The Grand Prairie ISD Instructional Media program provides lifelong learning skills for 21st century learners. The program ensures that all staff and students are empowered with information literacy and emerging technologies through collaborative lessons designed with Instructional Media staff. The love of reading and literacy is fostered by providing access to both print and electronic resources.
I’d like to welcome you to our wonderful school! I’m the “Instructional Media Specialist,” which is a fancy way to say I handle the library and technology here at GFAA. I grew up in Grand Prairie (I’m a Gopher) and graduated from Texas A&M. Previously, I taught Kindergarten for 15 years (in both GP and Flower Mound), before beginning my new journey as an IMS. This is my fifth year, and while I miss having my own group of kids, I love being able to work with all the students and teachers!
As an Instructional Media Specialist (IMS), I serve my campus in the library with the use of technology for instruction. My goal is to integrate both with classroom instruction to ensure that our students are provided the necessary 21st century skills to be successful now and in the future.
In addition to all of the physical books that we have, our students have access to online books (ebooks) and other resources. To access these, please visit the Library Services page of the website (Students>Library Services). Most of the resources are paid subscriptions and do require a username and password to access. You may contact me or your child's teacher for that information.
Tumblebooks is great for the younger students. They can choose books to read online or to have read aloud to them. Students can also choose from a large variety of electronic books available from Destiny Quest which is our library system. Each student has his/her own individual username and password. Some students who have used the system might remember theirs already. If not, that too, can be obtained by contacting me or your child's teacher. Once logged into Destiny, students have the ability to search for library books that we have on the shelves (great if they want to get an idea of what they want before coming to the library) or to search for ebooks. Once they choose an electronic book all they need to do is click on "check out" to download the book to their account. It it then available to them on any device. They can also find ebooks on World Book and National Geographic Kids. Those can be read at point of need and do not need to be downloaded; they are always available.
If your child is doing research for school, you will find the following databases for them to use: Culture Grams, Gale Online Resources, Maps 101, NBC Learn, Pebble Go, and World Book. Many of these need usernames and passwords for use from home. Again, please contact me or your child's teacher for that information. These resources are also integrated within Destiny, so if your child logs in to Destiny and selects "Universal Search", they will be able to search all of these sites at once. Using these sites and databases will ensure that the information they find will be valid and appropriate for school use.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to help!