iTHINK Multimedia Lab Opens
Last Spring, Maclay School celebrated the grand opening of the Beck Family Research Center, which was the first major facility addition as part of the iTHINK initiative (Technology, Hands-on, Innovation, Network, Knowledge). In August, another addition to campus opened, the iTHINK Multimedia Lab located in the Marian Lawton Langford Library. The lab was completely funded by the ‘Raise the Paddle’ at the Maclay Auction: Passport to Paradise last March.
Maclay Librarian, David Low (Maclay ’05) was instrumental in spearheading the creation of the lab space, which included the construction of a sound room and studio, as well as purchasing equipment like cameras, audio monitors, teleprompters, and editing software. After a summer of construction, the lab officially opened a few weeks into the school year for all grade levels and made available for them to utilize. One of the first projects undertaken was the resurrection of the Lower School News which disappeared about ten years ago. Mr. Low works with 5th grade classes each week to produce a Friday edition of the news, which is then made available to all Lower School classrooms to show.
The lab is also busy with high school Physics teacher David Madden filming videos for his Youtube channel, Middle School class projects, and a future AV Club in Upper School. Mr. Low also instructs four students in a Directed Independent Study (DIS) course about digital media and even Mr. Milford has been in the studio recording a new podcast series called “A Few Minutes for Families,” which will launch in the coming weeks.
With the rising age of media, the iTHINK Multimedia Lab is another hands-on tool to help students grasp what is involved in what they watch and hear and shows them the different tools involved to make their media persuasive and influential. This new space will also offer students a new outlet to have their voices be heard by encouraging them to be more creative and adding personality into the school atmosphere.
-Hunt Deison is a senior at Maclay taking a DIS in Communications class