One day after school in my library as I was cleaning up and getting ready to leave, I discovered that the pen that had been left at the circulation counter for students to sign in with had been misplaced again. Pens were a commodity since they had a habit of rolling off the counter, or being indefinitely "borrowed." I remembered seeing pens with feathers attached to the top of them in my colleague's classroom to prevent pens from being misplaced. I had the solution! I quickly ran to my computer and printed out a few copies of the QR code for our library book recommendations Flipgrid, laminated them, and attached them to the tops of some pens. I didn't need to replace the pens until the ink ran out, and the QR code was a reminder to share their favorite books with one another.
And I snuck a few reminders into new books when I processed them too...
Create a MixTape for each of your students, combining their responses from various topics during the school year.
Create student ID badges.
Save time, and download multiple QR response codes at once.
I believe that libraries are worlds of possibilities for our children. They should be places of "yes, and" not "no, but." We really need balance, as do all aspects of education.
It seems that every company is getting in on the makerspace craze. Some are offering resources, materials, and programs that have little to do with inquiry and ingenuity by slapping the word "makerspace" on the package and hoping it sticks. Believe it or not, Microsoft is a company that has done it right! Here's why:
MICROSOFT MAKER SPACE PROJECT AT ISTE 2016 IN DENVER
HAVING FUN AT HOME WITH PROJECTS
Kristina A. Holzweiss
Ed Tech School Librarian