Students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have the world at their fingertips, literally.
Thousands of digital books are now available to them through the district’s subscription to myON, an online literacy system. Available books include fiction, nonfiction, picture books and graphic novels -- a total of nearly 5,500 titles to choose with about 50 new books added every month.
Students in kindergarten through grade 8 can read the books from anywhere at anytime on any computer, tablet, smartphone or any other device connected to the Internet. They can also use myOn’s free mobile app to download up to 20 books for an offline reading experience.
“I encourage families to take advantage of this incredible digital library,” said Doug Johnson, the district’s technology director. “We want students to be great readers. Studies show that when children have access to books at home, they read more and become better readers.”
Using myOn, students can find books to read that match their interests. They can read books as many times as they want and at the same time as their friends and family. They can turn on the audio and listen to books being read to them. They can use the built-in dictionary for definitions of words they don’t know and also hear correct pronunciations. They can keep track of what they've read and rate the books with stars from one to five (favorites).
Sioux Trail Elementary School in Burnsville tested myOn last year. Families, students and staff members were enthusiastic about it so myOn went districtwide this summer, said Johnson. It is being funded through the technology referendum passed in 2015.
To access myOn, students can use their regular log-on and password.