By: Ethan Shumaker
Photo Credit: Adam Evans
Recent renovations to the Instructional Media Center (IMC) at the Elizabethtown Area High School allowed it to transition from a traditional library to a more flexible learning environment, used by teachers as an out-of-classroom workspace and by students as a comfortable and secluded place to study.
The desktop computers that previously cluttered the room have been replaced by the new 1:1 laptop-to-student policy already in effect for middle school students and rolling out in the high school next year. Other additions include Google Expedition kits, which allow teachers to enrich their curriculum with a trip into virtual reality, four new TV monitors open to teacher and student use, and Makerspace materials, which students can use to create arts and crafts to demonstrate what they’ve learned through their studies.
One result of the changes to the IMC impacting students is the closure of the IMC to foot traffic. Students who in the past would have walked through the IMC to and from classes must now detour through the history wing. This creates a high rate of flow that occasionally brings hallwaygoers to a full stop. But this change has big benefits for those using the IMC - its carpets no longer collect dirt tracked in from students walking through, and the IMC is no longer host to the noises accompanying students transitioning between classes. These changes make the IMC much more useful as a classroom space.
To keep up to date on new developments or see what’s changed, follow the IMC’s official Twitter at @BearsIMC.