PBL vs Maker Learning

It seems to me, there are a lot of things in common between PBL and maker learning.  But, there are also some significant differences.  PBL often means project-based or problem-based learning. This ...

Access, access, access

I’ve been spending the last few weeks setting up new systems for our Learning Commons that will, hopefully, allow users (students and staff) to find resources more easily in our school library c...

It’s Complicated – book review

It’s been a pretty relaxing summer.  The blog has been neglected as my writing has been working toward a book that I hope will be of interest to readers of this blog, but a completion date is n...

Putting my Money where my PLN Mouth is

Have you ever taken a step back from your Personal Learning Network and looked at who has ended up in it?  If you’re anything like me (and you know you are!), you’ve spent months or years...

Making in the School Learning Commons

I’ve been spending the last week in Nashville with colleagues from boys schools around the world thinking and talking about maker learning in schools.  The role of makerspaces in the school lea...

No Longer a Maker Faire Virgin

I’ve been thinking, reading, and talking about the maker “revolution” for some time now, but have not actually been to a maker faire until today.  All I can say is WOW!  Thank god ...

Canadian School Libraries – Making connections

This has been a whirlwind of a few days.  Since picking up David Loertscher at the airport in Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon, he and I have nearly finished revisions on a new edition of his library c...

Action Research – The Book – an Interaction

My wrestling with action research as a process has lead me to a book that came highly recommended to me entitled, surprisingly, Action Research, by Ernest T. Stringer.  I’m reading his 4th edit...

Action Research

OK.  I need help.  My recently completed Masters emphasized “quality” traditional research.  Clearly defined research questions, carefully planned processes with reliable measuring inst...