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Playkerspaces and Makerspaces: Creating Dynamic Learning Possibilities Pre-K to 5

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Listen and learn : Panel

Tuesday, June 25, 10:15–11:15 am
Location: 103A

Wendy Dickerson   Susan Hefley   Tonya Hinkebein   Kelly McKee  
A makerspace for the youngest students can be a dynamic two-headed creature. Learn where these goals coincide, the differences and how to successfully use both to engage all learners. Hear about four successful approaches to makerspace for pre-K to 5 that integrate both playkerspace and makerspace.

Audience: Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Laptop/iPads may be useful, but they are not required for this session.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Global Collaborator
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

After leaving the presentation, participants will know the differences between Playkerspace and Makerspace and how to successfully use both to engage all learners. Participants will walk away with a website link that will house practical tips and tricks to run their own effective Makerspace and Playkerspace program along with curriculum ties in’s, ready to print Makerspace Centers, Classroom Passes, and video examples. Throughout the presentation share-out (Padlet and breaks will offered to hear ideas from the participants on how they plan on incorporating Playkerspace and Makerspace. Feedback from the Padlet and will show us our evidence of success. If we have participants sharing how Playkerspace and Makerspace will be used in their spaces along with curriculum ties in’s and ideas, then we know our presentation was successful.


2-3 min 1. Introductions, Responster survey.
5 min 2. Defining Makerspace and Playkerspace including goals and objectives
5 min 3. Compare and contrast, learning where these goals coincide
5 min 4. Differences between the two and how to successfully use both to engage all learners.
10 min 5. Pre-K Early Learning Center’s successful approaches to Playkerspace and Makerspace at the early childhood level
5 min 6. Elementary approaches to Playkerspace and Makerspace that integrate both playkerspace and makerspace in different ways.
5 min 7. Elementary successful approaches to Makerspace at the elementary with a different approach (Make and Take vs. Stay and Play)
5 min 8. Elementary successful approaches to Makerspace at the elementary without a separate Playkerspace
5 min 10. Recap and Share-out of ideas
5 min 11. Questions

Supporting research
The Making of a Makerspace. Pedagogical and Physical Transformations of ​Teaching and Learning.
Three books which launch good makerspace projects.
10 Reasons to Create Makerspaces in Your School. Builds Perseverance – Failure Is a Lesson, Not an End. Inspires Further Investigations. Encourages Rethinking the Concept. Teaches Basic Problem Solving. Helps Students Focus. Engages Minds and Encouraging Questions. Provides a Way of Expression and Conversation.
Makerspaces provide creative time and, well, space for people of all ages to build prototypes, explore questions, fail and retry, bounce ideas off one another and build something together.

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Wendy Dickerson, Glen Oaks Elementary/ McKinney ISD
Susan Hefley, McKinney ISD
Tonya Hinkebein, McKinney Isd
Kelly McKee, Lawson Early Childhood School

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