supporting Makerspaces

A makerspace is a place where people gather as communities to be innovative, create and collaborate, to share knowledge, tools and resources
(Britton, 2012)

What is the ‘Makerspace Movement’

The idea of making, tinkering, engineering and creating is not a new one – in fact it is as old as time itself.

Most individuals and communities have an innate desire to tinker and invent and better the way things in their environments function. Where two or more people meet and discuss and tinker to solve a problem or better a solution we see community at it’s very best – shared ideas, knowledge and skills working towards a common goal.

Community, tinkering, engineering and inventing form the conceptual framework for this term, ‘makerspace’.

Image from 'Brobot'

Image from ‘Brobot’

Further reading on the Makerspace Movement

Why the School Library?

Makerspaces are the perfect partnership for libraries – where information is stored, accessed, shared, explored and wondered over. Libraries are places where people gather; they are community and school hubs with staff who are experts in finding and sharing information and can guide patrons through the inquiry process.

Inquiry based learning underpins much of the Australian Curriculum and thus the role of the teacher librarian has never been more crucial in education in needing to equip students with new skills, knowledge and ways of learning to cope with the demands of today’s information overloaded society.

Teacher Texts Supporting the Makerspace Movement

‘Invent to Learn’

‘Creating Innovators’

‘The Art of Tinkering’

‘The Maker Movement Manifesto’


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Teacher Texts Supporting the Makerspace Movement

Literature Supporting The Mindset of the Makerspace Movement

‘Different Like Coco’

‘Rosie Revere Engineer’


‘Engibear’s Dream’ & ‘Engibear’s Bridge’

‘Something Wonderful’

‘Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine’

‘Beautiful Oops’

‘Marvelous Mattie’

‘Violet the Pilot’

‘Hello Ruby’


‘Molly Melon’

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Literature Supporting the Mindset of the Maker Movement

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Image from ‘Brobot’

Literature Supporting Technology in the MakerSpace

‘Life the Flap Computers and Coding’

‘Coding for Beginners Using Scratch’

‘Super Scratch’

‘Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Project Book’

‘Kids Get Coding: Our Digital World’

‘Kids Get Coding: Learn to Program’

‘Kids Get Coding: Algorithms and Bugs’

‘Hello Ruby’

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  1. Joanne Curry on Jul 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    I highly recommend scratch. My fours are amazing, they have learnt how to create their own animations, maths problems and games. Very user friendly and totally engaging.

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