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Tuscany Heights ES Library Annual Report 2014-2015: Technology Integration

Technology Integration

  • Taught district digital citizenship and copyright lessons to grades K-5 during the first two weeks of school.  Referred to these lesson throughout the school year.  1st graders, for example, glued pictures of the resources that they used on a works cited page reinforcing proper citation.

  • Reinforced digital citizenship, copyright laws and proper citation through various research projects: Students used proper citation and displayed proper use of copyrighted material when researching in the library.  For example, third grade used and cited royalty-free images during their rapid changes research unit.

  • Encouraged library iPad use for grades K-5:  1st graders created collages using the PicCollage app to show what they had learned in their Egypt unit. 

  • Introduced Chromebooks and Lenovo ThinkPads to Tuscany students ensuring that students can login and skillfully use devices for research and class assignments.  For example, THE classes visited the library for a simple login lesson to promote the use of Chromebooks.  After logging in, students explored Google Apps.  All grade levels enjoyed honing their typing skills using the Typing Club app.

  • Introduced Nexus Tablets to students to increase the use of digital/audio books in NEISD's OverDrive collection:   Students can check out up to five audio books and/or ebooks and take the devices home for a two-week period.  Nexus Tables have generated reading excitement among THE students.

  • Implemented technology into various library lessons encouraging the use of digital books, iPad apps, Chormebooks, Lenovo ThinkPads and LibGuides:  For example, 5th Grade students researched Renaissance inventors using recently purchased Chromebooks.  Students learned to login and took digital notes after learning how to copy a Google Doc using a link provided on the THE Renaissance Scientist LibGuide.  5th Graders assumed the identity of the scientist studied and created an autobiography using the app Chatterpix.  Digital citizenship was reinforced when note taking and creating a digital works cited page.

  • Co-sponsored THE Technology Club:  Students used laptop computers to build and program robots using Lego WeDo Construction Kits.

  • Implemented Hour of Code lessons and opened the library for code exploration:  Students used iPads, Chomebooks and desktop computers to participate in coding.  The Hour of Code Week was so successful that students continued to come to the library to use 'coding stations'.  

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