Watch How a Student-Designed Library Became Reality

Doesn’t it feel good when something you envision actually comes to life?

A couple of years ago I wrote about how a group of high school students near Dell’s headquarters in Texas took on the challenge to design the library of the future.

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At that time I noted how the students were happy to hear that their hard work – which was completely volunteer and did not earn a grade – was being taken seriously by business, community and school leaders.

So seriously, in fact, that it has now become a reality.

“The first time we walked in it looked more real than anything, like, this is what I designed. This is what came to life,” one of the students remarked.

“The plan was, do not give them any constraints. Let their minds wander, let their creativity show,” said Career and Technology Academy Specialist Rachel Sotelo at Cedar Ridge High School.

That same spirit of freedom and student decision-making also translates to the Dell technology that the school uses. From laptops to desktops, Dell Chromebooks to interactive projectors, students are encouraged to choose whatever tool meets their needs.

“Instead of assigning one device per student, we ask the children to think about their learning experience – what’s the purpose here, and which devices will best support me,” explained Gabi Nino, principal of Joe Lee Johnson Elementary School.

That every student should have a voice and choice in the learning process is something in which our Dell Education team believes. They spend a lot of time in classrooms, talking with students and educators to design solutions that support them as the redefine the learning environment.

To learn how they can help personalize learning, check out more case studies, white papers, brochures and webcasts in our online library.

About the Author: Laura Pevehouse

Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.