Mackin: A new resource provided by GPAEA Media Services

Tricia Slecta, GPAEA Media Integrationist Specialist

MackinVIA_Logo_BlackGreenMackin is a perfect resource for today’s 21st century learners. Since students are used to having information just a click away, Mackin now provides GPAEA area schools access to thousands of ebooks and GPAEA databases. All it takes is just a click and single sign on. Mackin is more than just an ebook reader. It also has many unique features that makes this resource a powerful literacy asset in the classroom.

Mackin has many features:

  • Students can have 24/7 online and offline access, anywhere, anytime. This feature is beneficial to students without wifi at home. They can download books at school read them at home, take notes and upload them when they return to school the next day.
  • Students can make custom lists of digital resources with MackinVIA Groups. Teachers can create a group and have all the books needed for the topic gathered in a group ready for students to read.
  • MackinVIA Categories provide a quick and easy way to find digital resources by subject. MackinVIA Backpack provides easy access to checkouts, requests, favorites, and notebook. Students can easily link to a school’s Accelerated Reader Enterprise account to take their AR quizzes online, directly through MackinVIA.
  • Students can highlight and underline text and create notes. Students can view lists of highlights/notes in “My Notebook”. Notes can also be saved in google drive thus allowing students the ability to share notes and collaborate with teachers and classmates.  It also includes an integrated Merriam-Webster™ dictionary. Citations are available through EasyBib™.
  • Teachers can add favorite websites and URLs to the links menu. Furthermore, they can upload their lesson to Mackin and have all the website and links in one location. In this way, students then log in to Mackin and start the lesson easily because all the resources are in one location.
  • It is Section 508 compliant making the site and platform more accessible and user-friendly for those with disabilities.

How to Access:

  1. Visit gpaea.org and click on the Mackin logo or type in your browser on any device mackinvia.com.
  2. Get your school username and password from your teacher librarian or request it through email from mediacenter@gpaea.org.
  3. Start to use Mackinvia today.
  4. For further assistance visit this site for tutorials http://help.mackin.com/video/mackinvia-overviews/
  5. Explore, Expound, and Expand your knowledge with Mackin.

2016-17 Second Chance For Reading Learning Opportunity

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Fran McVeigh, Literacy Consultant

Great Prairie AEA has provided professional development for trained Second Chance for Reading (SCR) teachers since 2007-2008.  This learning has enhanced teachers’ skill and knowledge in developing standards-based Read Aloud Think Alouds with emphasis on higher levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.  SCR continues to be a Tier 2 option for MS and HS staff who want to improve student literacy skills as well as encourage students to be life-long readers. This year’s days for trained teachers will be at the Ottumwa GPAEA office on Monday, October 31 and Monday, March 6 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Teachers who have completed the initial seven days of training may register here.

What is Second Chance for Reading?

The purpose of Second Chance Reading is to remediate reading deficits for secondary students who otherwise would struggle with the demands of the secondary curriculum. SCR provides a specific course designed specifically for middle and high school students who are reading below grade level. SCR helps students to increase their independent reading, develop vocabulary, and improve comprehension, fluency, and writing. The intended outcomes of SCR are to:

  • accelerate achievement in reading comprehension by increasing reading comprehension scores and vocabulary on the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Inventory by at least one grade level
  • increase students’ access to print and wide reading
  • increase students’ fluency

If you have questions, please contact Fran McVeigh at fran.mcveigh@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 ext. 5817.