Integrating Literacy into Your Makerspace

A Course by Worlds of Making

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We are excited about your interest in taking this online course from Educational World and Worlds of Making. Below you will find a brief course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. We estimate that this course will take 4 hours to complete. Once you have completed it, you may request the 4 hours of Professional Development towards your teacher licensure re-certification. Use the one page description sheet below to share it with your administrators to make sure you can use this towards your Professional Development/Licensure plan. We hope you will find this course valuable and enjoyable. If you have any questions please email us at "[email protected]".

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Course Details

Course Description: Makerspaces enable opportunities for students to create, imagine, and build…..what better springboard for that than stories? Stories fuel and ignite the imagination. Many people associate makerspaces with only STEM-related activities, but literacy and making can go hand in hand. An understanding of transliteracies is key to meeting the needs of our 21st century learners and can enhance any makerspace.

My own entry point into the Maker Movement, was through literacy. In this course, inject some STEAM into your makerspace and explore how reading and writing across multiple platforms can help making and creating more engaging and meaningful to learners. Glean insight and practical tips on using literacy and storytelling to derive meaning from various types of making.

Target Audience: All educational stakeholders who have a hand in making! Classroom teachers, librarians, or those interested in facilitating maker activities will benefit from enrolling. Participants will walk away with tools to fuel their makerspace planning and programming.

Course Purpose: The purpose of this e-course is to learn how to provide students the opportunity to read and write, in the spirit of making, across multiple media platforms.

Course Goals & Objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

• Increase digital literacy skills through writing & sharing stories across diverse media in your makerspace
• Discover how the Maker Movement and literacy intersect
• Make effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in your makerspace
• Meet standards AND transforming your makerspace for 21st century learning
• Have FUN consuming digital content, but more importantly, creating digital content in your makerspace
• Gain exposure to various literacy-based makerspace tools, activities and resources
• Learn ways to inject literacy into your makerspace
• Understand how to enhance maker activities with literacy skills
• Merge storytelling and multiple literacies with the current crop of digital and networking technologies in your makerspace

Learning Materials:

Instructor-led online course which includes personalized support through the duration of your course.

  • Special message for you from award-winning author, Patrick Carman
  • Articles, videos and other multimedia resources
  • A message for course participants straight from Mozilla Learning
  • Free downloads and planning sheets for both teachers and students, which includes a Multimedia Storytelling Challenge

Technology Needed to Complete: You will need a computer with an updated browser to complete the course. In addition, you will need a working and valid email address.

Access to Children: You do not need access to students to complete this course.

Your Instructor

Laura Fleming
Laura Fleming

Laura has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for over 20 years. She has taught grades K-12 and plays a prominent role in education as a writer and speaker and educational consultant. She is also the best-selling author of Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin, 2015), as well as The Kickstart Guide to Making Great Makerspaces (Corwin, 2017). Laura has had the opportunity to work with schools around the world on planning and creating makerspaces.

Worlds of Making
This course is part of the Worlds of Making Courses

Every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make and do. Worlds of Making aims to provide professional learning experiences for educators who want to create makerspaces that are unique, meaningful and relevant to their school communities.

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