Student Inquiry – Three thing I know so far

I’ve spent much of the Fall thinking about student inquiry (aka research).  I’ve also been thinking a lot about how to help students find success taking ownership of their own learning. ...

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...

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...

Making as the Motivator

We’ve been having a great time this week at my school.  It is Arts Week and we have had some greate speakers in to work with and speak to our kids.  Shea Hembrey has been particularly motivati...

3D Printing – Thoughts and Discoveries

Well, our Learning Commons has had our 3D printer for just over two months now.  I will have to put up a gallery of photos of objects that we’ve made, but this morning I thought that I’d ...