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. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. 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