Learning Commons Lowdown

DOUBLE ISSUE! November & December 2015

Wrapping Up the 2015 Fall Semester

November & December were busy months @the Learning Commons!

See below for highlights, and what's in store for Spring 2016!

Instruction & Activities in November & December:

WWII/Holocaust Project (8th Gr. ELAR Collaboration):



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!

Your Tex Hill student has 24/7 access to THOUSANDS of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for all kinds of devices, all via their student ID #!


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 #).


Click here to learn more about using OverDrive.


Parent accounts can be requested from campus librarians during the school year.

Idea Lab Request: Skinny Cardboard, Old Tech & Plastic Cup Lids!

The LC's Idea Lab is gearing up for some crazy-fun activities starting in January, such as...


  • 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  • Any old/outdated or broken "tech" = cell phones, laptops, phones, keyboards, anything battery-operated or electronic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!
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Help the Idea Lab get littleBits Kits for Inventive, Hands-on Learning for ALL!

The Idea Lab has a DonorsChoose.org project in need of funding!


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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