Jennifer Garcia

LRC Coordinator and ICT Teacher
  1. is a member of both the LRC and ICT Departments.
  2. supports teaching and learning across subjects through digital initiatives and KS3 ICT and Creative Carrousels.
  3. coordinates the Learning Resources Centre.
  4. is a Google Certified Teacher.
  5. is an active member of ISTE.

Rodrigo Alfaro

Digital Media Specialist and ICT Teacher
  1. is the school Digital Media Specialist.
  2. is a member of both the LRC, ICT Departments/Committee.
  3. teaches KS3 creative carrousel, 6th ICT and 11th grade Film Studies
  4. supports staff and students in the planning and production of digital media projects and offers general ICT support.
  5. teaches animation and creative drawing lessons through the extracurricular ABC Animation Club (Fall 2012-Spring 2013), The Timed Drawing Club (Fall 2012)

Yensi Vides

  1. is the president of ABES for 2012.
  2. is an active member of IFLA, ABES and ALA library associations.
  3. works with circulation, book processing, orders,special events as well as supervision of students.

Hilda Gomez

Assistant Librarian

  1. is a qualified teacher.
  2. works with circulation, book processing, subscriptions, display and special events as well as supervision of students.
  3. is a member of IFLA,ABES and ALA library associations.

Ivette Moreno

Assistant Librarian
  1. is our new library assistant.
  2. works with display, shelves and special events, book processing, and aids with circulation, and student supervision.

Professional Development

PD Offered by the LRC

  1. PD has been by request and through proposed project work, often at an individual level. Much of our PD initiative this year have included work with video and work with iPad and other mobile apps with the English and Maths departments. We have also worked closely with the Science department on one of our Open Sim regions.
  2. As a part of the San Vicente Teacher Project the LRC has hosted 4 large scale Saturday ICT/LRC PD events. The event was arranged by the LRC coordinator in conjunction with the LRC Librarian. The majority of sessions were lead by the Jennifer Garcia-LRC Coordinator, with several sessions being lead and/or supported by Rodrigo Alfaro and Silvia Serrano-ICT Teachers,Yensi Vides and Hilda Gomez-LRC Staff members and Shari Nixon-English teacher. These sessions took place as follows:
  • Saturday October 13th-Digital Citizenship and Communication, Collaboration and Google Apps
  • Saturday November 10th-Investigating and Managing Information, Creativity and Innovation with Digital Stories and Interactive Reading.
  • Saturday March 16th-Creativity and Inovation incorporating Audio and Video
  • Saturday May 25th-Incorporating Audio, Planning Digital Classes, Collaboration-Linking up with the World, Scratch Programming and Lego Robotics.

PD and Activities-LRC Staff

Jennifer Garcia:

  1. attended ISTE during June of 2012 and will attend June 2013, in both cases as an attendee and presenter.
  2. co-presented at the Global Education online Conference with Silvia Serrano and Rodrigo Alfaro
  3. engages in continuous professional development through online resources, webinars and networks.
  4. received Google Trainer Training
  5. participates in self guided learning through personal learning networks, Nings Associations and online teaching communities.
  6. worked with English, Science, Humanities and Maths on developing tech integrated learning activities for their curriculum.
  7. authors the ABC LRC and Learning at the LRC blogs.
  8. Authors and manages the ABCICT, Learning Resources Centre, ABC Inset and ABC Web Fluency websites.
  9. Manages and authors the LRC Flickr, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook

Hilda Gomez:

  1. participated in the ABES conference during National Library Week.“ Avanzando Juntos hacia la Transformación Digital”.
  2. attended a Discussion Forum on libraries as innovators in promoting reading, El Salvador.
  3. is working on a website with the Fundación Goethe-Institut Mexiko.
  4. took an online course WEB 2.0 PARA BIBLIOTECAS, Colombia.
  5. participated in three International Storytelling Networkprojects through the Stories to Change the World Project, organized by the International Storytelling_ on June 21st.
  6. taught teachers from San Vicente how to create Digital Books.
  7. taught librarians and teacher about Libraries and Recycling: Centro Cultural de España en El Salvador.
  8. participated in the first National Storytelling Marathon in the National Library of El Salvador.
  9. attended the workshop Cuentos de Tradición Oral.
  10. Read the story "The letter of Mother Earth"during the first book week in Primary.
  11. Supported all of the San Vicente Project sessions
  12. support ABES workshops.
  13. delivered donation destined for the Santa Tecla Children's Libraryon behalf of the LRC.
  14. continues working on my professional blog
  15. writes for an online library journal, The Organisation of Ibero-American States (OEI) Network, on a regular basis.
  16. is a Member of Club Salvadoran writers of Children’s Literature.
  17. coordinated the Cuentos para Cipotes de Salarrué activity with 6 grades at the LRC.
  18. participated in the activity, Merry Christmas, Stories and Poetry.
  19. contributed to the Spanish Department activity "Los Poetas del fuego" .
  20. is a member of Network Red LEE Central America and the Caribbean.
  21. sits on the Board of the Library Association of El Salvador ABES as Assistant Secretary.

Yensi Vides:

  1. participated in "Libros digitales y accesibilidad” Rosa Seguí - Universidad de Barcelona.
  2. participated in “Servicios Innovativos para Bibliotecas Utilizando Nuevas Tecnologías Digitales” Ponente: Álvaro Sanabria, Director de Colecciones Generales, San Francisco public Library, USA.
  3. Organised “Alianzas Estratégicas” Helen Guardado de Del Cid. RENIDS.
  4. participated in "Libros electrónicos y otros servicios móviles en Bibliotecas“Ponente: Elenita Tapawan, Oficial Regional de Información para México y C.A., Depto. de Estado EEUU.
  5. participated in “Google Apps para Bibliotecas” by Jennifer García.
  6. organised “Edición de videos para promocionar Bibliotecas” by Rodrigo alfaro.
  7. organised “Las Bibliotecas y los Retos de los multirecursos” Por: Licda. Aracely de Hernández Directora de la biblioteca de la Universidad Tecnologica.
  8. participated in“Investigación y Educación Superior” por Maestra Ana María Glower de Alvarado, Vicerrectora Académica UES.
  9. organised “El Rol del Organismo Salvadoreño de Normalización y su vínculo con las Bibliotecas” Organismo Salvadoreño de Normalización Por Ing. Yanira Colindres.
  10. organised “Alfabetización Informacional ALFIN Asociación Nicaragüense de Bibliotecarios y Profesionales Afines (ANIBIPA) Por Licda. Rut Velia Gómez.
  11. organised “El Programa Fortalecimiento de la Información para la Investigación (PERii) Por Licda. Rut Velia Gómez de Asociación Nicaragüense de Bibliotecarios y Profesionales Afines (ANIBIPA).
  12. organised “Como publicar un E-Book” Maestro Carlos Colindres. Centro de Recursos Informativos de la Embajada Americana.
  13. organised and participated in the la XXIV Semana Cultural del Biblitocario Salvadoreño 2013 "Avanzando Juntos hacia la Transformación Digital".
  14. organised ABES Saturday Workshops.
  15. supported the San Vicente Project during the 4 Saturday workshops.
  16. supported lectura Facil ABES y Lectura Fácil en El Salvador project.
  17. supported Casero del Libro in Mercado San Miguelito projecy.
  18. co-organised Book Week in LRC.
  19. contributed to the Spanish Department Poetry Week activity "Los poetas del fuego"
  20. participates in the IFLA group in El Salvador.
  21. is the President of ABES for a fourth year.
  22. reactivated communication witn the Central American presidents of associations -FECEAB.

Rodrigo Alfaro:

  1. Co-presented "A Better World Project" at the Global Education online Conference with Silvia Serrano and Jennifer Garcia.
  2. Worked with Primary ICT Teachers and staff to assist and train in the production of videos.
  3. Compiled resources and tutorials for teachers interested in improving their media production.
  4. Assisted Estefanía Chacón with the ABC Mascot Project, and the ABC logo.
  5. Taught teachers from San Vicente the use of iPad animation software, video and audio editing software, basic programming software (with a demo on Robotics) as well as assisting Jennifer Garcia, Hilda Gomez and Ivette Moreno with support for practical lessons.
  6. Supported teachers from the ABES workshops.

Ivette Moreno:

Participated in the ABES cultural week workshop on:
  • libraries and the challenges of the multi-sourcing.
  • resource that helps the improvement of job performance in the library.
  • Connecting with the World.
  • Creating a Blog.
  • Working with audio.


  1. The LRC received several 12 New iPads this past August which have been in constant use for audio video work during carrousels, digital storytelling and research work. They will become one of the main tools for the upcoming 6th grade during sy13-14 and are written into the schemes as work as such.
  2. The LRC receieved new tripods, iPad tripod fittings, lighting kits, headsets and other AV equipment this year. Some of these items were replacements while others were purchased to complete sets or adapt to the changing needs of digital work in the LRC.
  3. New imacs were not purchased this school year and are needed for sy2012/13 in order to effectively implement the planned ICT teaching room whilst providing the best service to teachers and students booking in to the LRC for class work.All original iMacs have received updated RAM memory and are functioning well even though they are 5 years old. They cannot be updated to the newest operating systems and this is and will continue to be cause for concern as they will not run some of the new programs or newer versions.
  4. Noise is a continuous problem in the LRC. Classes cannot be run back to back in seminar rooms for this reason, while staff and students find it difficult to study and read in the facility.
  5. The "Studio" area at the back of the LRC is now the accepted place for students to work on digital video.Video work is seriously affected by the noise levels, as a result the majority of the several hundreds of videos produced here each SY are of poor sound quality. We are looking into the use of dividers and banners in the central area to help reduce noise issues and there are plans in place to revamp Large A and B into an ICT teaching room and to enclose the front of the Studio area with a glass wall.
  6. Teaching spaces are often taken up by one or two auditors or by administrative teams in meetings or performing administrative duties. This results in teachers and students being turned away from an area that was developed with for educational uses. This is not acceptable practise and alternative arrangements should be made for administrative tasks in future.

Curriculum changes

  1. Poraora virutal world ran for the second year in 6th grade for work with internet safety and working in virtual worlds.
  2. The creative carrousel continued to run this year, with a change for 8th grade in the second half. Recommended students or those interested in ICT were enrolled in the Scratch Programming and Lego Robotics Classes which ran until the end of the school year and received and academic grade.
  3. Minecraft was introduced to 7th grade during SY12-13 as part of ICT lessons. Students designed and created fortresses and castles in teams and then put them to the task. This activity was based on the work they had done in 6th Humanities on this topic.
  4. Digital Portfolio work has become more prominent and is now supported by other departments. The upcoming 6th grade will use their blogs instead of wikis to house their portfolios.
  5. Reaction Grid has been replaced by Jokaydia Grid and used briefly(for lack of time) by 7th grade for the 7th grade unit on building in 3D virtual worlds. It has also been used by the ABC Pandora Club and 8th grade Science to to classify alien forms of life.
  6. EBooks have been introduced to 6th,7th and 8th grades. 6th worked on creating books, with Book Creator on the iPads, which focus on their 6th grade experiences. 7th Grade created Poetry eBooks on iBooks Author using the iMacs, a program which 8th grade utilised to create WW2 Books.
  7. Evernote was introduced to 8th grade as a virtual notebook for research projects.
  8. EasyBib was introduced to KS3 as a tool for generating bibliographies using school Google Apps accounts.
  9. iPads have been introduced to KS3 throughout ICT and Creative Carrousel lessons and are used for a wide variety of purposes by students.

Technology, Cross Curricular and Global Awareness

  1. Cross curricular initiatives have grown between the LRC, Spanish Humanities, Science and English.
  2. Students are more open to trying out new tools and developing their skills. and have well established edtech toolkits.
  3. Global Awareness has been worked into Life Skills and ICT lessons, through collaborative work with other schools, research on current events and global issues and collaborative work within the school.


Main Events
__6th Grade Induction__
Theatre Week (__Theatre Week LOL__)
__Banned Books Week__
__El Salvador Week__
__Peace One Day__ (__Peace One LOL__)
__Children's Day__
__Internet Safety Week__
__Book Week__
__Brain Week__
__Earth Week__
__Poetry Week__ (__Poetry Week LOL__)
The first __ABC Scratch Day__ .
Digital Video Awards



Action Plans

Action Plan 2012-13
Action Plan 2013-14

LRC clubs

The Animation Club
The Olympic Video Club
The ABC Pandora
The Robotics Club

Local Initiatives

  1. The Santa Tecla Children’s Library-book donation
  2. ABES training
  3. Local teacher training in EdTech (San Vicente)


  1. Orders: The LRC has placed 3 large Book orders this school year, with a focus on fiction, non fiction, reference and audiobooks.The collection has grown significantly and will have grown to include 1602 new book titles by August 2013.
  2. Subscriptions: The LRC has expanded the subscription to print and digital magazines this school year. These numbers will rise significantly for August 2013.

Final Reports


Book Loans

10 Most Popular Books (based on loans)

Yearly Loans by Grade and Deptartment

Student Visits-LRC Passes

August- June 14th total: 5693.