Creating Future Libraries’ Conference, Learners’ Playground

October 17 saw the annual Creating Future Libraries’ Conference #flrg2016  #FLRG16 . This year we tried a Learners’ Playground, as shown in the images below. It was wonderful to have a wide variety of TLs willing to share their great ideas and practice. This was originally planned just for lunch, but many people visited stands after registering and also at morning tea. I have added a few links, some of which are related, but not provided on the day, for anyone seeking to explore further.

Other resources:


ACCE Tour 2016

See main gist of today’s tour presentation here:

Our other Makerspace site

The main discussion was around girls losing interest in technology around 12 years old, and  whether  technology should be a stand-alone subject or integrated or about how multidisciplinary approaches might work. I was proud that at our school we are implementing/trialling futures-oriented programs, even though it is evolving, and at least our students have extensive opportunities to experience digital and design technologies, trans-disciplinary thinking and problem solving and STEAM/ STEAM thinking. The favourite technologies that teachers seemed to gravitate to today were drones (Parrot mini drones) and Augmented Reality: quiver, Guinness Books of Records 2015, iDinosaur  and Anomoly AR.

My ACCE2016 storify

Words for “I’ll code it for you”

QSITE storify from conference

Below are images from the makerspace visit; does not include images of 3D printers, charging facilities or food garden that were also visited on the day.

August in the Makerspace

Year 5s doing Lego Mindstorms in Library lessons. Year 6s finished Makerspace rotations of: 3D printing a locket with initials, hour of code, Fathers’ Day LED card with sticky circuits and green screen project using Adobe Elements. Had Year 6 Bookweek Event with Terrace-students undertook tallest flagpole with straws challenge in groups, and in the makerspace sewing interest continues, so we invited one of our Home Economics teachers to provide a workshop where students learnt sewing basics at lunchtime, by making a fabric heart. Other students have been making a version of play dough, cardboard towns, aprons, origami, PVA glue plastics and helping in the food garden and with worm farm.




Typing programs

Others not tried include:

Useful sites for flying drones in Australia