BMS Media Newsletter

December 2020


We are off to a running start! 14 readers have logged in a total of 4,394 minutes into Beanstack, but we NEED more help to reach our APS set goal of 523,000 minutes. We ONLY have 235 days to go! Please encourage your students to log in their reading minutes each day into Beanstack. You can also help us reach our goal by logging in your reading minutes also. It only takes a few minutes. Let's reach our GOAL!!!!
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12 Days of Reading - Virtually - Begins December 1!

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Please help us reach our yearly goal of 523,000 minutes!

Britannica Image Quest

Check out Britannica Image Quest! Located in the E-Resources folder in MyBackPack!

Image Quest contains thousands of images, which are rights-cleared for all uses except for for-profit applications.

These images, templates and activities can be used in a variety of ways to enhance our students' visual literacy, such as virtual timelines, see think wonder activities, gallery walks, best- in-search quests, image dictionaries and sequencing activities and more!

For more information, create your account today, click on "help" and take their product tour!

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Britannica ImageQuest: Overview | Britannica Digital Learning


All Atlanta Public School students are patrons of the public library! IT's FREE

1. There is no card involved. Students use the APS username and password.

2. There are no late fees.

3. If student loses a book, the fee is a writing assignment.

MyOn Digital Library is Magical!

How can your students access MyOn?

  • Students in grades 1-8 simply log into MyBackpack and select MyOn
  • Students in all APS

eBooks & eRsources in MyBackPack

MyBackpack eBook Shelf

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

MyBackpack eResources

APS eResources

To access APS eResources, students should log into MyBackpack. Select eResources.

World Almanac (Elem, Middle & HS) - 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

Remind students to take Accelerated Reader test from home!

Please share with your students that AR testing is available while at home! If you have students that you believe should receive a shout out, please email me! I will also be pulling reports and issuing a virtual rewards!

Need to find out if a book is an AR book?

1. Go to Renaissance Accelerated Reader Book Finder at this link:

2. Once there, click on student, or parent
3. In "Quick Search," type the title of the book
4. If the book is indeed an AR title, information about the book will appear, if it is not an AR title, it will say, "No AR Quiz"


AR Book Finder

My Backpack

Copyright and Fair Use for Teachers

APS Race2Read Beanstack

Common Sense Media Education