AR stands for Accelerated Reader. Accelerated Reader resources are used in elementary and sixth grade classrooms to monitor and record student reading. Students are able to take AR tests and earn AR points for books they read. Testing can be done at school or at home.
The Electronic Library of Minnesota is a collection of online digital resources for student research needs. It houses a variety of databases and encyclopedias. ELM is accessible on campus, but can be accessed off campus with a public library card.
All students at Albany Area Schools are given a Google account through our district745.org domain. This includes access to Google Mail, Drive, Docs, etc. Different apps are restricted depending on student grade level. Parents/guardians sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at the beginning of each school year to "okay" access to this account and other digital resources.
Infinite Campus (IC) is our school student information system (SIS). This includes all student data including grades. Students and parents have access to IC through individual logins. Contact your building's administrative assistant for information on accessing IC.
Our digital library catalog is provided through Follett and is called Destiny. We have an on-campus link provided as well as an off-campus link. Students can search the library catalog and put books on hold through our online catalog. Login information can be acquired from media center staff members. The catalog can still be searched without logging in.
We have launched a new ebook platform for the secondary school through OverDrive. Students can access ebooks and audiobooks through the Overdrive website or the Sora app (search for our school after adding the app). Students use their district Google account to log in. We have just started building our collection so check back often! Also, during the summer OverDrive provides free ebooks and audiobooks to students as well through a school login.
Schoology is used in grades 6-12 and serves as the secondary school's Learning Management System or LMS. (I bet you didn't think you'd get a lesson in educational acronyms on this page! 😉) Schoology houses digital content used by instructors in the classroom. Students use it in and out of class to access class resources and complete assignments. Parents can create a login and see the assignments for their students with a code. Contact the secondary school media staff to obtain your child's Schoology access code.
STAR testing is used at the secondary school as a data collection tool in math and language arts. Students take several tests throughout the year to measure their progress in those subjects and to give instructors data to inform instruction.