Library Media Specialist, Author, Educational Consultant
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. She has played a prominent role in education as a writer and speaker and has served as an educational consultant on Next Generation teaching methods and tools. Laura co-hosts the Movers & Makers Podcast, and is the author of the bestselling, Worlds of Learning: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin, 2015).
Laura is also the creator of a digital badge-based professional development platform in which educators all over the world earn badges in acknowledgement of their professional learning. Her library Makerspace has garnered national attention and has served as an inspiration for schools across the country. She is also a recipient of the National School Boards “20 to Watch” in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014 and was recently nominated as a White House Champion of Change for Making.
Laura is also the creator of the ‘Worlds of Making’ Digital Academy, which provides makerspace professional development for teachers. Her 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. Laura is an educational consultant, thought leader and speaker on education, librarianship and technology. Follow her on Twitter @LFlemingEDU.
Laura's Blog Articles
Don’t Let Makerspaces Be A Passing Trend
In 21 years in education, I have seen many trends come and go. I am on a mission to keep.Read More
6 GREAT Makerspace Practices That You Need to See
One of the goals of my newest book, The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces, was to highlight best practices.Read More
Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2017!
This year’s New Media Consortium/COSN’s 2017 K-12 Horizon Report deemed makerspaces the future of edtech and predicted full adoption in.Read More
Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016
With the success of last year’s post on the Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015, we are excited to announce.Read More
Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015
2015 has proved to be a monumental year for the Maker Movement. With increasingly more schools committed to creating a.Read More
Making GREAT Makerspaces: The 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace
My work with schools across the nation on planning and creating makerspaces has proven to me that while anyone can.Read More
Participatory MakingMy history with littleBits began in 2013 when my school created a littleBits bar in our makerspace, and our experiences. Read More
MAKE Time for Learning in the Summer…At Home!
For me, one of the most powerful pieces of the Maker Movement is that it is based on the belief.Read More
Makerspaces Around the World
“You grow more when you get more people’s perspectives.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg One of the most rewarding parts about writing.Read More
Out of the Box Approach to Planning Makerspaces
Don’t think outside the box…Think like there is no box. ~ Unknown One of the most rewarding experiences in writing.Read More
We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Collection
Something that bothers me so much is when I read articles that talk about how libraries are becoming Makerspaces. Our.Read More
Do students need to follow a specific process for making and creating in a Makerspace?
In a recent blog post, I presented the 7 Attributes of a GREAT Makerspace. These attributes are meant to serve.Read More
The Challenge Great Makerspaces democratize learning. They make materials, supplies, and concepts available and accessible to all learners. By properly.Read More
Making GREAT Makerspaces
My work with schools across the Nation on planning and creating Makerspaces has proven to me that while anyone can.Read More
Kick Off A BYOT Initiative In Your Makerspace!
The current generation of students has grown up with technology and uses it in every aspect of their daily lives.Read More
Moving Beyond Lego Walls
Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I.Read More
Culture In A Transformed Library
Think your library needs a renovation? You might be right, but before spending unnecessary money on a major overhaul, you.Read More