A Makerspace is simply an area where students can create - a DIY space where students can use their imaginations and talents. Our Makerspace will include technology such as the 3D printer, but it will also house hands-on materials. Students may use the area to work on projects, such as the Genius Hour in 7th grade social studies or an assignment for the STEM class.
Teachers may sign up to use the space with a class, or individual students may come with permission during the school day.
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A Makerspace is on its way!
Resources to enhance your instruction and student learning!
Digital Cameras (please let us know a day ahead of time, if possible)
FLIP Video Cameras
GPS Devices (Class Set)
Books. We can pull what you need to use in your classroom for a lesson or unit.
Text Sets. Give us a subject and we will pull together print and digital resources, and realia, if available.
Desktop Computers. If your students do not have access to a Chromebook, they may use the desktops in the media center to complete assignments. One computer is set to print.
Copyright, Plagiarism & Digital Literacy
Require students to cite their sources - websites, books, images. Fair use allows leniency in student work, but students must be in the habit of citing sources. Remember, I will be happy to remind them when you begin a new project!
When using a presentation in your instruction, cite your sources. It can be a slide at the end. Show the importance. Remember, also, that Union County requires us to insert a statement that we are following fair use laws in all presentations.
Be mindful of copyright when making copies from workbooks, when creating bulletin boards and when posting to your Moodle sites.
Your Responsibility in the Classroom
Our students are digital natives - they have grown up with technology at their fingertips. Knowing how to use the technology is usually not an issue for them, but knowing how to use it responsibly and safely is vital. That is why digital literacy is a part of every teacher's evaluation. Are you a good role model?
A Few Tips:
- Password Protect Moodle Sites
- Search for Google images under "free to use or share" license
- Use Creative Commons
- Assume EVERYTHING is under copyright law unless otherwise noted