At Tuscany Heights, we integrate technology into library lessons for each grade level. For example, students frequently use Chromebooks, desktop computers and iPads to access district resources for research and pleasure. Furthermore, students are encouraged to use Nexus Tablets or personal devices to access OverDrive, NEISD's electronic library, which gives students the ability to checkout eBooks, audiobooks and read-alongs from anywhere with internet connectivity.
This year 2nd-5th grade students were encouraged to utilize NEISD's newest database, Britannica ImageQuest, when needing rights-cleared pictures for research projects. For instance, 3rd graders used Britannica ImageQuest to get dozens of pictures for their unit on rapid changes of the Earth's surface and 2nd graders found pictures of famous Americans for a class project.
- Reviewed the use of Capstone and other eBook collections to generate excitement about reading at school or at home.
- Taught district digital citizenship and copyright lessons to grades K-5 during the first two weeks of school. I tied I Want my Hat Back by John Klassen to reinforce the idea that taking pictures or ideas without permission is comparable to stealing. I often referred to these lessons throughout the school year. Even Kindergartners know to cite sources when doing research.
- Continued to use Chromebooks and Lenovo ThinkPads ensuring that students can login and skillfully use devices for research and class assignments. This year, older students used ChromeBooks and GoogleDocs to keep track of volunteer hours for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
- 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 alternative energy sources using various digital and print resources. Students were more engaged due to implementation of the Guided Inquiry Research Model.
- Built upon Hour of Code lessons after attending a Region XX coding workshop presented by Susan Reeves. I frequently opened the library for code exploration. I used lessons from code.org to create a two-week coding class for 5th grade students. Students use iPads, Chomebooks and desktop computers to participate in coding throughout the year.