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Libraries as Maker Magnets

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Listen and learn : Panel

Tuesday, June 25, 10:45–11:45 am
Location: 105AB

Gaelyn Jenkins   Mark Ray   Josh Weisgrau  
In a Future Ready Library, students consume less and make more. Explore why and how school libraries are crafting empowered learners, computational thinkers and innovative designers through making and coding opportunities.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, 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
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
For Educators:
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Through an interactive panel format, participants will learn and discuss specific ways to implement maker opportunities for all students in the context of a library program including:

Explore educational shifts from student consumption to student creation/design to design a learner-centered maker environment (Maker Promise, ISTE Student Standards, Future Ready Micro-credential, etc.)
Understand how digital age learning standards (empowered learners, innovative designers, etc.) can be taught in a school library program (Greenville, Vancouver and other models)
Develop understanding of digital age learning standards (empowered learners, innovative designers, computational thinker, et. al.)
Identify strategies to ensure equity of access to making, design, and creation opportunities for all students to ensure all students have opportunities to make, design, and create

Participants will learn from librarians and leaders who have successfully implemented maker programs in libraries including lessons learned, recommended strategies, and helpful resources.


Presenter Introductions - 5 min
Using Slido for Q/A and conversation backchannel - 5 min
Exploring the consumption to creation shift in learning - 10 min
Discussion of standards/framework inputs (ISTE Standards for Students, Future Ready Librarians Framework, FRL/ISTE crosswalk and ISTE Educator Standards) - 10 min
Collaboratively identify and discuss relevant standards which support making in the library program - 10 min
Examine stories of success connected to making in the library - 10 min
Identify resources and next steps for future implementation - 10 min
Closing - 5 min

Supporting research

Presenter Josh Weisgrau leads the Digital Promise Maker Promise initiative, now in its third year. ( This report identifies teacher librarians as having strong interest and capacity to lead making and be maker champions in their schools.

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Gaelyn Jenkins, Greenville School District
Mark Ray, Amalgamated Futures
Josh Weisgrau, Digital Promise Global

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