LEE High School Library

August 2020

LEE High School Library & Virtual Learning

Welcome to the first newsletter for the 2020-21 school year! Thank you for taking the time to catch up with the LEE High School Library. In this newsletter you will learn more about the following:

  1. What happens in the LEE High School Library during virtual learning?
  2. How does the LEE High School librarian, Ms. McDevitt, partner with teachers virtually to support distance learning?
  3. How are the library's robust electronic resources utilized to enhance instruction, facilitate student learning, and provide opportunities for choice reading?

LEE High School Technology Distribution

When NEISD moved learning virtually for all students last spring, the LEE High School Library became a center for campus technology distribution. LEE High School administrators have worked tirelessly over many months to ensure that each student in need would be able to check out a device to use at home. The LEE Library has the physical space to organize, charge, and ready devices for distribution.

Professional Development for Virtual Instruction

Once NEISD announced that teachers would be using Zoom to deliver synchronous instruction, Ms. McDevitt created professional development sessions to acquaint teachers with the platform. Zoom training for beginners was offered to meet the needs of LEE High School's new teachers and veteran teachers who were less familiar with its features. To make teachers aware of Zoom's advanced features, Ms. McDevitt developed a training that introduced collaborative and engagement features such as breakout rooms, annotation, and polling.

Virtual Learning Collaborative Highlights

Virtual Office Hours for LEE & ISA Students

Ms. McDevitt, LEE HS librarian, is now hosting virtual office hours each week for LEE & ISA students. The office hours offer students a direct connection with Ms. McDevitt who can answer questions about anything library-related. Interested LEE & ISA students may find more information on the LEE Library's website (details about how to join the Zoom office hours).

Promoting NEISD eBooks & audiobooks

NEISD has an incredible collection of eBooks and audiobooks. Available twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week via the OverDrive or Sora apps on Launchpad, there is an enormous variety of titles to choose from. Virtual learning provides the LEE Library with an unprecedented opportunity to share these resources with students who may have never tried an eBook or an audiobook in the past. Ms. McDevitt's goal is to enable all LEE students to checkout an eBook or an audiobook.

Promoting Reading Around the Campus

While in-person checkouts are currently on hold, there was one checkout at the beginning of the school year. Assistant Principal, Mr. Williams, connected with a book new to the LEE Library called Factory Man by Beth Macy. This book, about the Bassett Furniture Company and its owner, is of deep personal significance for Mr. Williams as he grew up not far from the town of Bassett, Virginia where the company is located. Mr. Williams' appreciation for this book is a reminder of how books can connect readers with previously unknown aspects of their history and heritage.

Career & Technical Education Electronic Resources

The LEE Library's website now features a link to a new NEISD Library Services' webpage that houses electronic resources for Career and Technical Education teachers. The link can be found by selecting the "Staff Resources" tab and navigating to the heading "Career and Technical Education Resources."
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New Launchpad Database: World News Digest

More curriculum tools have been added to Launchpad for teachers and students. NEISD Library Services has added an additional database to support teachers as they explore historical and current events with their students. World News Digest, produced by Infobase, is accessible now in Launchpad. More training opportunities to come for interested teachers!