Week 6 Reflection

This week’s question was hard for me to conceptualize, however I learned a lot in reading my peer’s blogs/ideas. I am not familiar with many tools, so thinking of things to stock in my makerspace was difficult. I learned a lot from reading Scott’s blog. I gained insight into tools I should stock. I also learned a lot from reading Cindy’s blog. Her documents were well organized and easy to read. I am hoping I can write up my documents that well in the near future. Cindy is also sharing some cool tech gadgets, like squishy circuits and LED throwies. She also shared information on the cool maker things happening in her district and the resources she can collaborate with, it was aspiring to read. I really gained ideas from all the blogs this week. I have been jotting down materials or ideas that I think I can use in my makerspace. This week most of my replies to my peers were to ask question or get more knowledge for my makerspace. For example I asked Scott about his green screen wall.

In doing some research for my club planning documents I found some useful resources. An elementary school in Missouri, Lewis and Clark Elementary has a library makerspace. They have a website that is full of great makerspace websites and resources. Their website can be found here: http://lc-lps-ca.schoolloop.com/MakerSpace.  The Lewis and Clark librarian also has a blog, Lewis and Clark Learns, where the librarian shares what is going on in their makerspace. http://lewisandclarkreads.blogspot.com/search/label/Genius%20Hour

Here is a video that shares their students’ projects:

I have some great ideas and have learned many things this week, now it’s just a matter of getting it all down into documents for my maker club.


Lewis and Clark Elementary: MakerSpace. Retrieved June 29, 2015, from http://lc-lps-ca.schoolloop.com/makerspace

Rosheim, A. (2015, March 31). Genius hour 2015. [Video]. Retrieved June 26, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOSvpd8rByo

Rosheim, A. (2015). Lewis and clark learns. [Blog]. Retrieved June 26, 2015 from, http://lewisandclarkreads.blogspot.com/search/label/Genius%20Hour


#uasrobotics Week 6

What stuff will you stock your making space with, what’s the cost, and how will you fund it?

I am a novice at makerspaces and I am totally out of my element.  My gut reaction to this week’s essential question is I don’t know what I need, because I don’t know what my students will want to create.  However the more I think about it, it isn’t possible for me to meet the needs of all my students in terms of materials needed, because the sky is not the limit there are/will be constraints to the materials I can get for my students.  Maybe a better way to look at my makerspace is here are the materials for use, what can you create within the constraints of these materials?  As stated by Gorman (2014), “While an ultimate goal might be a school Maker Space, a single teacher may wish to consider a starting place that is practical and doable. I suggest finding an idea for a kit or project that might fit a curricular area of study.”  In his blog, 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning, Michael Gorman shares 10 websites to assist in helping create a makerspace.  One of the sites Gorman shares is Global Cardboard Challenge, inspired by Caine’s Arcade, see YouTube video below:

In the Edutopia article Designing a School Makerspace Jennifer Cooper shares some questions to think about when starting a makerspace:

  •   What range of subjects will be taught in the space? What types of activities and projects could be done there?
  •   Which tools are most needed?
  •   Who will be using the space?  Who is staffing the space?  Will others use the space?
  •   When will the space be used?
  •   Where in the school will the space be?  What considerations are important?
  •   How will it be built? (If a new structure is needed for the makerspace.)

My plan is to start a makerspace in my classroom for one hour on Fridays, like Google’s 20% time.  The ideas below are fluid, meaning that they will be evolving and changing the more I learn about makerspaces and the more my students and I use the space.  Here is my plan so far:

Supplies: Cost:

cost/per one tool

Laptops Free -School already has
iPads Free -School already has
Glue gun ~$5.00
Tape – duct, painters, masking, Possibly free from donations from hardware stores
Staplers ~$5.00

Possibly free from school

Scissors ~ $4.00
Safety goggles ~$10.00
Screwdrivers set

Needle nose pliers

Electric Drills

~ $17.00

~ $10.00

~ $40.00

Possibly free from donations from hardware stores

Cardboard Free donated
Wood Free donated
Used computer parts Free donated
SketchUp software Free – school district already has
3D printer Free – school district already has
Scratch and Scratch Jr Free
Work gloves ~5.00
Littlebits – Premium Kit ~$149.00






~ $15.00/pack

In High School Makerspace Tools & Materials has a breakdown of what is needed in a high school makerspace and the approximate cost.  I like how it breaks down the cost by materials needed and type of materials.

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(High School Makerspace Tools & Materials, page 9)


  •   I live near a transfer site, so I think I can get many items free from there i.e. cardboard, wood, old computer parts, used toys, etc.
  •   Parent donations – I can ask students to bring in cardboard from food boxes. I like the idea of having a tool drive.  According to Hlubinka (2013), “Do a tool drive in your community. Your neighbors may have some of the tools you need and be happy to share these with a new generation of Makers.”
  •   Community donations
  •   Donorschoose.org
  •   I will find out how much school funding I could possibly get if I also did something after school.

My goal for the future:  The more skilled I become at hosting a makerspace I will look into writing/obtaining grant money.


Cooper, J. (2013, September 30). Designing a school makerspace. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/designing-a-school-makerspace-jennifer-cooper

Gorman, M. (2014, August 3).  Maker space in education series…10 sites to start making in the classroom. [Blog post]. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/maker-space-in-education-series-10-sites-to-start-making-in-the-classroom/

Hlubinka, M. (2013, August 21). Stocking up school makerspaces. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from http://makezine.com/2013/08/21/stocking-up-school-makerspaces/

Makerspace. (2012). High School Makerspace Tools & Materials. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from http://spaces.makerspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/hsmakerspacetoolsmaterials-201204.pdf

Mullick, N. (2012, April 9). Caine’s Arcade. [Video]. Retrieved June 23, 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=87&v=faIFNkdq96U

Week 5 Reflection

This week’s chapter was interesting to read; because some of the stuff the authors wrote about I didn’t agree with fully. As an elementary teacher it’s hard to find the balance in knowing what students need structure in and what they do not. I actually would debate that for primary elementary students there needs to be structure in everything. With in that structure there could be built in choice and creativity. When I responded to the blogs of others I tried to give suggestions/information I have learned in the past year as an ITT, for example I shared a tech resource with Cherie. In others reflections I felt like my sharing was well received and appreciated.

My Arduino projects are going well. I haven’t been able to attend the Google hangouts because of conflicting schedules, but I will attend again soon. It has been helpful watching them later in the week and to reference them later if I have problems while making a project. At first Scott intimidated me, because he is so far ahead of me in projects (that’s my competitive nature). However, now I like it because he shares great information in his videos that helps me when I go to create a project. Thanks Scott!

#uasrobotics Week 5 Teaching and Learning

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 1.29.02 AMWhat is the relationship between teaching and learning?

My philosophy is that teaching and learning go together. This week’s essential question made me think of the pyramid of learning. The bottom of the pyramid, the largest part, is teach others. Most of us learn best when we teach others. As educators we are continuously learning and most of educators try to instill in their students the idea of being a life long learner. Chapter five of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom (Martinez & Stager 2013) I enjoyed reading about the concept of teaching that uses iterative design cycles and promotes creativity. I wish the chapter had more examples of what the design cycle might look like in a classroom. “Long before there were schools as we know them, there was apprenticeship — learning how to do something by trying it under the guidance of one who knows how(The Objective of Education, 2008). Learning by doing, which is the second largest piece of the pyramid of learning, allows student to see value in what they are learning. In the online article Top 5 Life Skills School Don’t Teach, Cutler (2014) states,We fail at encouraging students to fail, by harshly penalizing failure. Incorporating project based learning and makerspaces into classrooms helps encourage creativity while also modeling that failure may happen and how to problem solve


Something I struggled to agree with in chapter five was don’t overteach planning. According to Martinez & Stager (2013), “For example, a mindmap or a storyboard is a great tool, but only when a student needs a way to organize
their thoughts. Imposing your planning framework, even with the best of intentions, deprives the child of the experience of solving their own problems and makes them dependent on you.” As an elementary teacher I feel it is my job to teach structure and organization, especially in writing. I think it would be difficult for most third grade students to write a 3-5 paragraph paper without learning about how to structure writing and/or use graphic organizers.


Cutler, D. (2014, January 7). Top 5 life skills school don’t teach. Retrieved June 16, 2015 from http://www.spinedu.com/top-5-life-skills-schools-teach/#.VYFJG6bwyI0

Martinez, S., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.

National Training Laboratories Bethel, Maine. (n.d.). Learning pyramid.

The Objective of Education Is Learning, Not Teaching. (2008, August 20). Retrieved June 16, 2015 from http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/the-objective-of-education-is-learning-not-teaching/

Week 4 Reflection

This week I fell behind in the course. I was offered a last minutes opportunity to attend a math and science camp in Wrangell, AK. Unfortunately there was very limited Internet because there were 40 teachers with multiple devices trying to connect to Wi-Fi. I am back and trying to catch up. The camp was a great experience. I was able to meet and collaborate with teachers from southeast Alaska. In order to get credit for the camp we were tasked with creating a unit on the concepts we were learning about at the camp. The group I was in used probes and sensors to test water properties. At first I was skeptical because I wasn’t sure my district had the necessary probes and sensors, but I was told by my former ITT supervisor that my district does have the probes and sensors that I could use in a classroom.

This week’s essential question had my gears spinning. For the 2015-16 school year I am not sure what grade level I will be teaching, so it is hard to wrap my head around what projects I might want to incorporate. However, after reading the blogs of my peers I am feeling inspired.   There were many good ideas both for elementary and secondary students. I just need to bunker down and search the Internet for ideas, like Cindy blogged there are many great ideas out there. This week in replying to the blogs of my peers I tried to add additional resources for them. I love that we get to share tech resources in this course and I can’t wait to hear about my peers’ makerspaces.

#uasrobotics Week 4

What project could help me integrate my content with making?

This week’s question was hard for me to wrap my head around. One reason I struggled with the question is I don’t know what I will be teaching for the 2015-16 school year, it may be elementary, middle school math, or technology coach. When I think of project based learning I think of science fair projects. I also think of how/when I incorporate projects into my classroom and it’s usually in science and includes using technology. After reading the online article Using Makerspace to Teach English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (Hall 2014), I have a better idea on how I can incorporate Language Arts into projects. According to Hall (2014),By teaching skills like writing, expression, inquiry, and critical thinking in makerspaces, we can help support this ability to communicate in appropriate ways for each topic a student encounters (p.33).” The eight elements of a good project in chapter four of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom (Martinez & Stager 2013) are a good starting point for creating a classroom project:

  1. Purpose and Relevance
  2. Time
  3. Complexity
  4. Intensity
  5. Connection
  6. Access
  7. Shareability
  8. Novelty

This week I attended a Math and Science Camp for teachers in Wrangell, AK. I was in a hydrology group and we learned how to use different technology probes to test water quality. We tested water temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen and pH level. It was interesting to look at different bodies of water and compare the water properties. At the end of the camp teachers were tasked with creating a lesson/unit. I worked with four other teachers to create a hydrology unit with the essential question: what effects water quality? One of the lessons created looked at creating a filtration system. Two teachers from southeast AK have schools that have a holding tank for their school’s water. The lesson involved students testing the water properties in the holding tank, then filtering the water and testing the water to see if there are differences in the water properties. In the end the students would build a water filtration system. In chapter four of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom Martinez & Stager stated (2013), “The best prompts emerge from a learner’s curiosity, experience, discovery, wonder, challenge, or dilemma.” This made me think of a KWL chart and using the W, what students want to know as driving questions for students’ projects. During the Math and Science camp I heard a few secondary teachers bring up the idea of having the students create/decide on what the essential question would be for a given unit/lesson. By allowing students to drive the instruction would help ensure that students are engaged and learning is relevant. As stated by West-Puckett (2013),Don’t let a prescribed curriculum stop you from integrating engaging maker experiences into your classroom. Find the intersections between young peoples’ interests and your curriculum.


Hall, M. (2014). Using makerspace to teach english language arts common core state standards. Retrieved June 13, 2015 from http://www.librarymediaconnection.com/pdf/lmc/reviews_and_articles/featured_articles/Hall_November_December2014.pdf

Martinez, S., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Constructing Modern Knowledge Press.

West-Puckett, S. (2013, September 13). Remaking education: Designing classroom makerspaces for transformative learning. Retrieved June 13, 2015 from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/classroom-makerspaces-transformative-learning-stephanie-west-puckett