Technology Integration: Faculty Spotlight
Mrs. LaKeshia Darden
“I am the Curriculum Materials/Media Librarian for Wiggins Memorial Library. My primary duties include serving as the liaison to the School of Education, Psychology, and Social Work, as well as collection development for CMMC resources: print, audio visual, and educational technology.
The CMMC is home to the Wiggins Memorial Library’s Idea lab/Makerspace which houses three 3D printers, and includes other low-tech items: a sewing machine, button maker, die cut machine, and a pyrography station. The purpose of the Idea Lab/Makerspace is to foster creativity, tinkering, and inventing with our students and faculty so when they think about a design or a project, they can come here and actually create it. I am continuously reaching out to faculty members to encourage them to include a “maker” assignment into their coursework. Learning occurs on a different level when you’re trying to make a concept or an idea reality—into something tangible.
The CMMC is also home to several educational technology tools that faculty members can use to provide more engaging lessons. Faculty can choose from a classroom set of 30 Google cardboards, and a select number of GPS units, 360-degree cameras, Swivl cameras and many more. I am available to meet one-on-one with faculty to demonstrate how to best include these resources in their coursework.”-LaKeshia Darden