Knights of Make-A-Lot: Third Times the Charm

Location: Room 216AB

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Panel]

Wednesday, June 28, 1:00–2:00 pm
Location: Room 216AB

Josh Ajima   Colleen Graves   Diana Rendina   nathan stevens  
Tackle the idea of developing growth mindset with the Knights of Make-A-Lot. We'll discuss developing the maker mindset in students and teachers, and we'll cover how to get other teachers to move to a mindset that has students express knowledge of creation.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Constructivist learning/maker movement
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Empowered learner
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We are continuing the Knights of Make-a-lot panel. The first year was about getting makerspaces started. Last year was about working with underserved students and inexpensive projects. This year we are tackling growth mindset which is sometimes hard for teachers to understand in a maker environment. We’ll offer ideas for projects to get started building buy in with teachers and administrators. This panel has knowledge of a wide array of tools that can be used in a techshop, library or classroom. This panel also has expertise in engaging all learners in the maker movement. As we have seen, several schools are integrating the maker culture, but do not know how to bring maker concepts into content areas. The panel will discuss how to expand making past a specific space and into the classroom. The members of this panel are frequent participants of the #makerslowchat chat and answer questions of the community.


5 mins: Introductions
45 mins: Panel Discussion
10 mins: Questions from Audience

Supporting research

-Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom, by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez
-Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators, edited by Margaret Honey and David E Kanter
-The Makerspace Playbook
- How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education, by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez
-The Maker Education Initiative
-Mindstorms, by Seymour Papert
-Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace, by Colleen Graves, Aaron Graves, Diana Rendina



Josh Ajima, Loudoun County Public Schools

Designer. Maker. Teacher. Stanford #FabLearn Fellow. #CTEMakeover Challenge Winner. @Inventables 50 States Carver Winner. @thingiverse Featured. Former @make Reviewer. 2nd place Outsider Art Fair NY 2016 Babel competition. @Ultimaker Pioneer. By day: Technology Resource Teacher, Loudoun Academy of Science & Dominion High School, Loudoun County Public Schools.

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.

Diana Rendina, Tampa Preparatory School

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a middle/high school media specialist in Tampa, FL. She blogs at and is a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana participates actively in ISTE, AASL and FAME. She is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award and the 2015 School Library Journal Build Something Bold Award. Diana shares resources regularly on social media @DianaLRendina. She is the co-author of Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace and the author of Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.

nathan stevens, North Carolina State University

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June 25-28, 2017

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