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Makerspace Successes, Makerspace Challenges

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; Ethan Heise, Director of MackinMaker; and Heather Lister, Professional Learning Specialist
Sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources

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Maker culture is here and it is alive and thriving in schools and public libraries across the United States and beyond. While each makerspace is a reflection of its own learning community, there are valuable lessons we can take away from maker facilitators: successes, challenges, surprises, do-overs, and “I wishes.” In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Ethan Heise and Heather Lister xplore school library makerspaces from floor plans, furnishings, and equipment to the role of play in a data-driven education landscape. Discover how to integrate making into your learning community. School librarians, teachers, administrators, and all educators interested in makerspaces will enjoy and learn from this recorded session.

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About the Presenters

Michelle Luhtala is the Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut and was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow her on Twitter @mluhtala.



Ethan Heise Ethan Heise is the director of MackinMaker, Mackin’s Maker Education division. He has a hobbyist background in open source electronics and has helped start K-12 school makerspaces across the United States. He also works closely with community makerspaces in Minneapolis, Minnesota.




Heather Lister Heather Lister, professional learning specialist, is an international speaker and author on the topics of makerspaces, innovative libraries, and space transformation. With her experience and training as a school librarian, mathematics and instructional technology specialist, and school administrator, Heather brings a unique and practical perspective to the world of school librarianship and maker education.




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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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