Friday, December 19, 2014

Club Recilectura Visits the Santa Tecla Children's Library

Yesterday afternoon, the Club Recilectura visited the Santa Tecla Children's Library. The club meats every week to work on book and recycling related arts and crafts. One of their goals this school year is to take their work to different libraries and work with the students there, reading to them and creating craft projects.

Yesterday a small group visited a local library in Santa Tecla, where they read to the children and did a few arts and crafts activities with them. Here are a few pictures from the activity that our school librarian has made into a small collage. 


You can view pictures from this activity and other LRC activites on Flickr.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Will you need a Book during the holidays?





Do you need books for the holidays? If so you are definitely in luck! You have one more day to check out the books before the holidays, but that is not all! 

The LRC will be open as of January 5th, 2015 from 8-1:00 & 2:00-3:00 for checking out & returning books. Do take advantage of these opportunities and don't forget to have a look at our online TumbleBookCloud , QuestiaSchool for IB Humanities! and BrainPop subscriptions. (You will need to be logged in to your ABC account to access them.)

Don't forget that you can always search our catalog from home, as well as access subscriptions and more from the LRC Website.

Happy Holidays!





Monday, December 8, 2014

Recent Events at the LRC



We have finished uploading the pictures to Flickr. Do have a look when you get a chance.



Book Week 2014 is off to a great start, with special displays and author talks. The schedule for the week can be found below.




Here is one of the photos from today's author talk. Click this link to view some of the pictures from today!





It is a bit late, but we have included images from the Recycling Week activities here for your enjoyment.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Week 2015 is Fast Approaching!

Book Week 2014 is set to start next week. 

During the week teachers and students will be sharing their favourite passages from certain books. You can find their personal posters on the columns, along the corridor in front of the LRC. We will also have our traditional Dress as Your Favourite Character Day, the Book Week Assembly and the Book and Artisans Fair. The Fair will again take place from the Wednesday to the Friday and will highlight book venders from all over central El Salvador as well as local artisans and their products. The LRC will also set up a book box at the circulation desk, to collect new and used book donations for a very needy school in San Vicente. All in all, it promises to be an action packed week, full of book related activities. Check back regularly for further updates.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Theatre Week is off to a Great Start!



Update! 
You can view all of our pictures and videos from Theatre Week in our LRC Flickr Album.

It is Theatre Week this week and we have a great selection of theatre related activities planned for the Secondary School.

Have  a look at the schedule below and make sure you join in on the fun!

Don't forget that there is also an activity for parents. This Tuesday evening the Secondary School is proud to invite parents, and students to the performance of Lazaro in the Performing Arts Centre!

The cost is $3.00 per person and it promises to be a fantastic evening.









Thursday, October 2, 2014

The 2014-15 Library 2.0 Conference

The Library 2.0 Conference is one of the best, online  conferences in the world.  This conference which begins next week, does a great job of bringing together educational experts from around the world. The conference offers many exciting learning opportunities for professional development. Don't be fooled by the name. It is not just about Libraries.

This is the second year that the LRC will be presenting at the conference. This time around, Yensi Vides, Jennifer Garcia and Hilda Gomez will be presenting a session on using ebooks, collections and creating ebooks. The session will be held in Spanish. Please do consider attending if you are interested in this topic.
You can browse through this session as well as all the others , most of them in English on the Library 2.0 website.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Salvadoran Civic Week a the LRC


This week the LRC has focused much of its attention on Salvadoran Civic Week. Library staff members have created wonderful displays and set up special gaming areas for staff and students. Class teachers, many of which are from the Primary Section, have visited the LRC during the week for special 45 minute tours each day.  

The staff and students involved have had a wonderful time learning about El Salvador, interacting with the displays and playing some of the typical games.

For more insight into this special event, check out our Flickr Album.

Peace One Day 2014




It is Peace One Day today. 

Peace One Day was founded by Jeremy Gilley, an actor and filmmaker who made it part of his life's work to help the world focus on peace.  In doing so he founded Peace One day,a day of ceasefire and nonviolence, in 1999.

Check out the Peace One Website to learn more about this important global initiative.

The LRC Celebrated Peace One Day with special displays, while continuing to run the Salvadoran Civic Week Class Tours.

The Secondary School celebrated Peace One day with a special Peace One t-shirt day and assembly.

Check out some of the pictures from today on our Peace One 2014 Fickr Album.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/48254552@N04/sets/72157647704209551/

Question of the Day: Who will you you make peace with?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

TumbleBookCloud

The LRC is very happy to announce its new subscription e-book, video and audiobook service to the Secondary School community.


We have purchased a year long subscription to TumbleBookCloud, just in time for summer reading and in anticipation of the upcoming school year. 

This subscription is a collection of videos, audiobooks and  e-books which is accessible to all Secondary School Students and Secondary School Staff at the ABC.

This is a paid subscription and different than the Graphic novel summer reading subscription I shared with staff and students earlier in the month. Unlike the Graphic novel subscription which will expire toward the end of summer, this new subscription will be available all year long!

Please encourage your students to make use of this account by logging in to the site below with the credentials that have been sent to them via email. 

Their first step will be to create a login of  their own in the MyCloud section of the site, using the instructions on our website.

This link contains all of the information they will need to get started using this fantastic new ebook, video and audiobook subscription. 

We hope our ABC Secondary School community really makes the most of and truly enjoys this new service!

http://www.tumblebookcloud.com/

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Reading Graphic Novel eBooks

Do you like to read Graphic Novels?  If so you have come to the right place. We have acquired a special collection Graphic Novel eBooks for summer reading from TumbleCloud books by Follett. Click on the link below to go to the collection and log in. You will need the password that Mrs.Garcia has sent you via email. We hope you enjoy them. Do take advantage of this offer as it will expire in 90 days.






Saturday, May 31, 2014

Still Exploring, but at a Snail's Pace(in my case)

This post is from our ABC Online Gaming Club.

I thought I would share it and ask that anyone using GMod with their students who would like to share, please do.

From the Blog:
We haven't been able to meet up in past weeks, due to end of the school year meetings, steam updates and downtimes as well as other activities. That said the kids are working in Garry's Mod at their own pace and some have even produced some machinima for it, which we are hoping to post here. The kids will be writing one post prior to the end of the school year on their experiences so far.

At this point, the parental letter explaining the family sharing settings has been shared with parents through GDocs and we are set to have our last club meeting this coming Thursday.

The club will be back next school year and we hope to really make progress with our long awaited GMod accounts. We are definitely newbies when it comes to this application, but willing and excited to learn.  If there is anyone out there that is using GMod with their students, we would really love to hear from you.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

ABC DVA 2014

The ABC DVA was a great success again this year. The quality of student videos showed a marked improvement both in work done at school and independent videos. 


This year we had an impressive turnout for the event. In fact this year's DVA was the best attended of all of our Digital Video Award evenings. The Performing Arts Centre was bustling with more than 200 people in attendance.

All of our nominee videos on our ABCICT site if you would like to peruse them. They will give you a good idea of the type of work students are doing across the Primary and Secondary schools.  If you are not a member of staff or student, you won't be able to see the voting form, but you will be able to scroll down to the embedded playlists, which can be found directly below the form.

Do also take a moment to check out the pictures from the event in our Flickr album.
We should have video footage from the event, including interviews shortly, so do check back in about a week's time.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Scratch Week at the LRC

Scratch Week is finally here! This is the week that all that programming, pays off for our grade 8s! Why you may ask?


A while back I posted about the work in Scratch the 8s were doing, programming learning games for the Prepa and 1st Grade students. (You can read that original post here.) They finished the project some time back, and have since been debugging their work on and off.

This week the younger students get to come to the LRC along with their teachers to try out the learning games that were developed especially for them. We have been looking forward to this for a long time and expect it to be a wonderful experience for our student developers and student end users.

Here is the link to the studio of projects in case you are interested in trying some of them out.


Update! Here are the Scratch Week pictures.




Thursday, May 8, 2014

Earth Week 2014

This is a special guest post about our Earth Week Activity, written by Hilda Gomez, who is one of our LRC librarians.
Here is the link to the original post on Hilda's blog.

Semana de la tierra/ Earth Week 2014

Del 28 de abril al 02 de mayo estuvimos celebrando la semana de la tierra.











En la biblioteca LRC hicimos bolsas con camisetas viejas.
Materiales:
  • ·         Camisetas
  • ·         Lápiz
  • ·         Tijera
  • ·         Alfiler de gancho

Procedimiento:
Primero girar por el revés de la camiseta que vamos a utilizar. Cortamos con la tijera las mangas y tiras de una pulgada de ancho de la pieza de la manga, cortamos el cuello e la camiseta hacia fuera para convertirse en la apertura de la bolsa puede ser cuadrado o en V  y luego hacemos un corte en la ranuras en la parte inferior del dobladillo, con un alfiler de gancho comienza a correr el dobladillo y se repite al finalizar se le hace un nudo.















Una de la actividades International Global Citizen Award (IGCA) su traducción en españolPremio Internacional al Ciudadano Global que realizaron los estudiantes fue Papeletón es una campaña de reciclaje de papel para apoyar a la Teletón en la colección de revistas, cuadernos viejos y papel de oficina. Los fondos recaudados ayudarán a los niños a continuar con su terapia física.

Durante la semana los docentes se encargaron de enseñar un tema por día de los recursos naturales que cuenta El Salvador.
Día 1- AGUA: El Río Sapo es el más limpio y uno de los ríos más bellos de El Salvador. Se encuentra ubicado en Morazán, a 5 kilómetros del JuatecaSe cree que fue nombrado después de las cinco especies de fascinación que viven allí, entre ellos tres ranas y dos sapos
La conservación del agua significa usar el agua con prudencia y tomar correctamente el cuidado de élTodos dependemos de agua para la vida por lo que debemos aprender a conservarlaSólo el 87% de los salvadoreños tienen acceso a agua potable.

 Día 2- El ÁRBOL: El árbol Maquilishuat es el árbol nacional de El Salvador.Puede alcanzar hasta 30 metros de altura y sus flores están en flor desde febrero hasta mayo. Se estima que hay más de 800 especies de árboles en El Salvador. Árbol son muy importantes para nuestro planeta, ya que son una fuente de oxígeno, reducen la cantidad de dióxido de carbono en la atmósfera, mantienen reservas de agua dulce y tienen suelo junto prevención de la erosión.También son una fuente importante de la medicina, la madera y el hábitat de muchas especies vivas. Vamos a preservar la especie mediante la plantación de un árbol!
Los chinos tienen un proverbio maravilloso que te dice la importancia de un árbol. Se pregunta cuándo es el mejor momento para plantar un árbol y la respuesta es de hace 30 años para que pueda disfrutar de ella ahoraElsegundo mejor momento para plantar un árbol, si aún no lo ha plantado uno esHOY para que usted y las futuras generaciones en el futuro pueda disfrutarlo.















Día 3- BIODIVERSIDAD: Nuestra ave nacional es Torogoz, también conocido como Motmot turquesa de cejasque simboliza la libertad y la uniónSólo el 2% de los bosques de El Salvador se quedan, hay 241 especies que están en peligro de extinción como el armadillo, y el árbol de Ceiba. Las principalesamenazas de la biodiversidad son la sobre explotación de los recursos biológicos, el desarrollo industrial y urbano y las prácticas agrícolasinadecuadas.

















Día 5- BOSQUE TROPICAL: Un lugar primordial por su diversidad y riqueza, bosque El Imposible tiene refugio para más de 15.000 especies de animales y plantas. Con él que es un hábitat en peligro de extinción, El Imposible es un gran recurso para las plantas medicinales, siendo visitada por más de 20.000 visitantes al año. Con sólo el 2% de la flora y la fauna sigue vivo y sostenimiento inicial de El Salvador, El Imposible es todavía capaz de mantener su belleza y trascendencia.













Colaboración: 
Prof. Walter Arevalo
Dep. Ciencias Naturales
Coordinador IGCA

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Brain Week at the LRC



The 10th-14th of March marked the Brain Awareness Week at the ABC.
Brain Awareness Week is"the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research."(Dana.org)

 Each year the LRC takes on Brain Awareness in grand style with a large interactive display and small exploratory sessions for interested classes. For this year's celebration the LRC added to its collections of puzzles, brain teasers, exercises and brain friendly recipes, much to the delight of the younger students.

A big thank you goes out to our Librarians, Yensi, Hilda and Ivette for making this annual event such a huge success once again.

Please click the image below to go to our Flickr set for this event.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Internet Safety Week at the LRC

We are smack dab right in the middle of Internet Safety Week 2014. Online safety is a focus all year long, but Internet Safety Week takes it a step further. During this special week, students and staff engage in important conversations and work through special mini lessons designed to cover a broad range of concepts.

Internet Safety Week would not be complete without a special display in the LRC. This year the librarians took on the challenge of getting the Safer Internet Daytheme across, "Let's create a better internet together". We decided to utilise the very popular online game Minecraft to do so. Many of our students are avid Minecrafters had plenty of advice to give about the display. They quickly became part of the team and played an important role as creative liaisons 

Here a a few images which show how this wonderful display turned out. You can view the entire album on the LRC Facebook page.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Following up on a Previous Post

The Secondary School ICT team  are excited to follow up on the previous blog post with two more excellent learning games programmed by our students. For more information on this project, do refer to our prior post. We are very proud of what our 8th grade students have achieved, since starting with Scratch in 7th grade. The two games we are sharing this week have been embedded below for you to try out.



Friday, February 7, 2014

Carta a los Padres de Alumnos KS3 (6, 7 y 8 grado)

Read this in English

Estimados Padres,
Fue un gusto poder platicar con muchos de ustedes esta semana acerca del progreso que sus hijos e hijas han hecho en ICT durante la primera mitad del año escolar.  Ambas noches fueron muy concurridas y desafortunadamente no tuvimos la oportunidad de platicar con todos.  Esta carta es para actualizarles acerca de las experiencias y habilidades que sus hijos e hijas han practicado este año escolar.  Aquí se explica el recuadro de retroalimentación que se mandará a casa con sus hijos; es para que los padres que no tuvieron la oportunidad de entrevistarse con nosotros se puedan informar acerca de su significado. 


En clase de ICT (Tecnología, Información y Comunicación por sus siglas en inglés) les enseñamos a los alumnos habilidades de computación vitales y conceptos que ellos y ellas usarán a través de sus materias en la escuela, en su carrera universitaria y en su vida personal también.

Como ustedes saben, nosotros no asignamos notas academicas en ICT en los años de 6, 7 y 8 grado.  Lo que se asigna es una nota de Habilidades de Trabajo en cada CAL, y así se asesora el progreso del estudiante a través del año escolar.  Este año estamos empezando un nuevo sistema de lista de habilidades con los TICs para los alumnos, para proveer a los padres con la retroalimentación necesaria acerca del progreso de sus hijos.  Hay una lista de habilidades para cada grado, cada cual contiene referencias a las areas y habilidades principales que se han completado en el año escolar.



Una marca de cheque (√ ) indica que el estudiante entiende y puede demonstrar su entendimiento en esas áreas.  Una marca de cruz ( X ) indica que es un área que necesita mejorar, o en caso de un proyecto, un área que se ignoró, no se entregó o se omitió.  Unas áreas están marcadas con un número del 1 al 3. Esto es usualmente el resultado de encuestas o áreas en que el alumno ha destacado fuera de una actividad de grupo.  El rango es del 1-3; siendo: 3 excelente 2 bueno y 1 necesita mejorar.



También hemos empezado la implementación de un sistema de medallas.  El alumno que sobresale en ciertas áreas recibirá una hoja de medallero, sellado con una estrella en el área de su logro.  Es importante notar que la estrella indica excelencia, y una falta de estrella indica que el estudiante aún sigue mejorando en esa área.  Los enlaces para poder ver un ejemplo de nuestra hoja de medallero y las descripciones de sus áreas  para cada grado puede ser vista en nuestra página de clases de ICT, en la parte superior de la página:  


Este sitio contiene mucha información acerca de las clases y galerías de trabajo hecho por los estudiantes.   Esperamos que encuentren util esta información.  

Las listas de habilidades serán enviadas a casa pegadas a las primeras páginas de la agenda de cada alumno, la próxima semana.  Por favor, revisen estas listas con su hijo/hija y asegurese que entiendan las áreas en las que necesita progresar.  Recuerden que es un sistema nuevo el que estamos implementando.  Pensamos que es muy importante que tengan más y mejor información disponible acerca del progreso de su hijo/hija; y continuamos trabajando para mejorar el sistema para que sea de mayor eficiencia.  Si tienen alguna duda general acerca del sistema, pueden hacer sus preguntas a través de este blog, respondiendo a este aviso.  Si tiene una duda de índole personal acerca del progreso de su hijo-hija, por favor contáctese con su profesor o profesora de ICT. 

Mrs. Garcia
jennifergarcia@abc-net.edu.sv  

Mr. Alfaro
rodrigoalfaro@abc-net.edu.sv


Letter to Our KS3 ICT Parents

Leer en Español


Dear Parents,

 It was great to speak to many of you both this week and last and in doing so discuss the progress your children have made in ICT during the first half of the school year. These were both very busy parent evenings and unfortunately we didn't get to speak to everyone. This letter will serve as a general update on the experiences your children have engaged in so far this school year, as well as an explanation of the feedback we are sending home, for those parents we haven't yet spoken to.

 In ICT lessons we teach your children vital skills and concepts which they will across their subjects throughout their school years, into the university and in their personal lives.
As you will know we do not assign an academic grade to ICT at the KS3. We do assign a Work Skills grade each CAL and assess student progress throughout the school year.  This school year we are piloting a tick list system for providing parents with much needed feedback about their children's progress. There is one tick list per grade, each of which contains references to the main areas covered so far this school year.

Ticks are good, they mean the child understands and is able to demonstrate their understanding in those areas. Crosses are good in their own way, as they flag up areas in need of improvement, or in the case of a project, areas omitted. Some areas are annotated with a number from 1-3. This is usually the case for quiz results or areas in which the children have excelled outside of any group activity. The range is 1-3, 3 being excellent, 2 very good and 1 in need of improvement.

We have also begun the implementation of a badge system. Students who excel in certain areas will receive a badge sheet with star stamps indicating their areas of achievement. It is important to note that a star indicates excellence, and lack of a star indicates areas the student is still improving in. Links to examples of the badge sheets and descriptions of each badge can be found at the top of our ICT teaching website. http://abcict.wikispaces.com. Links to all of our online lessons and tutorials can be found on this same site in the online lessons section. This site also contains the galleries of student work. We hope you find this information useful.

The tick lists (annotated examples can be found throughout this post.),will be sent home glued to the front pages in your child's planner, next week. Please Please do take a look at these and discuss them with your child. Please remember that this is a pilot system. We think it is important that you have better information on your child's progress ICT, and are going to continue working to hone this into the most efficient system we can. If you have any questions of a general nature you can post them here. If they are of a more personal nature, please contact your children's ICT teachers.

 Mrs Garcia                              
jennifergarcia@abc-net.edu.sv

Mr. Alfaro
rodrigoalfaro@abc-net.edu.sv