Learning Commons Lowdown
DOUBLE ISSUE! November & December 2015
Wrapping Up the 2015 Fall Semester
See below for highlights, and what's in store for Spring 2016!
Instruction & Activities in November & December:
- Students developed their own research questions using the QFT Method
- Explored online modules to build background knowledge
- Cultivated their search skills via the Question to Query Activity
- Learned how to evaluate sources using the C.R.A.A.P. Test
- Conducted research using the LC's Digital Resources
MONSTER Book Fair
During the week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, students visited the Monster-themed book fair with their reading classes, and got lots of great reads!
Hour of Code - ALL WEEK in the LC!
The LC hosted a schoolwide Week of Code through Science classes from Dec. 7 - 11.
Hour of Code is a globally recognized event where students learn about coding and computer programming via fun, interactive online game-based tutorials.
Resource Spotlight: OverDrive - FREE Downloadable eBooks & Audiobooks, 24/7!
NEISD Libraries' OverDrive Collection is a great place to browse for a great new digital read!
Click here to access OverDrive
(students log in with their 7-digit ID #).
Parent accounts can be requested from campus librarians during the school year.
Idea Lab Request: Skinny Cardboard, Old Tech & Plastic Cup Lids!
- Take-Apart Tech Station
- Tiger Cardboard Challenge
- Upcycling crafts
If you have any of these kinds of items in your recycle bin or donation pile, send them into the LC as creative fodder for Idea Lab activities:
- "Skinny" cardboard (pasta/cereal boxes, etc.)
- regular corrugated cardboard (including coffee cup sleeves!)
- Any old/outdated or broken "tech" = cell phones, laptops, phones, keyboards, anything battery-operated or electronic
- Plastic coffee cup lids...if you go to Starbucks, save those lids!
Help the Idea Lab get littleBits Kits for Inventive, Hands-on Learning for ALL!
We are trying to raise $ to purchase 3 littleBits kits to explore the world of inventing through simple circuits.
The littleBits kits will allow the Idea Lab program to offer more hands-on creation experiences for our students who love technology and using their hands.
Through using littleBits in simple task-oriented makerspace stations, students will become inventors without realizing it, using problem-solving, trial-and-error and collaboration seamlessly in an interactive, fun way.
Please share our project link with the Tex Hill Community!
The project is open until April 9, 2016!
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