This session will explore how teacher librarians can embed maker movement philosophies and spaces into their library learning commons to better engage all learners, and further develop their 21st Century Competencies. Specifically, in this hands on interactive workshop, we will explore how maker activities designed to appeal to our hard-to-reach learners ultimately benefit all students. We will share our learning from our TLLP journey as we explore maker tools and activities that can support any curriculum area. We have worked to develop experiential learning opportunities that have allowed for greater teacher collaboration and appeal to a wider range of students. Participants in this session will have the opportunity to play at various maker stations and then have time to share as a group their own success, failures and ideas for future projects. Appropriate assessment tools to reflect the design thinking process will also be provided.
1) Explore various low and high tech maker tools
2) Learn how maker activities support the needs of the at risk learner, while supporting the learning of all
3) Understand assessment tools that align with design thinking and maker ideology