Friday Focus

NEISD Library Services

Week of September 21 - 25, 2015

In this Friday Focus:

  • Professional Development Opportunities (Reposted)
  • Update on Smore Accounts
  • Teacher & Librarian Reimbursement Program
  • Collaborative SA Makerspaces for Education
  • Sketchup Pro 3D Software for Library Printers
  • iPad Update - Very important information
  • Free eBooks - Unite for Literacy (ES)
  • Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip (MS & HS)
  • Reminders & Updates

Click below to see author, PJ Hoover's message to Lopez MS students (unblock Lightspeed to view)

Middle School Librarians PD - Sept. 21 - Bradley MS

MS librarians crowdsourcing an "elevator speech" about Makerspaces


Click on the link below to see the full details of Fall PD Offerings

Update on Smore Accounts

Very soon you should receive an email invitation to join our organizational account. If you do not already have a free or paid account, please go to and sign up. This must be done before you can join the organization and have full benefits to Smore.

Benefits include unlimited Smore flyers and custom backgrounds. You will love it!

Teacher and Librarian Reimbursement Program

Have you bought supplies for your classroom this school year? North East ISD offers the Teacher and Librarian Reimbursement Program to help offset these expenses. Only employees with a teacher or librarian PEIMS code are eligible for a reimbursement on items purchased between July 1, 2015 and June 2, 2016. District funds will reimburse classroom teachers and librarians for supplies purchased from the employee’s personal funds and used in the classroom/library. The maximum reimbursement is $75 per teacher/librarian, and these funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Reimbursement requests can be submitted through the NEISD Employee Portal Intranet page ( under “My Applications.” Receipts dated between July 1, 2015 and June 2, 2016 must be submitted with a reimbursement request. Requests will be accepted until all funds are disbursed or by June 3, 2016 – whichever comes first.

Please review the complete procedures on how to submit reimbursement requests at


Ken Karp / Omni-Photo Communications, Inc. / Universal Images Group

Rights Managed / For Educational Use Only


Collaborative SA Makerspaces for Education Google Site

Librarian Appraisal Role: Campus Leader - Professional Skills & Knowledge

DIIP Goal 7-4 Increase effectiveness of campus library programs through instruction and technology integration

SA Makerspaces for Education is a collaborative space for San Antonio area educators and students created and curated by Joe Tedesco. The Google site contains a wealth of resources and tutorials, so please become a member and begin taking and sharing!


SketchUp Pro 3D Software for Library Printers

Our Tech Services has enough licenses for SketchUp Pro 3D software to cover each library system. There are no Mac licenses, only Windows.

Important Note: This software will not work on older laptops (HP 6910 or 6930).

The librarian will need to submit a Help Desk ticket and Cc Kim Green.

Choose Main Category: Software Center > Sub Category: Approved licensed software installation > Title: Sketchup Pro 3D > Version: 2015. Also, include the computer name and model number for verification of compatibility.

There is a nice introductory guide to SketchUp Pro in the classroom available here. The first activity included in it is for students to design a chair (shown to the right), which is a wonderful start. There is also an excellent Quick Reference Card available as well. Learn more about how to use this amazing and powerful software in a free-to-anyone webinar on Sept. 29.


iPad Updates - Very important information!

A new Self Service app is being pushed out to all iPads. The Self Service app is necessary to receive the suite of paid apps from Library Services, as well as any campus paid apps. When notified to "Install," do NOT cancel.

There have also been reports of missing apps, caused by iPads losing the Apple ID and password.

Review this Google doc for critical information regarding iPad registration and updates.


Free eBooks through Unite for Literacy (ES)

Librarian Appraisal Role: Teacher - Promotes Reading (variety of formats)

Unite for Literacy provides free, original non-fiction eBooks to support beginning readers. These books feature a read aloud component and are available in multiple languages.


Manufacture Your Future - Discovery Education Virtual Field Trip (MS/HS)

Live from Alcoa Power and Propulsion

Whitehall, MI

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM CST

Register here.

Inspire your students to pursue their STEM-based passions by introducing them to the exciting world of possibilities in advanced manufacturing! Join Discovery Education and Alcoa in celebrating Manufacturing Day with a LIVE Virtual Field Trip on October 2 from Alcoa Power and Propulsion in Whitehall, Michigan. Students will be transported inside one of the most sophisticated manufacturing facilities in the world to meet the people who are responsible for creating parts that are in every airplane in the air today.

Join us and meet:

  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker as she's interviewed by a student about the importance of the manufacturing industry to our economy, and the vital need to build a strong, highly-skilled workforce

  • A manager of advanced technology who uses high-tech robotics to maintain the highest-quality aluminum components

  • A project engineer who researches and develops new technologies for the aerospace industry, including 3-D printing

  • A manufacturing engineer who turned his interest in how things work into a rewarding career with Alcoa

The Manufacture Your Future LIVE Virtual Field Trip will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the dynamic, innovative world of advanced manufacturing careers in an engaging and interactive format. Mike Pepper, President of Alcoa Power and Propulsion, will be with us to answer questions submitted by students.

Submit your questions to be answered during the LIVE event.

Prepare for the Virtual Field Trip with these Manufacture Your Future resources.


Reminders & Updates

Update Library News: Action Required by October 1, 2015

Librarian Appraisal Role: Program Administrator - Advocacy & Outreach

It is time to update your Library News box on the Welcome Page. Be sure to remove any past events and update with current and upcoming events.


EdCamp San Antonio (all levels)

Saturday, September 26, 2015 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Churchill HS