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Makerspaces at Alta Vista Middle School Library

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Lorie Mitchell

on 21 November 2014

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Transcript of Makerspaces at Alta Vista Middle School Library

Makerspaces in Libraries
a middle school case
Alta Vista Middle School
Carlsbad, NM

Create "exploration" classes:
Community Service Careers Exploration
Habitat Exploration
Technology Exploration
School Challenge: Students who are proficient have no reward while the other students get the intensive help they need.
Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.

Large case -- Georgia Tech
What is THAT?!
Asked the students what they like about technology
Web design
Game programming
Hardware - repairing & rebuilding computers
Video production
Alta Vista Middle School - Carlsbad, NM
Technology Exploration - Library
Created two sites using WordPress (FREE: www.wordpress.org)
Learned some HTML coding, design techniques, graphic creation

Web Design
GameMaker's Apprentice book and software $23
Students work through the different programs
Editing and writing code
Learning timing and using algorithms
Creating a new world for others to use in the world (global development)
Writing mods using Minecraft's unique language and coding (FREE)
Student volunteered the use of his own server for the development of the worlds and mods ($9 per month)
IT donated 6 computers (FREE)
1st day - students had to take everything out of the computer and then put it back together so that it turned on.
They have rebuilt the computers,
They troubleshoot concerns with the pc's including virus problems, Trojan horses, and even hardware boot beeps.
Collaborated with New Mexico State University Carlsbad
Tools: professional recording equipment, iPhones/iPads, digital camera, Adobe Premiere Elements 11 ($80)
AV News
Spoof Videos
Harlem Shake
Approximately 150 kids
AV Mascot
25 crazy teachers & the SRO
Video Production
Game Programming
Credit: Mr. Mark Barela, Principal
Lorie Mitchell, MA
Carlsbad High School Librarian/District Librarian
575.234.3319, ext 2633
Credit: Sam Christiansen
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