How to transform your media centers into makerspaces – eSchools news

How to transform your media centers into makerspaces – eSchools news

“Even with tight budgets, it’s possible to repurpose your libraries or media centers into 21st century makerspaces

For many of us in education, budget cuts are always a possibility. The challenge becomes how to make our services and programs truly stand out to stakeholders, so that we’re truly transforming what we’re doing to meet the needs of our students in today’s world. With that in mind, we recently re-introduced our media centers to our district community, Brevard County Schools in Florida, as a valuable and integral part of a student’s education that supports 21st-century skills.

Our “a-ha” moment about how to make this rebrand a reality came at a tech conference. With a colleague, the two of us stopped at a 3D printer booth and we both had the same vision. We talked about repurposing the media centers into Innovation Centers where students had the opportunity to experience STEM activities through a maker format. We were excited about the chance to give our students the opportunity to truly envision, design, create, and walk away with a 3D printed model.”

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http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/06/09/how-to-transform-your-media-centers-into-makerspaces/ 

Using Snapchat in Education

Using Snapchat in Education

I was spending time some 1 to 1 with my son on the weekenbucsnfl-snapcoded and saw him using Snapchat. I asked him what he was putting on Snapchat and he said he was build his story for the day. I complimented him on doing that and encouraged him to make good choices on the content he was putting online (in a “hidden veggies in your food” way).

I kept thinking of this idea that kids are “documenting” their days in the way that we may have written things in a diary. And I started wondering if there is a place in the classroom for this app.

I have found a few articles that show how this is being used already and hopefully can inspire you to try it in your classroom.

I’m really excited about this opportunity that educators from Primary to Tertiary have with this app.

Snapchat 101

Article and Video about how Snapchat is being used by youth 

http://ajjuliani.com/the-complete-guide-to-snapchat-for-teachers-and-parents/

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2016/03/14/high-schools-experiment-with-snapchat-to-reach-teens

http://www.educationpost.com.hk/resources/education/140604-insight-six-snapchat-experiments-to-engage-students

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/03/29/467091289/how-teachers-are-using-snapchat

http://www.isocialfanz.com/5-ways-use-snapchat-teaching-learning-tool-higher-education/