LEE HS Library

December 2020

LEE High School Library & Hybrid Instruction

Welcome to the December newsletter! Please read to learn more about the programming and resources offered by the LEE Library during the last month of 2020. Highlights include:

  1. Book checkout for in-person students.
  2. Collaboration to support students honing their media literacy skills.
  3. Reading promotions for in-person and virtual students.
  4. Library databases and web resources designed to assist teachers as they support a variety of learners.

Book Checkout is Here!

While it may look a little different than in years past, the LEE Library has devised a solution to get books in the hands of any in-person student who wishes to checkout using the online catalog.

  • To access Destiny Discover (the online catalog ), students need to login to Launchpad, select the "Library Resources" folder, and then select "Catalog/Destiny." Once the catalog is open, students may search by title/author.
  • Not sure what to checkout? Students may browse "Recently Added Books" or "Popular Titles."
  • Once a student has selected a book and placed a hold, checkout is available each morning before the first period of the day in front of the LEE Library's main entrance. Any student who needs additional help with the process is encouraged to stop by the library's main entrance during the checkout time to arrange for assistance.

Virtual Instruction Collaboration Highlights

"Think Like a Fact Checker": The LEE Librarian, Ms. McDevitt, collaborated with Ms. Moore, ISA Digital Media Teacher to bring Media Literacy skills to her students. The lesson focused on how to effectively evaluate sources using lateral reading. To engage students, Ms. McDevitt and Ms. Moore used the "Think Like a Fact Checker" module which was developed by three NEISD Librarians (Teresa Diaz/Tex Hill Middle School, Michelle Lewis/Krueger Middle School, Rachel McDevitt/LEE High School).

World News Digest: Ms. Moore encouraged her students to use World News Digest, a current events database that is a new addition to NEISD's menu of research options. Ms. Moore especially wanted her students to notice this database's curated social media posts around news events. Students can evaluate these posts as they hone their source evaluation skills.

Electronic Resource Highlights for Students

Hour of Code 2020

Hour of Code: The LEE Library encouraged students to participate in Hour of Code virtually this year.

  • Electronic resources (eBooks and Audiobooks) about coding are available on OverDrive and were highlighted in a book promotion the week of December 7-13.
  • In addition, math, science, CTE, and STEM teachers were encouraged to take advantage of NEISD Library Services Hour of Code webpage with numerous links to resources.
  • Teachers interested in providing more coding opportunities for students throughout the year may utilize the resources on the Girls Who Code website. Under the "programs" tab, code at home activities are available. Connect with their resources by clicking this link.

Reading Promotion for In-Person & Virtual Students

Reminder: Texas Great Read is Available Through January 16, 2021

2020 Texas Great Read: Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai The Texas State Library and Archives Commission announced its 2020 Texas Great Read selection in November. Beginning on November 16, 2020 and running through January 16, 2021, students (and adults) may access an eBook version of the novel by going to the Texas Great Read webpage. In addition to the text, there are also other resources for teachers and readers!

Curriculum Support for Teachers

Simultaneous Use - Virtual Resources for Teachers

Teachers looking for informational texts (nonfiction) that can be used simultaneously (unlimited learners at the same time) are encouraged to consider the following resources:

TweenTribune: This site, developed and sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, is a rich source of news articles that are:

  • Available in four different lexile levels.
  • Categorized by age group for maximum interest
  • Available in Spanish.

From its website FAQs, TweenTribune describes itself as:

"…a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. TTribune also includes lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities for the registered users to communicate with other participants. TTribune is a moderated comment sharing community where registered Teachers can assign educational content (like news stories) to students and the students using a screen name have the ability to create comments which, if approved by their Teacher, are then published either to the other students within the Teacher’s TTribune classroom page, or publicly on TTribune."

Look for TweenTribune by using this link. By creating a free teacher account, educators have access to a dashboard which enables them to set up classes, send out reading assignments to their learners, and (as mentioned in the description above), engage students in a comment-based discussion. Ask the LEE librarian for more information or for a quick demonstration!

Follow Up: Native American Heritage Month (Photography Resources)

Native American Heritage Month (November): While Native American Heritage Month has officially concluded, 24/7 access to important Bureau of Indian Affairs photography resources is now available to anyone with internet access. The National Archives has now made it possible to search over 18,000 digitized images from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Photographs may be explored by the Tribal Nation, state, or topic. Use this link to explore this vast collection of historic images.

New Library Equipment for Students & Staff

Searching just got a whole lot easier with the installation our new Destiny Discover Kiosk. In December, Luis Orozco, LEE High School Campus Technician, reimaged our eBook kiosk to provide more opportunities for students and staff to independently search for books in our electronic catalog. We are thrilled to have this equipment ready to use for our patrons.

OverDrive eBook & Audiobook Circulation

The LEE Library continues to see a huge increase in eBook and Audiobook checkouts (based on the same time periods in the 2019-20 School Year). A huge thank you to all LEE and ISA teachers who promote the library's electronic collection!

OverDrive Checkouts (eBook and Audiobook combined)

December 1 - December 31, 2020: 36

Coming in January:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Holocaust Remembrance Week
  • Podcast Spotlight

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