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SXSWedu 2016

Spaces to Support Connected Makers and Learners

School libraries as innovative, maker learning hubs provide opportunities to tinker, create, and explore. Makerspaces and learning commons stand as thriving counter-examples to the academic passivity that test-driven school cultures often suffer from. Flexible, inviting spaces support students’ authentic interests, deeper learning, support reading and publishing, and involve students as productive, creative members of the school community. This panel will discuss a range of design options, but the focus is supporting beginner and “Maker 2.0” activities. Attendees will come away with resources for space design changes, as well as ideas for new approaches to challenging students as learners.

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  1. Learning space designs provide opportunities for authentic student learning.
  2. Student voice and student ownership of learning provide opportunities for high engagement.
  3. Providing Makerspace activities that engage students.



Becky Calzada, District Information & Library Services Coord, Leander ISD

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