Thursday, December 15, 2016

LRC Top Reader Awards 2016

En el LRC premiamos a los 10 mejores lectores desde el mes de septiembre hasta diciembre.

"Leer es siempre una buena idea"

Para reconocerles se le envió una invitación por correo electrónico convocando a una pequeña reunión para motivarlos e invitarlos a que continúen leyendo. Se realizó la premiación de los tres primeros lugares.

El primer lugar durante estos cuatro meses prestó 80 libros, el segundo lugar 30 y el tercer lugar 29 libros leídos.
Para nosotros es un placer entregar un incentivo a nuestros lectores.
















Les invitamos a que visiten el álbum LRC Top Reader Awards 2016


HAPPY HOLIDAYS


En el LRC, disfrutamos la época de navidad, hacemos que nuestro alumnos sientan que esta época es especial llena de mucho amor y paz.

Desarollamos diferentes actividades y display que nos permiten dar ese toque mágico.

Primero empezamos con la decoración de nuestra biblioteca para despertar el espiritu navideño. Tomamos inspiración de Pinterest donde pudimos encontrar decoraciones que eran posibles para nosotras realizar.
Luego celebramos la semana del Festival de luces donde incluimos los festivales siguientes:

Yee Peng: se celebra anualmente en la luna llena del duodécimo mes del calendario Lunar tradicional Tailandés y en él se fabrican linternas de papel que se elevan en el cielo como expresion de buenos augurios y liberacion.

Hannukah: Se celebra el 25 de Kislev del calendario Judio,es celebrada por el pueblo judío durante ocho días seguidos. En esta fiesta, familias y amigos se reúnen a compartir tradiciones, juegos, cantos, platos típicos y a encender cada noche una nueva vela en el candelabro de nueve brazos.

La festividad acontece el 25 noviembre y comienzos de diciembre del Kislev del calendario judío, fecha que acaece entre fines deL  calendario gregoriano.

Como parte de las actividades de Makerspace, los estudiantes hicieron estrellas de origami, bolitas de navidad con brillantina, copos de nieve de papel reciclado y vasos con decoraciones navideñas. 
Les invitamos a ver las fotografías

En el álbum de Flickr puede ver todo lo que hacemos en esta época del año.


Feliz Navidad en cada país, en cada corazón, en cada hogar y los mejores deseos para el año 2017.
LRC Team


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Semana del Libro


Con el propósito de fomentar la lectura en nuestros estudiantes de secundaria, se realizó nuestra semana del libro con el lema "Alimenta tu necesidad de Leer" la cual se desarrolló del 28 de noviembre al 02 de diciembre.
Considerando la lectura como una actividad indispensable para el desarrollo de habilidades importantes para la vida, ya que esta facilita no solo el aprendizaje de nuevos conocimientos, si no también provee de herramientas que ayudaran a nuestros alumnos a enfrentar los nuevos retos que nuestra sociedad demanda.

Por este motivo dentro de nuestra semana se desarrollaron diferentes actividades:  

El día lunes comenzamos nuestra semana dando las palabras de inauguración con el profesor David Flores quien al mismo tiempo desarrolló un cuentacuentos con los alumnos de sexto grado el título del cuento Epaminondas. Al final del cuentacuentos realizó un crucigrama de los cuales resultaron tres ganadores en resolver el crucigrama sin ningún error al final los tres ganadores obtuvieron regalos sorpresas.

Conservatorio con Ricardo Hernández y Vladimir Amaya









Patrick Josselin
Editorial Bayard










Silvia Pira
Cuentacuentos










Josué A. Peña
Escritor










Ligia Salguero
Mediateca Embajada de España
Cuento congelado











Competencia de la trivia de libros.
En el área de los display interactivos del LRC se reunieron los estudiantes de diferentes tribus Mayas, Pipiles, Incas y Aztecas para competir en las trivias.
Los ganadores de cada trivia ganaron 20 puntos  quedando  como ganadores Mayas e Incas.


Recomendación de libros en hojas.


Los estudiantes escribieron sus recomendaciones de libros en hojas para ponerlas en el árbol de lectura que estaba en el centro de la biblioteca. 
También obtuvieron puntos de tribus siendo los ganadores
Paul Davis 
Eva Harris 
Salvador Zaldívar



El Mejor diseño de portadas de libros.

Los estudiantes demostraron su creatividad a través de la creación de portadas de libros. Para la elección del ganador estuvo de los profesores Jennifer Garcia y Adrian Hall, siendo la ganadora del primer lugar K.Z. de 6to Grado.






Mejor disfraz.


El mejor disfraz ganaba 20 puntos tribales 
La elección de los ganadores dependía de la creatividad de los concursantes y siendo jurados las bibliotecarias









Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Week 2016

It is Book Week this week in the Secondary School.
Do have a look at the variety activities available and take part in the many tribal competitions.

We will post photos in our Flickr album, as they come in.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Input Devices 2

This week we have continued our study of Input Devices in 11th ITGS. The students randomly selected one input method to focus on and then scripted a short In Plain English Style video.

Some opted for paper cutouts, other whiteboards, and pens. The resulting videos were varied not only in content but in method. The students not only consolidated their understanding of these input methods but also found creative ways to teach others about them.

Here is a short mash-up of those that were turned in today.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

VR and AR in LRC

With the arrival of our new Leap Motion devices, and our existing Google Cardboard we have had the opportunities to really explore with our students. These coupled with our existing iPads and QR code Apps, have lead to a series of exciting activities so far, this school year.

Leap Motion in 11th Grade ITGS 

We have been  looking at input devices in 11th grade ITGS. This was a prime opportunity to test out with the leaps and have the kids prepare their own activities. During the session, we worked with both the Leap Motions and MakeyMakey input devices, both of which are powerful learning tools, however, this post is about AR and VR, so we will leave the MakeyMakey discussion for another time.

In order to prepare for the lesson, I provided students with a link to the Leap Motion Gallery and asked them to choose and download a couple of modules they were interested in trying out. It is important to note that there are a great variety of activities to choose from, unfortunately, some are not available for Mac users. It was easy to share the information with students, as we are using Google Classroom to run our lessons and communicate with each other. The kids had a wonderful time exploring different modules. You can view some of the work they did in this mashup video from the input lesson.

*We did find,  that we had to really work initially to get used to the range that the Leap Motion would detect. Students persisted and did get the hang of it rather quickly in the end.





Google Cardboard in 12th Grade ITGS

In 12th grade, we have been looking at wearable technology, what better time to bring out the Cell phones and Google Cardboard.

The kids downloaded the appropriate app to their cell phones for homework and after a brief introduction they partnered up and we took the tech outside. It is important to have kids working in pairs with VR as it is easy for them to trip and bump into things. Our students spotted each other in partners and took turns with the viewers.

The excitement quickly crescendoed,  as students explored using these simple cardboard devices. They were immersed in what they were doing,  actively exploring, evaluating the technology and having a great deal of fun doing so. All we needed to accomplish this was the cheapest of cardboard viewers,  their own cell phones, and the free apps. You can even download templates to help you build your own cardboard viewers.

Here are a few options for doing this:
Instructables
Pocketlint
Google Cardboard Production Kit

Please see the previous post for a short video and further details on this activity.


QR Code Scavenger Hunt-6th Grade LRC Orientation



Each year we host an orientation session in the Learning Resources Centre for the 6th grade students moving up to Secondary.

This year we decided to take advantage of the popularity that has grown around Pokemon Go and use it as our hook. We used our Pokemon theme, along with our existing iPads, a QR Code reader (We prefer i-nigma),  paired with physical QR Codes to build a massive (I kid you not-over 100 students strong!) scavenger hunt.

The  QR codes were used to place scannable text clues within Pokeballs which were distributed around the school, along with Pokemon characters. We used Google Maps to create a perimeter map for the work and determined different routes for each team.

Teams started off with a small Ziploc bag containing their first QR Pokeball clue and a copy of the map. Each team was given an iPad.  It was delightful to watch the students tearing across the field, verifying their positions on the map, discovering their clues and rushing to see which would be the first group to finish. Some of them even ended up in the shrubs outside the headmaster's office. Upon arrival at the LRC(They all ended up here), they had a book related clue to resolve and activity to complete upon finding the right location and identifying the book. They were then given some time to browse the resources on offer.

Here are is a link to the photo gallery for the event.

We have plenty of other activities planned for the school year involving our modest collection of AR and VR devices and applications and are looking forward to discovering, even more applications to use in our regular lessons and special events. The next step is to have t-shirts made for our annual book week, covered in interesting codes and having students scan us as we move about the school.

*One last note, we used to create VR pop-up books using Zooburst, which was a great application, however, the site has since closed.  They do offer an App however that seems to still be available. It is an app worth investigating.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Google Cardboard in ITGS




Last week we spent half an hour testing out and evaluating Google Cardboard in our HL ITGS class. This was  part of our preliminary work on wearable tech. The students viewed a video overview, learned how to use the headsets and the Cardboard App (which runs 360 degree videos), then assembled the devices. Next, we headed outdoors to the grassy area in front of the LRC. Luckily, there was a respite in the rainy weather and the grass was also dry, enabling us to purposefully wander around the grounds, whilst immersed in different VR environments.


It was fascinating to observe the kids as they took tours, spotted their partners and shared their locations and findings, all without leaving the lawn in front of the LRC. This work was punctuate by excited exclamations, location call outs and the regular directions of the spotters.


The next step is to continue the debrief, and record their findings on their response sheets. Interestingly enough, the students were very impressed by these cheap cardboard constructions built for cell phones, despite their awareness of the range of alternative high tech VR devices currently available. It will certainly be interesting to read their written responses to the this experience.