Season 2: Episode 38 – Interview with Laura Fleming – Worlds of Making [Podcast]

Screen Shot 2016-05-28 at 5.36.21 AMIn this episode we’re talking to Laura Fleming. Laura has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 20 years.  She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12.  Laura is a strong advocate of using New Media and Vanguard Techniques for Interactive and Transmedia (multi-platform) Storytelling. She is also the author of the best-selling Worlds of Learning:  Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin, 2015).

Laura’s goal is to create learning experiences that empower and equip students with necessary skills to effectively produce and consume content across multiple media platforms.  She is also driven to enable educators and cohorts in applying these innovative methods and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise. She is an educational consultant, thought leader and speaker on education, librarianship, and technology.

Recently, Laura created a digital badge-based professional development platform in which educators all over the world earn badges in acknowledgement of their informal professional learning.  She is also a recipient of the National School Boards ‘20 to Watch’ in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014, as well as a 2015 Bammy Award Recipient.

In this episode, we talked about:

  1. What is the beautiful question behind Worlds of Making?
  2. Why is it important for students to have the opportunity to “make”?
  3. What are a few ideas for teachers and/or leaders to keep in mind when they plan set/up a maker space?
  4. How do they develop the maker culture along the way?
  5. How can makerspaces – as unique learning environments – be used to support students in meeting standards?
  6. I have been interested in digital badging. Talk to us about your digital badging professional development platform.
  7. What beautiful question are you thinking about now? What are you working on next?

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  1. How can you develop a culture of making in your building or classroom?

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