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Voxer Bookchat Kick-Off

First @MakerDads Bookchat kicks off 3/12/18
A special welcome to Harbor View ES (CA), Shields ES (DE), Gatewood ES (MN) and Wyncote ES (PA). Each of them are MakerDads (cohort 1) schools who are starting a virtual bookchat with MakerDads next week. The title we're using in our first virtual professional development offering is a special one by friend and colleague, Laura Fleming: 
Laura and I have known each other for several years now through Edcamps and connected work in schools. Today, we're doing much more strategic collaborations, as HER BOOK is the one I'm personally using to fully convert my 2-car garage into a functioning makerspace for adults and kids. So a lot of our Voxer conversations are filled with makerspace pictures that spur innovation and new making opportunities for kids and adults.

More on that later, but this work is both personal and professional for both of us. On one hand, we're working with schools across the country to evolve their school makerspaces, many from rotting computer labs who seen heaviest volume especially around state testing time. We are working with schools for 1 year (relationship-based PD offerings only, please) to convert their space into one that values and engages the community from Day 1. 

Laura's book is a match for the makerspace development work we're also doing in our home garage, and you can click that link to see the first video of the garage makerspace before we started de-cluttering and being intentional in our use of space overall.


VOXER 101 - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Below is the 2 minute, 32 second Voxer 101 video tutorial for the teachers participating in the bookchat. After you watch, pause where necessary and complete the Voxer sign-up/registration (free) from your phone, send your school principal / MCC (MakerDads Campus Contact) an email with your username. He/she will then officially add you to the Making GREAT Makerspaces bookchat. 




DO THIS AFTER WATCHING VIDEO
  1. Download Voxer on your phone. Sign-up. Remove all notifications. Customize your username. Wait for next steps.
  2. Email your username to your principal or MCC immediately.
  3. Once you are added to the bookchat, you will be able to open your Voxer app and automatically see the bookchat. Open the thread and you can start listening in and participating when you feel ready. Believe me - it's like the old walkie talkies. Super fun stuff when used effectively. 
  4. Use this week to get familiar with the communication tool. Next week, we'll begin with Week 1 of mGM - Part 1: The Seven Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace.

DON'T FORGET TO FOLLOW US
Please add Lauren (@MakerMom12) and I (@MakerDads) as Voxer contacts.  


We can answer your (admin and bookchat) questions there, but we also use it for personal use ie. shopping list, etc. MakerDads is also on Twitter @MakerDads and will be using hashtags #makerdads and #makingGREATmakerspaces over the next couple months.

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