Bring Making to Your School

Location: Room Hemisfair Ballroom 2

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Panel]

Tuesday, June 27, 10:45–11:45 am
Location: Room Hemisfair Ballroom 2

Jennifer Bond   Steve Dembo   Colleen Graves   Elissa Malespina   Nicholas Provenzano   Mary Wever  
Make with experts from around the country and then take the opportunity to engage in a thoughtful discussion on how to bring a makerspace to your school.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Constructivist learning/maker movement
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Empowered learner
Students : Innovative designer

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: To give attendees a first hand experience Making to give them a better understand of what students would be doing in their makerspaces and to provide support from experts across the country on how to support student learning through the use of Makerspaces. Objectives: Upon completion of this session, participants will: Have experience in different types of making activities. Have a collection of resources to support creating Makerspaces in their school. Grow their PLN by connecting with other educators who support the Making movement. Engage in discussion on Making to gain a better understanding of how it can impact learning environments. Goal: Attendees will feel comfortable implementing a Makerspace in their classroom, school, or district and will have supporting resources to guide them through the process.


5 minutes - Introductions and explaining the Makerspace ideal.
30 minutes - Breaking the room into groups to do their own making with Makerspace experts.
25 minutes - Panel discussion addressing the questions from attendees and sharing resources for attendees to use after the session is over.

Supporting research

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? - Honey, M and Kanter, D. (eds.) (2013). Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators. Routledge. Martinez, S.L. and Stager, G. (2013). Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press. NYSCI Issues Report on Innovation, Education and the Maker Movement. (2013) Proceedings from the Innovation, Education, and the Maker Movement Workshop. New York Hall of Science. Pepper, K and Bender, S. (2013). Maker Movement Spreads Innovation One Project at a Time: Lessons Learned from the Grassroots Spreading of the "Maker Movement". Phi Delta Kappan , Vol. 95, No. 3. Lamers, M., Verbeek, F. van der Putten, P. (2013). Tinkering in Scientific Education: Lecture Notes in Computer Science in Advances in Computer Entertainment, Volume 8253, pp 568-571. Lamers, M., Verbeek, F. van der Putten, P. (2014). Observations on Tinkering in Scientific Education in Entertaining the Whole World, Human–Computer Interaction Series, pp 137-145. Wagner, T. (2012) Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Scribner. Expert Advice: Make More Time for Play by Suzie Boss



Jennifer Bond, Walled Lake Schools

Over her 18 years of being an elementary educator, technology has always been an area of focus Jennifer Bond’s classroom. She enjoys leveraging her creativity with the various digital tools that technology and the web provides. She has embraced BYOD Days, Genius Hour, and the Maker Movement into her educational routine. She presents at state and national technology conferences on Edmodo, BYOD, Minecraft, Google for EDU, STEAM, Maker Ed and much more. Her most recent project has been being part of the team helping to provide PD with real classroom examples.

Steve Dembo, Teach42

Colleen Graves, JoyLabz

Colleen Graves is a teacher librarian obsessed with making stuff. She writes about what goes on in her library makerspace on her blog at and is also co-author of The Big Book of Makerspace Projects, Challenge Based Learning in the Library Makerspace, and 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius. She can be found on Twitter @gravescolleen and Instagram @makerteacherlibrarian.

Elissa Malespina, Verona High School

Nicholas Provenzano, University Liggett School

Nicholas Provenzano is a Technology Integration Specialist and Makerspace Director, education blogger, and nerdy Maker. He writes on his website,,, the ISTE blog, as well as other prominent educational websites. He was awarded the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL and ISTE. Nicholas is an Google Certified Innovator, TEDEd Innovative Educator, and a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. Above everything else, he is just a nerdy teacher trying to make a difference in the classroom. You can find his newest book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, online. Nicholas can be found tweeting plenty of nerdy ideas on Twitter at @TheNerdyTeacher

Mary Wever, Holt Public Schools

In addition to directing and teaching the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology courses for MAET at Michigan State University, Mary is also a MACUL Board member and teacher consultant for the Red Cedar Writing Project. Before her transition to MSU, Mary spent eight years teaching 2nd-4th grades. Her interests include classroom design, the maker movement, and of course, effective and creative uses of technology to assist teaching and learning. Mary loves to connect and share at teaching conferences all over the U.S. To find out more and to connect on social media, please visit

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