LRC 14 - 15

StaffingThe LRC Librarian Yensi Vides and ICT Teacher/Digital Media Specialist Rodrigo Alfaro resigned in November.

New Staff
Mr. Raul Martinez was hired as an ICT Teacher in December, for January. He has a strong background in robotics, electronics and Science. This coupled with enthusiasm, has made him a vital member of the ICT and LRC teams, and has aided immensely in the development of new ICT/LRC initiatives, such as project based units, maker spaces, robotics, control and electronics.

Miss Eugenia Rivas was hired in February as a Library Assistant. She is an enthusiastic member of the team and has taken on the role very successfully.

Continuing Staff
Hilda Gomez continues as LRC Librarian.
Jennifer Garcia continues as the LRC Coordinator as well as a KS3 ICT Teacher.

Professional Development

Jennifer GarciaPresentations Given

Training Received

Staff Professional Development Given
  • Met with Science to demonstrate MakeyMakey, Picoboard, Scratch, Arduino
  • Google Sites-French Dept once a week
  • Google Classroom Sign Up
  • Forms and Flubaroo Sign Up
  • Forms and Flubaroo- French
  • Doctopus Sign UP
  • Informal drop-in sessions throughout the year
  • Did you know? Google Tools I never knew...
  • An introduction to a collection of little known and very useful tools available to you through your ABC Google Apps accounts. Two small sessions in June.
      • Tasks
      • Gmail
      • Docs-Research
      • Comment and Suggest

Major Events
  • DVA 2015 Preparation
  • Brain Week Preparation

Rodrigo Alfaro

Raúl Martínez
Professional Development
  • Received training from ICT teachers to develop the KS3 ICT curriculum
  • Research and experimentation with: MakeyMakey, Picoboard, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Lego Mindstorms EV3
  • Developing the maker space stations
  • Rhino Para Fabricacion 3D (June 11th)

Staff Professional Development Given
  • Met with Science to demonstrate MakeyMakey, Picoboard, Scratch, Arduino

  • Brain Week Development
  • DVA 2015 Preparations

Hilda Gomez
Professional Development and Activities:
Presentations Given
  • “Apps to create eBooks”__. Embassy of the Alliance Françaisein El Salvador.
  • Presented the workshop "Books of the New Era" at Mediateca de la Embajada de España.
  • Presentation on the use of the LRC to 5th grades Super readers.
Training Received
  • Organization of American States Scholarship award for the online course entitled: “Curso de Experto Universitario en Animación a la Lectura 2.0”
  • Conference Information Center Web Development. El Salvador's National Library.
  • Design of Information for Libraries-Monica Herrera School.
  • Conference: The Importance of Knowledge and Culture Centers. Jose Simeon Canas University.
  • History of the coin-Library of the Central Reserve Bank.

Staff Professional Development/Liaison
  • Met with Spanish Department together for Poetry Week.

Clubs and Events

Eugenia Rivas
Professional Development and Activities:
  • Received Follet and Glifos training
  • Book processing and stack maintenance
  • Cataloging
  • Visit to the New Cuscatlan Children's Library
  • attended the following conferences:
    • Experiences of European Libraries- Jose Simeon Cañas University.
    • Experiences of Easy reading in El Salvador- Francisco Gavidia University.
    • The Challenges of Librarians in El Salvador" at the French Alliance.
    • Education on the Role of the Information Professional- Francisco Gavidia University Auditorium.

Completed Activities
  • Prepared and ran Brain Week activities
  • Prepared displays for Water, Earth and Easter Weeks.
  • DVA 2015 Preparations

Curriculum developments and Horizontal links

  • Cross curricular projects throughout the year in KS3 between ICT and departments:
  • Humanities
    • Grade 6
      • World Heritage Project (Humanities, ICT) June 2015
      • Tsunami Project(WeVideo and Sound Recorder)
    • Grade 7
      • Educational video on Brazil June 2015
    • Grade 8 Grade
      • Coffee Project(spreadsheets)
  • Science

    • Grade 8
      • Science-Classification in Jokaydia Grid
  • English
    • Grade 8
      • Room as a Character's Mind SketchUp Model

  • Primary/KS3 Liaison
    • Scratch Day Learning Game Testing: Prepa/1st and 7th grade
    • Met 6 times with Will Fastiggi and 2 with ICT Teachers
      • Vertical curriculum
      • ICT Events
      • Assessment

  • IBL/PBL rewritten into the ICT Curriculum

  • Maker Space: Making is being added as a main teaching method to the 8th grade Creative Carousel and will become part and parcel of other units for sy15/16.

What is New?
  • The new recording studio is set up and functioning with green screens, boom mics, mixer and an animation station wall.
  • Wireless mics have been purchased and will be used in this same area for video work.
  • The LRC has 6 B+ Raspberry Pi stations and 2 B Raspberry Pi stations set up. Students can book out the needed accessories to use the. They will be used in the 8th grade programming carrousel in June, then launched for all in August.
  • The LRC has purchased sets of MakeyMakeys and PicoBoards and arduinos which were used in the 8th Grade final Carousel.
  • The Maker Club met most Wednesdays in the ICT Lab to work on small projects. They began work on a 3D printer.
  • Training is complete for staff on the new Follett Destiny library system. The system is up and running properly and students will be trained in August/Sept on how to create accounts, customise their experiences and access e-Books
  • A small collection of ebooks was purchases and incorporated into the library system successfully.
  • A small collection of digital magazines subscriptions were purchased and will be integrated into the library system
  • Maker Space Development-The LRC is designating the area in front of the ICT Lab as the new LRC Maker Space. This will house a growing collection of maker kits, a work table and the Maker tables for mobile spaces. Some kits will be in the system and students will be able to check them out to take home with them.
  • Follet Destiny-The system is up and running. The biggest issue to surmount is now an internal one. Student logins need to be sorted out for students to use the social aspects of Destiny and personalise it.
  • 14 new iMacs were purchased for sy14/15.
  • 4 new mini iPads were purchased for sy14/15.

New Tech Resources
  1. 8 Arduino
  2. 8 MakeyMakey
  3. 8 Raspberry Pi’s (6 B+ and 2 B’s
  4. 1 Drone
  5. 8 PicoBoards
  6. 4 Lego Robots
  7. 4 iPads Minis (LRC/ICT)
  8. 12 new iMacs (LRC/ICT)
  9. Maker space development(LRC/ICT)

Extra Curricular

The Maker Club: is run by a small group of 12th graders who meet most Wednesdays to experiment with "making". The are considering building a personal 3D printer as their next challenge. This will grow to become an after school drop in club for all students, once the maker kits are ready to go.

Library Club: This is a smaller version of a maker club, in which students develop activities and projects and take these to local libraries and work with children around Santa Tecla. They will be working with the new Children's Library in Nuevo Cuscatlán as well.

The Robotics Club: Every Thursday students learn how to program, built, test and modify a robot according to one specific problem. Students develop multiple intelligences by practicing this. Teamwork is also a great achievement for students when making robots together.
Drop in ICT Cafe: The ICT Lab is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school for student and staff drop-in.

Department Development Plan, AY 14-15
Some plans were left as incomplete due to staff turnover, however the LRC staff members met most of the departmental targets this school year.

Areas of Success
ICT in the LRC (Jen's PIMs)
  • Review and revamping of CAL 3 units into PBL units which are active and include many opportunities for creativity and collaboration.
  • A wider variety of differentiation has been a part of lessons this year.
  • Wider organic use of iPads in lessons.
  • Android and Scratch Programming lessons worked extremely well this year. The students produced interesting projects, relevant to them through a ProblemBL approach in 7th grade and ProjectBL in 6th. Android programming was also successful and there were plenty of opportunities provided for extension and support in these lessons. The use of the Humanities tablets was pivotal for the success of this unit. In all cases students directed much of their own learning, especially in 6th and 7th.
  • We worked Google Sheets into the curriculum this year as requested by Humanities. This took place at the end of the coffee project. We hope to base many aspects of 8th ICT in sy15/16 on this particular project.

  • Maker Space in the LRC-While we are still building up our library of ideas and collections of tools and materials for this initiative, we have made a space available and are orders are being compiled. We trialled this with the 12th grade club, which was successful, however those student leaders will not be with us next SY. We have piloted a series of maker activities, planned and lead much of the time by Raul Martinez, in 8th grade carrousel in CAL 3. This has given us the opportunities to test our methodology, work with new equipment and technology and explore the various possibilities. Lessons are student driven and paced, there is room for extension as well as support and involves limited direct teaching.
  • iPads have been used a great deal by other department, through direct bookings and involving team teaching. Much of this work involved an oral language focus in English and French and was produced as video work.
  • LRC Staff members continue to seek out and engage in professional development experiences both through their PLNs as well as through Moocs and other online courses, as well as through professional conferences.
  • Drop in and departmental professional development for staff members as well as cross curricular support and projects continue to be strong points of the LRC.
  • ICT teachers in the LRC work hard at every opportunity in and out of lessons, to model, reinforce and extend proper English as well as subject specific and general vocabulary building.
  • The ICT Committee has met very regularly throughout the school year, and will have met a total of 7 times prior to the end of the school year. The action plan is now in place and the committee is working on the ICT Mission and Vision.
  • Primary/Secondary Liaison meetings take place throughout the year, some as drop in/by and others as formally arranged.
  • The LRC Animation, Drop In Cafe (students), and Recilectura have been very successful. The Recilectura club continues to prepare activities which they take to local libraries and schools as part of their outreach program. Animation Club began again in CAL 3 after skipping a CAL due to staffing issues.
  • The small group of e-books that were purchased on pilot from EBSCO are now available through the Follett Destiny System and students will be able to create their own accounts for accessing them along with the TumbleCloud Collection, over the summer holidays. The LRC will remain open most of the summer for checking out and returning books as well.
  • The Video Studio has been an outstanding addition to the LRC, enabling video and animation work to take place in a dedicated, well equipped space with lesser audio issues than exist when using the main LRC. Plans for the animation centre are being developed and will aid in improving the quality of student animation projects.
  • Communication over social media continues to be a strong suit of the LRC.
  • LRC displays and events support department topics and themed weeks and continue to achieve excellence, while providing a hub of learning experiences for the Secondary School and on occasion, the Primary School.

Areas of Lesser Success
  • Blogs and Digital Portfolios-We will be switching back to sites next year with 6th grade as they move up with their sites. This needs to be supported throughout the school if it is to work, as students need to establish the habits of curating and reflecting on their work. Eric Quijano is interested in supporting this as well.
  • Global Awareness: This works really well in our 6th grade carousel lessons and to a degree in 7th grade lessons, but we need to work it in with more impact in the ICT Curriculum as well as establish firm links with schools elsewhere. This will be a focus in sy15/16. We do a good job of this in the LRC through events and displays but there is still more room for improvement.
  • Android tablets-While these tools have a great deal of potential for use in lessons, their usage has been severely limited though the manner in which they are managed. Students cannot work in their own Google Apps accounts and some of the Apps which were installed for CAL 3 project work cannot be accessed by students. This has been discussed on several occasions yet there is still no optimum, educational solution on the table.
  • Sign up Staff professional development started off quite strong with regular attendance, but wained during the middle of the year and was later postponed in the hopes of a full school PD day. Several smaller topics will be on offer the last Tuesday of school as teachers should be less concerned about marking and planning at that time.
  • The creation of special book collections has not moved forward as quickly as intended. Again staff turnover was partially responsible. This focus as well as the completion of a series audit and purchase will take place prior to summer holidays.
  • The new library system took the better part of the year to be operational, due to issues with Data transferral and training. The next step is to train staff and students in August.

General CommentsThis has been yet another successful year of development at the LRC, despite the setbacks experienced as of November due to loss of two staff members.
The addition of a library assistant and an experienced teacher for ICT has helped not only make up for lost time spent covering and playing catchup, but has also been an enormous help in moving the LRC in the directions laid out in the sy14-15 development plan. The timing, circumstances and staffing issues earlier in the year, provided the opportunity to hire a highly qualified teacher, whose experience and educational philosophy is aligned to current thinking in education, ICT and the development goals of both the ICT and LRC departments.
The addition of a library assistant has been very useful and replaced the assistant the LRC lost at the end of last school year. The lack of an experienced, qualified head librarian is still an issue which needs addressing.
The new library system, extensive book weeding, the addition of online subscriptions and ebooks are all positive steps in stack maintenance and development and necessary steps in ensuring that the ABC community has access, to the most current and complete collection of print and e-resources, with onsite and 24/7 online access through the LRC website. Starting in August students will be able to personalise their LRC experiences through Follett Destiny, creating reviews and book lists (digital and print), recommendations and placing holds on items of interest.
Community liaisons have blossomed this year through the efforts of Hilda Gomez and the Club Recilectura's outreach program of library visits. This is a valuable initiative for the ABC to take part in as it provides venue for collaboration, awareness and the development of activities between institutions.
The LRC has become a flagship centre in El Salvador, and as such is frequently visited by other libraries agencies from around the country. The LRC provides exemplars, tours, activities and training in good library practices and forward thinking concerning the future of libraries and the establishment of learning resource centres. LRC staff members offer presentations and workshops at the LRC, at online and local conferences, and at other institutions around the country, often by invitation.
The LRC continues to grow and improve in order to meet the needs of the ABC community. It provides training and support, activity working to identify, establish and foster important links and support for learning both in and out of regular lessons. Staff members work to implement programs and activities to enrich the reading, and learning experiences of Secondary students. These are pedagogically sound and reflect current educational and library practice, whilst looking to the future, examining trends and ensuring forward thinking and cutting edge resources and experiences for the community.