My goal is to have my elementary school Makerspace fully developed within three years. To be more specific about my definition of a 'fully developed' Makerspace, here is what I envision...
Students are using the Makerspace area everyday.
Teachers are checking out the area regularly.
All technology on the wishlist has been purchased through grant money or common school funds.
The technology that has been purchased is getting used intentionally based on curriculum and standards.
Students are enhancing their learning through hands-on activities.
Additionally, students feel empowered to take ownership of their own technology exploration.
In order to get one step closer to achieving my goal, I created a 'wishlist' for my Makerspace. This shows the literature, technology, storage, and production materials that I would like to purchase for the area. While creating this wishlist, I had to be intentional and flexible. This list is intentional due to the fact that these items have been researched and chosen based on curriculum and standards that fit grades K-6. This list also must be flexible considering it only has the items that fit my vision I have for the school, but not the other teachers. In order for this to be a space that gets used by all- we need more voices, opinions, and perspectives! As soon as I get a chance to present about the Makerspace and form a committee of teachers ready to take on the project with me- I can guarantee this list will change... And it should because I don't want technology or items in the space that won't be used. Feel free to check out my Makerspace Wishlist and comment below if you have any advice on items you would add or remove from the space.