Author Archives: Diana Rendina



Diana Rendina

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.

What Students Build in Makerspaces
Makerspaces

What Students Build in Makerspaces

While most educators I talk to seem to be completely enamored with the idea of Makerspaces, I know that there are also naysayers out there who wonder what it’s all...

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May 21, 2014
Our First Mini MakerFaire
Makerspaces

Our First Mini MakerFaire

A few weeks ago, we held our very first Mini MakerFaire at my school.  Our Makerspace is still in it’s infancy (it’s really just a bunch of tables set up...

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May 14, 2014
What's a Learning Mess?
Makerspaces

What’s a Learning Mess?

Learning mess: n., a mess that is created as a result of the learning process; also a mess that encourages further learning My library doesn’t have a dedicated area yet...

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April 25, 2014
Book Review: Invent to Learn
Book Review, Makerspaces

Book Review: Invent to Learn

Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom is an amazing book.  I’ve read tons of articles on Makerspaces, and several books as well, but this is certainly one...

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April 21, 2014
Gulf Coast MakerCon 14
Makerspaces

GulfCoast MakerCon 2014

  This past weekend I attend the GulfCoast MakerCon, which is a Tampa based mini-MakerFaire.  This was my first time ever going to such an event, and it was a...

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April 10, 2014
Makerspace Wishlist: DIY & Crafts
Makerspaces

Makerspace Wishlist Part 4: DIY and Crafts

When it comes to Makerspaces, many prefer to think of all expensive, whiz-bang technology and equipment.  While that’s perfectly fine and great for students, there’s a lot of benefits that...

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April 08, 2014
How I became a school librarian
Libraries

How I became a school librarian

  What led me to become a school librarian? Let’s rewind back to the summer of 2005.  I was working on my bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with no idea of...

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April 04, 2014
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