Thanks to an LSTA* grant and matching funds from the Friends of Hackney Library organization, the library recently purchased for its classroom a variety of digital components to aid both instructors and students in using cutting-edge educational technology. Installation of various components began on September 2, and testing of and refinements to the equipment continued through mid-September.
The new classroom features an interactive Promethean ActivBoard with ceiling-mounted projector and an ActivSlate for mobile use throughout the classroom, as well as ActivExpress interactive voting technology (32 clickers). In addition, we have purchased an HP Touchsmart for the instructor’s computer, complete with wireless keyboard and mouse. Twenty wireless Netbook computers have also been purchased for use in the classroom (which, when not in use in the classroom, may be checked out for student use from the circulation desk. Soon to come will be video cameras for student and faculty/staff use within the classroom for creation of podcasts, and more.
To support the additional wireless Netbooks and other technological components, four new wireless access points have replaced the original two access points to boost the speed and capability of the library’s overall wireless network. Many thanks to IT staff, as well as Technology and Digital Services Librarian Jason Fleming, for their work in configuring the various components and making them operable.
The library held three faculty “teas” in the classroom on September 23 to demonstrate the new technology to a total of 16 interested faculty members. Faculty may on occasion want to make use of the classroom with their own students. (Reservations for use of the classroom on a class-by-class basis may be made by calling the reference desk at x6502.)
* Federal LSTA funds are made possible through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and are administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.