LEE HS Library

November 2021

LEE HS Library 2021-22 School Year

Welcome to the November newsletter! The LEE Library had a busy month as we welcomed classes for book checkout and numerous inquiry lessons. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to say a huge thank you to the teachers that partner with the LEE Library to ensure that library resources are made accessible to ALL students. Teachers please take a look at professional development opportunities coming in December.

LEE Library Hours:

M, W, TH, F: 8:10 AM - 4:40 PM

Tuesday: 8:10 AM - 4:30 PM

Highlights in this newsletter include:

  1. Instructional collaboration in November
  2. Reading promotions: resources for students and teachers
  3. Hour of Code: resources for students and teachers
  4. Professional development: opportunities for teachers at the beginning of December

Library Instruction Highlights

Reading Promotions & Resources for Students

Native American Heritage Month

Great reads to celebrate Native American Heritage Month: The LEE Library promotes books to celebrate Native American Heritage Month during November. Nonfiction titles have been selected to bring attention to Native American heritage and history. Fiction selections have been curated to highlight the contributions of Native American YA writers. Please stop by to see what we have available! We welcome suggestions and requests.

Hour of Code: Coming December 6-12

Hour of Code is almost here! All students, regardless of their familiarity with computer science and coding, are encouraged to take part. To encourage accessibility and participation, the LEE Library has resources available to connect students with opportunities to try coding for the first time or engage in more advanced coding experiences:

  • Coding activities (beginner to advanced are welcome) in the LEE Library after school Tuesday 12/7.
  • Nonfiction books are available for checkout for those who want to learn more about the history and how-to's of coding.

Curriculum & Instruction Support for Teachers

Hour of Code: Educator Resources

Hour of Code: December 6-12 (Computer Science Education Week)

What is the Hour of Code? From the Hour of Code website:

"The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify 'code,' to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide."

Hour of Code Resources (lesson plans, activities, and educator resources):

Hour of Code

NEISD Library Services Hour of Code Resources

Wakelet with links to Coding and Computer Science Activities

Professional Development Opportunities in December


All teachers at LEE & ISA have access to EdPuzzle Pro! LEE Librarian Rachel McDevitt and Science Dean Megan Castro will co-facilitate an Edpuzzle teacher training (eligible for teacher choice) on Wednesday, December 1. The training will show teachers how to take advantage of new Edpuzzle features to enhance their instruction and increase engagement. Register now in STRIVE

BrainPOP Connect: Coding Beyond the Hour of Code

BrainPOP is available to all LEE & ISA teachers and their students via Launchpad.

About the pre-Computer Science Education Week event from BrainPOP:

"Level up your instruction with BrainPOP's Creative Coding tool - developed in partnership with Scratch and Vidcode, you'll walk away knowing how to seamlessly introduce coding, no matter what you're covering in class. Join us for one or both sessions - Content-Based Coding: Beginners or Content-Based Coding: Advanced."

This FREE virtual event takes place Thursday, December 2 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM CT.

Use this link to register

Podcast Lowdown

Podcasts Spark Interest

Podcasts can be way to connect students with their interests or new skills: Not sure how to interest students in coding? Especially students who are often not considered for future careers in computer science? Listen to this short (7 minutes) podcast about how Girls Who Code transformed how they made their curriculum and tools available virtually to some of the hardest to reach students.

Listen to MarketPlace

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OverDrive eBook & Audiobook Circulation

The LEE Library thanks all LEE and ISA teachers who promote the library's electronic collection!

OverDrive Checkouts (eBook and Audiobook combined)

October 29 - November 30, 2021: 27

Coming in December:

  • Hour of Code
  • BrainPOP & EdPuzzle Professional Development
  • Media Literacy Resources for Educators and Students

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