Four Reasons Why a Library Makerspace Makes Perfect Sense

Robert Schuetz, Nocking The Arrow, Feb 21, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If a library isn't really useful for storing books any more (because who needs books when entire libraries can be stored on a single flash drive?) then what can we do with the space? In this article Robert Schuetz suggests using it to create a makerspace (what we used to call a project room, workshop or lab). "School media centers provide open, flexible space," he writes. "Collaboration, interaction, and hands-on engagement need space for versatility and movement. Visible, transparent learning will ignite curiosity and interest from teachers and students." At a time when governments are closing schools maybe they should be thinking of providing better community support instead.

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