My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Corwin Connected Educators Series is a set of powerful little books covering specific topics in ways that educators can read a book one day and implement ideas the next. In this edition on makerspaces for school libraries, Fleming explains the necessary pieces of setting up a school makerspace (planning, aligning activities to standards, showcasing student work, and involving community experts) without bogging the reader down in details that could frequently change, such as equipment costs and suppliers. The focus stays on creating a maker culture in the school and starting at whatever level budget and administration allows. This book will be especially beneficial to librarians and educators interested in starting a makerspace but need to make the case and justify the value the space will bring. Fleming connects the dots between the learning that takes place in a makerspace and the initiatives so many are pushing for in education right now –increasing interest in STEM majors, fulfilling the goals of Common Core Standards, and connecting learning to the Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards and the Standards for the 21st Century Learner.