Monday, September 17, 2012

Welcome back to a new school year!

Welcome back to a new school year!

We are really looking forward to this amazing new school year.

We recently updated our ICT Curriculum, with many new and improved learning experiences  for our students to engage in. This year they will be involved in building in virtual worlds on Jokaydia Grid PoraOra and Minecraft,  creating interactive e-books with iBooks Author, Android App programming,  using iPads for research, animation, audio creation and more, and this is  just to name a few. For more details have a look at our vertical schemes online, on the ICT Website.

The new books have been pouring into the library since late summer and are rapidly making their way onto the shelves. Our new audio books are here too and we have invested in a collection of e-books from Follet. This collection will soon be accessible 24/7 by students for browsing and checking out, on their mobile devices, as well as computers.

The back of the LRC is now being utilised as a video recording area with 3 chroma key screens installed and another on the way, special lighting and boom mics. The new iMacs  have arrived bringing the total of bookable desktops to a whopping 36. Add our 12 new iPads and the existing 22 laptops to the mix and we are now able to manage the computing needs of 3 teaching groups at a time!

Our LRC activities have now started and there are plenty to enjoy each month. You can always check on what is coming up using the LRC Calendar on the front page of the LRC website. You can even add this calendar to your own Google Calendar.

Our new 6th grade students visited the LRC last week for orientation. The students came down with their English teachers and were the first to use the new iPads. They used the iPads to help identify and work out clues during a QR code Scavenger hunt. This activity was prepared and run by Yensi and Hilda our Librarians.

The traditional Civic Week tour  also took place last week. The LRC hosted more students than ever this year, from both the Primary and Secondary sections. During the tour students worked in their class groups with the librarians and teachers, to learn more about El Salvador through artefacts,  special puzzles and traditional games. The photos from these activities can be found on the LRC Facebook page.

It has been a great start to the year so far and there is so much more to come. Watch our Facebook Page for updates on Peace One Day, Banned Books Week and Salvadoran Children's Day activities. We also encourage you to take a look at our Website where you can find useful resources, browse our collections, check out the new arrivals and more, as well as follow us on Twitter.

Here's to an amazing SY12/13!

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