Selecting the Right Products for Your Makerspace

October 27, 2016

Struggling to find the best tools for your makerspace? Media specialist, author, consultant and makerspace expert Laura Fleming discusses the steps to evaluating the needs of your school or community and the critical role this plays in planning and supporting your makerspace. She’ll cover the importance of open-ended exploration and how to choose the most appropriate products to allow for exploratory learning to take place. You’ll also learn about specific products that can meet the criteria of open-ended exploration, including Demco’s line of TeacherGeek® tools.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to assess the needs of your school or community
  2. How to use a critical lens when evaluating products
  3. How to identify tools that allow for open-ended exploration
  4. How Demco’s line of TeacherGeek® tools can meet the needs of your space


Laura Fleming

Laura Fleming

Library Media Specialist at New Milford High School, NJ

Laura has been an educator in New Jersey for 20 years. She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and is currently a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12. Her library’s makerspace has garnered national attention and has served as an inspiration for schools across the country. She has played a prominent role in education providing insights on next-generation teaching methods and tools. Laura is an educational consultant, thought leader and speaker on education, librarianship and technology.

Laura co-hosts the Movers & Makers Podcast and is the author of the best-selling, “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.

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 to apply these innovative methods and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise.


Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

Marketing Content Manager at Demco, Inc.
Liz is the Marketing Content Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at