One of my big takeaways from ISTE is the desire to create a makerspace in my media center. I've done some reading on what constitutes a makerspace, how to work with limited space and budget, how to create time for students to utilize it, etc. I've also been scouring my Twitter feed for information on how other folks are implenting makerspaces in their libraries. This morning I was stopped by a Tweet from @mmooresjc about her blog posts on SAMR and Makerspaces.
I have yet to read about her makerspace because the SAMR post stopped me cold. Megan Moore organized her lessons in an infographic to show how they related to the SAMR model. Genius! Her graphic communicated SAMR implementation to me in a way that helped take my understanding of it to the next level. I also had a couple of "A-ha moments" as I processed her blog post.
"A-ha" moment #1 was that I need to remember that I am a visual learner and should actively look to gather information of a graphic nature to better my own understanding. Sometimes I forget that learning styles are not just for students. I am a reader, and tend to gather information through books, articles, etc., but in truth I learn best visually. If I were planning a lesson for my students, I would include graphics to help explain what I am teaching, so why not do it for myself?
'A-ha" moment #2, was that I should create a planning template so that I can better understand how the activities I plan relate to the SAMR model. I'm sharing my creation below, with a download link beneath. Thank you Megan Moore for the inspiration!
As a teacher librarian in a 6-8 middle school, when I'm not dreaming up all sorts of tactics to get books into my students' hands, I am seeking new ways to harness technology to help them learn.
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