Technology Integration:  Faculty Spotlight


Mrs. LaKeshia Dar­den

Curriculum/Media Librar­ian

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