Mobile Transformation Lab in the News

To create a global community of learners we must reach beyond the tiny microcosm of our classroom and school district. Lewisville ISD Library Media Services connects and collaborates with a variety of like-minded people from around the world.  The ultimate goal is to foster creativity and increase student engagement, to freely share lessons and resources with everyone, and to make learning really fun in the process!

Local / Campus

Many amazing things are happening each day on every campus. A tiny portion of great things actually have been published.  Here are a few of our celebrity campuses!

Librarians Receive Grants for MakerSpaces / MTL Campus Based Materials

    • Kathy Hoffman, Library Media Specialist at Donald Elementary,  received a grant in the amount of $2000.00.to buy materials. She will grant purchase Breakoutedu boxes for the entire school. Breakout EDU games teach critical thinking, teamwork, complex problem solving, and can be used in all content areas.
    • Michelle Brosi, library media specialist at College Street Elementary, along with Kim Price, STEM lab teacher, received funding in the amount of $2,500 for the ‘Making’ Makers: STEM Makerspace in the Library.  A portion of the library will be redesigned so students can take charge of their own learning at their own pace. We plan to use Cubelets, K’Nex, and MakeyMakeys for students to learn coding, engineering, robotics, and even more 21st-century skills. This space might spark future creators, engineers, architects, innovators, computer programmers, and much more."
    • Deanna Seigler, Library Media Specialist at Homestead Elementary received a campus grant for $4,256 funded by CoServe to fund Makerspaces in the library. A Makerspace is a collaborative space inside a school library for making, learning, exploring and sharing. These spaces are also helping to prepare kids with critical 21st-century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering art, and math (STEAM).  They provide hands-on learning, critical thinking skills, and even boost self-confidence.

Community Presentation:

Jody Rentfro, Emerging Technologies Specialist, and Leah Mann LMS Instructional Specialist shared the program at the FABNOW conference in Ft. Worth. FABNOW is a Conference & Maker EXPO - and the basis for The Texas Makers Guild. Our meetups are attended by educators, librarians, artists, engineers, computer scientists, and many other kinds of makers. 

Regional Presentations:

Jody Rentfro, Emerging Technologies Specialist, shared the MTL in an all day session at Region 11 Service Center for the iCreate Conference in the Summer of 2016. The full day session included: Robotics • Circuitry • 3D Printing • Entry Level Robots

Bernadette Trammell (Camey ES) presented at Lite Up 2017! on Finding the Balance in an Innovative Library.  https://liteup2017.sched.com/

State Presentation:

Robin Stout, LMS Supervisory, Jody Rentfro, Emerging Technologies Specialist, and Leah Mann, LMS Instructional Specialist presented 1/2 day session in Houston, Texas at the 2016 Texas Library Association. What types of materials may meet your patron needs in the library to support instruction?  Have you aligned the TEKS with the purchases?  Hands session to try the tools.

International Presentation:

  • Robin Stout, Supervisor of the Library Media Services and Jody Rentfro, Emerging Technology Specialist will present at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The title of their presentation is Build Your Own: Mobile Transformation Lab. They will share the successes of the librarians in Lewisville ISD as they implement MakerSpaces and focus on process skills in the library with "no tech", "low tech", and "new technologies". ISTE actively advocates for education technology at the local and national levels to advance the global transformation of education through the application of technology to education. 

Please join them on June 26th at 1:30 in San Antonio, Texas.

Published Articles:

Leah Mann, Library Media Services Instructional Specialist and Jody Rentfro, Emerging Technologies Specialist for their blog post about the Mobile Transformation Lab that was recently published for the Texas Association of School Administrators Visioning in Practice blog! TASA is the superintendents’ association for the state. https://visioninpracticeblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/supporting-the-future-ready-student-the-mobile-transformation-lab/

Maker Blog by:  Kristi Taylor @gidgetytaylor from Lamar MS

Last modified: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 3:56 PM