APS Media Services Newsletter

Distance Learning Resources

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Hats off to each our our APS Media Specialists! You are providing valuable resources to your school community. You are creating spaces for relaxed, enjoyable learning. You are critical to the success of our district's distance learning.

Check out these additional resources curated by you!

Dr. Jackman (Dobbs ES) has created this document highlighting apps and websites that connect with Google classroom.

When we return from spring break, Brian Ashley will share information about how you can create an APP full of games and important information to share with your community.

Thank you all for being an advocate for reading and being an important resource for our students and staff.

APS District eBook Shelf

To access the APS eBook shelf, students should log into MyBackpack. Select the eBooks tile. From here, all apps are accessible for student use.

To access apps requiring username/password, use the following credentials:

TumbleBook Library/Cloud

Username: atlantaps

Password: books

Big Timber Books

Username: atlantaps

Password: readmore

APS eResources

To access APS eResources, students should log into MyBackpack. Select the eResources tile. From here, all apps are accessible for student use.

To access apps requiring username/password, use the following credentials:

World Almanac (Elem, Middle & HS) - no additional log in required

Vocabulary.com - no additional log in required

National Geographic Kids: Password: readmore

Infobits - Password: readmore

Learn360: no additional log in required

Britannica Image Quest - no additional log in required

Blooms Literature - no additional log in required

Class Pass @ APS: Fulton County Library Access

If you are an Atlanta Public Schools student or employee you already have access to dozens of resources, including online databases, eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming videos, as well as hundreds of thousands of books available at libraries throughout the city of Atlanta and Fulton County. If you are an APS student, all you need is your student username and your lunch code to get started. If you are an APS employee, have your Employee ID ready and click here to get started.

Employee Access

Username: Your Lawson Number

Pin: Changeme

Student Access

Username: Network user name (what students use to log into MyBackpack)

Pin: Lunch number

Please note: The following apps require the creation of a username/password:

Mango languages, Hoopla, Learning Express Library, rb Digital, and Universal Class.


Help APS reach 10 million minutes of independent reading by logging all of your minutes into Beanstack! How many badges have you earned?

APS Student Log In: https://www.beanstack.com/race2read

Select your school

Username: Network Username (My Backpack Log In)

Password: race2read

Non student/Non homeroom teacher log in

Create an account by visiting https://race2read.beanstack.org/reader365

eBooks for Everyone!

Thanks to the generosity of Renaissance, MyOn is now accessible for all APS students. MyOn provides eBooks of various levels. Some highlights on MyOn include:

  • News articles available M-F. Articles are reviewed by a child psychologist prior to being shared with students when reporting on sensitive topics;
  • Maps showing where news stories take place;
  • Comprehension questions at the end of news articles
  • Ability for teachers to assign books to students;
  • Additional book suggestions at the end of news articles;
  • MyOn news (and other books) available in three languages: English, French & Spanish.

How can your students access MyOn?

  • Students in grades 1-12 simply log into MyBackpack and select MyOn

  • Students in APS PreK & Kindergarten:


School name: APS Early Reading

student username: student

student password: books

  • Students outside of APS:


School name: Get Georgia Reading

student username: yourcounty (e.g. fultoncounty)

student password: read

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Galileo Password: replica

AJC eNewspaper - FREE

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is offering its eNewspaper to everyone while we are away from school.
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HRRB 2021

Believe it or not, its time to start gearing up for the 2021 HRRB! While the Dekalb HRRB steering committee has not released the official titles, the Georgia Children's Book Award Nominees have been announced. Historically, these are the exact titles that are included in the HRRB list.

Even though the Fulton County Public Library System is closed, many of the titles are available digitally. View the image below to locate available books. This could be a great start for your HRRB team!

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Virtual Read Alouds

Now is the time to take advantage of all of the actors and authors who are sharing their craft with us! Here is a list of a few virtual reading opportunities that you can share with your students.

R. J. Palacio - Twitter - 12:00pm est - Wednesday

Book Title: Wonder

Hear Robert Munsch read his books on his website

Fulton County Public Library System - FB Live - 11:00 - Daily

Mo Willems - Lunch Doodles - New Episode @ 1pm - Daily

Mac Barnett - IG Live - 12:00 pst - Daily

James Dean - IG Live - 12:00 est - Mon-Fri

Peter Reynolds - FB Live - 12:00 est - Mon-Fri

Various Voice Actors - Visit IG site for schedule - @voiceactorsread

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APS Media Services

Patrice Laird-Walker, Ed.S

Media Services Coordinator



Jennifer Saunders, Ed.S.

Media Specialist At-Large



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