Providence Day Librarians Nicole Collins and Corley May have been named this year’s Robert C. Hollmeyer Endowment Fund for Technology recipients. They will use the professional development award to continue equipping the new Digital Makerspace that they have been slowly building over the last year. Located in the library, this converted classroom is a space where students can record podcasts, music, and videos for both academic and personal projects.
“This space falls under the umbrella of the pursuit of information -- helping students research, finding what they need, and encouraging them to research things that inspire them outside of class,” says Collins. “We wanted to figure out what projects teachers had in mind and then what equipment those projects would require to help direct our focus in writing the grant.”
With the award, Collins and May have added podcasting microphones, monitors, and a mixing board to the space.
From here, the librarians are actively seeking ideas from other faculty members as to what other equipment should be added. “We have spent half of what we are allotted and now we are deciding what are the best strategic purchases we can make to make those projects a reality,” Collins continues. “We want the students and teachers to know about this resource and feel comfortable coming to us with ideas of how to utilize the space,” May adds. Both Collins and May are excited for the future of this new space on campus and look forward to providing even more equipment to students in the future.
This permanently endowed fund was established in 2007 in memory of Robert C. Hollmeyer, a parent of three PDS graduates. Hollmeyer believed a key to success in inspiring a passion for learning is an innovative and varied curriculum that prepares students for the future. The fund, one of six that support professional development of PD faculty, helps teachers obtain the resources and skills necessary to create a curriculum that encourages critical thinking and inspires lifelong learning.
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