Course 5 Project: LIS Reads – LIS Lê Game On!

Well, I don’t have any fingernails left, but the movie is finally done.  Be kind, world. Course 5, it’s been real.

If you’re interesting in visiting the sites associated with this project, check out the LIS Reads – LIS Lê posts on the LIS secondary library blog and the short-lived LIS Reads – LIS Lê House competition tumblr.

I would like to note that approximately 2/3 of the way through Course 5, my iPad was stolen (I am actually still hoping that I just hid it from myself somewhere in my library, but that is seeming less and less likely) and I lost a lot of the media I had intended to use in this video. I think it turned out all right in the end, but I apologize for the occasionally heavy reliance on screenshots.  You can see my UBD “unit” plan below.

19 thoughts on “Course 5 Project: LIS Reads – LIS Lê Game On!

  1. I thought it was very good. I question the final impression you left of failure. I would not call this a failure, even with the cute mnemonic. Many of the observations you make point to the need for better net connectivity, more reliable service, and expanding web2.0 learning opportunities as well as the need to better integrate these tools into everyday life. This should serve as a great springboard for collaboration with administrators and service providers everywhere to impress the need to continually improve access. Tangible proof of how positively engaged students can become when they are allowed to expand their virtual world.

    • Hi Dad,

      🙂 Thanks for the compliment. Going into this project, I felt that I had “failed” because so many things I tried didn’t work the way I had envisioned them. But after going through the detailed reflection process and putting together this video, I realized that there really are a whole lot of successes in this project. As our IT folks keep working to strengthen our access, I’m looking forward to moving elements of social media and tech projects into our our reading program. In the “real” world, I share, create and exchange with others about what I’m reading online, and I want my students to have those same opportunities and experiences.

      Thanks for stopping in,

  2. Katy,

    I certainly understand and concur with your dad’s POV. Hopefully, this reflective video regarding the process will support the move to develop the IT infrastructure which I am sure is already planned for.

    I like the pre-skype work you did to prepare the students and it is obvious by the student reflections that they took a lot out of this connection! Some more than others!

    As your connectivity is limited by your location, could you turn this into a summer vacation project as a large number of students would be out of the country? I myself and thinking…what during summer holidays, are you mad? Who would buy into that? Maybe some would? Anyway it is just a thought about FAIL #2!

    Looking ahead to next year, we are going 1:1 and we have a very enthusiastic English department who would love to connect. Let me know if you want support in getting this going! Plus, our time zones are pretty close!

    Top marks for raising the profile of reading and being so determined to connect LIS.

    • Hi Donovan,

      Thanks for dropping in pal! I just finished watching yours, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

      I like your idea of doing this as a summer reading project. It would be SO cool to get our students who are in a variety of places around the globe to connect over a list of books, and maybe even have hangouts with authors. That said, this summer will not be the summer! 🙂 I am going to rest and recharge, family and a very exciting trip to Japan are the only things I want to accomplish. 🙂

      As far as next year goes, the answer is an enthusiastic YES! I know that like with any project, this will just keep getting better as I grow it and develop more connections. 🙂

      I hope this finds the end of your year wrapping up well.


  3. the skype ins are a fantastic idea and it will be excellent to see you expand this next year…the opportunity for students to access chapters cut from publisher edited novels is brilliant…authors and students must see this as a pretty special connection completely based on your introduction of tech…very cool…daniel will keep you entertained with his imagination for sure

    • Tim,

      Oh, how I love Daniel! He’s such a gem. I can’t wait until he’s a famous author (as established, he’s already an author) and I get to say I knew him when….

      I was also super pumped about Steve Sheinkin’s offer. It’s such a great thing for me and my students to realize that authors, while being rock stars, are just like us. He did such a nice job of explaining the writing process to kids and he was so real and down to earth. They really connected with him.

      Here’s to us spreading the connections next year with your big move. Thank you again for all of your support with this project. You’re the best.


  4. I just watched your video, huge success, lots of questions, but I am sure they will be answered when I read the blog and other info. Our school has it all, bandwidth, money, talent, but your school has a heart and a great librarian not to mention a spirit of innovation. Congratulations on a very cool project that clearly had a big impact on your students. I am going to try to copy you in our Middle School library.

    • Hi Ron,

      Thanks for your kind words! If you visit our library blog and you want to ask other questions, just send them along. And if you’re interested in connecting schools at all next year, let me know! I’d love to see a project like LIS Reads go global, with students at schools around the world reading the same books each month, hanging out to talk about them and sharing their reactions through technology.

      By the way, I immediately sent your Course 5 project to our MYP music teacher. She’s in! Now to find the money….and the space… and the time. 🙂 Seriously though, you’re setting the bar pretty high, and I appreciate it. I hope we stay in touch.


  5. Hi Katy,
    This is a great project. I am passing this on to the secondary librarian at our school.
    I love the FAIL acronym at the end of your video. So true.
    I agree with Donovan with the pre-skype etiquette lesson – it’s a great idea. We had a SKYPE PD session last week for teachers and it wasn’t super successful, but with that introduction and prep, the lesson is valuable for students and teachers, alike.
    I’ve really enjoyed collaborating with you in COETAIL. Let’s continue to stay in touch and work together in the future.
    Have a wonderful summer.
    I wish we all lived closer for a end-of-COETAIL celebration ^_^


    • Hi Julie,

      This was such a great experience and one of the reasons was getting to connect with awesome, innovative educators like you. I also hope we stay in touch, and I don’t think that’ll be a problem thanks to Twitter, blogs and the rest of the Internet. 🙂

      It’s interesting, because the author Skypes went quite well, but then our book club discussions, which didn’t have as much prep, was less successful because my students weren’t as sensitive to the importance of not having side conversations. Setting up those expectations ahead of time are important, no matter the age of your participants. I am interested in your Skype PD, and I’d love to hear more about it. What was the topic? Why did it happen over Skype instead of in person? We’re in such an isolating place here in Luanda, it sounds like an interesting idea for professional learning. if this is something you would rather talk about off this forum, buzz me a Tweet if you’re comfortable sharing a little.

      While I wish we could do it together, I will raise a glass to all the COETAIL-ers this evening!


  6. Hi Katy-
    Video presentation is clear, focused and does a great job of reflecting on what you did and how you felt about it. I enjoyed the part where students were interviewed about their feelings talking to authors because it capture their excitement- i had a similar experience this term connecting my students with experts and its hard to really show how much they gained from the experience. Like the others said- the FAIL poster at the end really put a nice touch on the overall presentation- it showed that what you wanted didn’t necessairly happen, but that you are not deterred from trying again.

    Well done.

    • Hi Ian,

      Thanks for your visit. You know, it’s those moments that can’t be measured (although as I say that, I’m sure someone has created an enthusiam metric out there) that are the best parts of teaching. My kids are now begging for me to get John Green to visit over Skype! They either think I’m rich or a magician…

      I am looking forward to implementing this next year, keeping what worked and improving on what didn’t. I am so thankful to COETAIL for forcing me into this experience and giving me the guts to put it all online.

      Thanks for the comment,

  7. Hi Katy,
    It’s impressive how enthusiastically students react as soon as school opens the class for experts to come in whether somebody comes into class in person or we connect through Skype or other kind of technologies. The students get the connection to the real world, they feel understand, inspired, etc. and very motivated to follow their ideas and thoughts of life. Congratulations on your successful project! 😉 First attempt in learning – awesome.

    • Hey Verena,

      Thanks for the visit! I have always wanted to connect my students more with the “world” and I am so glad COETAIL gave me the motivation to follow through. I can’t wait to see what comes next year.


  8. Hi Katy

    I’m so blown away by all the ideas you wanted to try out. The library has come a LONG way from when I was in school.

    I think you’re too hard on yourself. How many of these ideas would have occurred to you at the start of Coetail? For myself, these were all radically new ideas: gamification, global collaborative projects, digital citizenship, global skypes with experts, social media for students. Yet, you tried to implement them ALL in this final project. Woah! I’m super impressed. 😀 😀 Even one of these things could have been an amazing final project. My stereotype of the quiet library has been completely dismantled.

    It’s great that your students had choice. Tech, for the sake of tech isn’t the goal. Student choice is the goal and I think paper and coloured paper products are just as important as digital products.

    I will be forwarding this post to my librarian friends. Congratulations. I’m so envious of all that you’ve accomplished.

    • Vivian,

      Thank you so much for your response! Now that I’ve been able to have a little space, I am feeling much better about this project. It’s hard working with such an amazing group of colleagues, because you want to live up to EVERYTHING! In this project, like in most things in my life, I suspect I tried to do a little too much. But I am now so happy about so many of things that were so successful, and I am also really pleased with how I can feel COETAIL burbling back up in my brain. I am starting planning with teachers for the next school year, and it’s really interested to be able to have some distance from the course and see how it’s influenced me without the pressure of grades and projects and scheduled posts. If I ever get any free time again, I am looking forward to returning to blogging.

      Thanks to you Vivian for all you did to support the COETAIL community. You were like a third COETAIL instructor in this course with all you did in terms of uniting the community and constantly giving feedback to everyone.

      Hey, let your librarian friends know that if they’re interested in some global collaboration, there’s a library in Luanda looking for friends!

      Have a wonderful break,

      • Hi Katy

        You must have some amazing colleagues to set the bar so high. 🙂 Lucky school!

        I don’t think you tried too much. You gave the students choices and it’s not your responsibility to make things happen that the students aren’t interested in.

        Thank you for the compliments! I had extra time on my hands since I could not secure a teaching post 🙁 I’m glad I was able to put my extra time into something productive. It’s hard not to get excited about what everyone is trying in their classrooms.

        We’ll never look at the classroom the same, since Coetail. I’m glad that it’s become a part of your “chemistry” as it has for so many others (and myself).

        See you around the net!


  9. Katy, your video was excellent and shows all the great things you achieved with LIS Reads this year. I have never seen the library as busy as it was on your launch night and though perhaps your tech dreams didn’t come true, the passion for reading that you continue to inspire in the students surpasses any goal you may have had. Congratulations on an awesome initiative.

    • Hi Sheila,

      Thanks for your kind words! I was pleased with how LIS Reads went over the course of its first year. Now that I’ve run through it once, I’m looking forward to a new plan of attack for LIS Reads 2.0. Hopefully we’ll be able to carry that success on into a second year.

      Have a great summer,


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