The Ellen Nodelman Media Center
The Ellen Nodelman Media Center is part of a continued effort to bring our campus into the 21st century. Our goals for the creation of this center revolve around our commitment to providing electronic access to information within and outside of our school classrooms. To that end, by September 2013, we hope to acquire the following:
Student Server – It would be installed with 3 drives and some driver slots that we would fill at a later time.
Lending capability – Approximately 25% of our students do not have their own computing devices. We would like to establish a loaner program created by donations of gently used computers (laptops, tablets, or netbooks) and by the purchasing netbooks which can be loaned to students and families, using a library lending model.
Desktop Mac computers- The Ellen Nodelman Media Center will be our technology hub. In our Pennypacker Library students and faculty will be able to access high speed internet, connect to library databases around the country and world, Skype individually or as class, and benefit from customized video and pod casts. Students will also have access to software for video-editing, PowerPoint presentations, creative writing, animation, and virtual science and math labs. These goals require powerful computers able to handle the size and complexity of these programs.
White Boards and E-beams – RCDS has updated/upgraded its Smart Boards, but they are not the latest technology, however. Our goal is to replace each of them with newer technology – E-beams – which feed off a computer and are less susceptible to damage, and less expensive to maintain.
All donors who give $5000 and above to the Ellen Nodelman Media Center will be acknowledged with a plaque in their honor bearing the family’s name. This plaque will be located in the media center on a wall designated for supporters of the center.