We have just received access to two new eBook collections through GALILEO, eBook High School Collection and eBook Academic Collection. A great feature of the GALILEO eBook collections is that multiple users can access the same book simultaneously, so there is no waiting for the book to be available, like you may experience for eBooks offered through public library eBook collections. You and a friend, or a whole book club, can be reading the same book for free! Search for books for leisure reading, or research, by exploring the eBook collection databases which are linked under the General Research Database section on WheelerLibrary.com. These collections contain over 150,000 books; if you would like to know more about searching the collections, creating a link to a book, or linking to a page within a book, stop by Wheeler Library for assistance. For off-campus access, you will need the GALILEO password.
Office 365 allows each student to install Microsoft Office on up to five PCs or Macs and five mobile devices, and provides access to Microsoft Office online applications. Parental consent is required before students can access Office 365 applications. Parents may provide consent through Synergy ParentVUE, or by responding to the parental consent email from Office365ParentalConsent@cobbk12.org. View the instructional video for further information about providing consent through ParentVUE; you may contact Judy.Collins@Cobbk12.org for assistance with setting up a Synergy ParentVUE account. Once a parent responds to the consent email, selecting option 1, the student may gain access to all of the resources by signing in at login.microsoftonline.com, using the following format: First.Last@students.cobbk12.org and their CCSD computer login password.
OneDrive is one of the many useful features that come with online access to CCSD’s Office 365. When students use their @students.cobbk12.org account to access OneDrive, they have 1TB of storage in the cloud. They can easily save files to their OneDrive from the menus in Microsoft Office 2013 programs, such as Word or PowerPoint. Files saved to OneDrive may be retrieved on any device with Internet access. Students may visit the Media Center and ask Dr. Bryan for a demonstration of Office 365 Online Apps or for assistance using OneDrive for storing files in the cloud. Further information about getting started may be found on WheelerLibrary.com’s Technology Tools and Tips page.
Passwords for students who attended a Cobb County School last year remain the same. Newly enrolled students must log in to a school computer with their student ID number and the initial password happy and then create their own password. Once a student has set up their own password on a school computer it will become their password for StudentVue, allowing students to check on grades for each of their classes. Synergy StudentVue can be accessed under quick links on the side of WheelerHigh.com or WheelerLibrary.com. Students who are unable to logon to a school computer may request assistance from a library staff member. Parents may contact Judy.Collins@cobbk12.org for assistance with logging in to ParentVue to view their student’s grades.
Files created in, or uploaded to, Google Drive are available everywhere that you have internet access. All Wheeler students have an @WheelerHigh.com Google Drive account ready for use. To get started go to Drive.Google.com and login using the following format: email@example.com for your email address, and your student number followed by whs as the password (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org, 12345whs). You may create folders to organize work for different classes and projects. Simple instructions for new users of Google Drive are available on WheelerLibrary.com’s Technology Tips webpage. Wheeler Library staff members are happy to provide assistance if you have any questions.
Cobb County Public Library is sponsoring a summer reading program for students from local schools. Between May 26th and July 22nd, students may submit up to 10 book reviews through the CCPL form at cobbcat.org/teenreview. Each entry will be entered for a chance to win one of four Kindle Fires. Start reading and writing your reviews now, to be prepared to enter the contest early and often! Checkout CCPL’s collection of books by searching CobbCat.org. For information on obtaining a CCPL card read the Applying for a Cobb County Library Card post.
Congratulations to 10th grader Amara Holland, the Media Center’s February contest winner! Of the 337 contest entries, Amara’s guess of 584 chocolate kisses was the only guess of the exact number.
Be sure to hop into the Media Center in March to check out a book. Students checking out a book will be entered to win a chocolate bunny!
Many of the books for our last major order of the school year have arrived and been processed. Stop by the library to browse the new books that are on display and available for checkout. We also ordered 77 new eBooks that can be quickly downloaded to your device by using a QR code reader. Wheeler Library’s eBooks have no due date, so you may keep them as long as you like, without needing to renew! Look for the posters listing our newest eBooks on the columns as you enter the library. Ask a Wheeler Library staff member if you would like a recommendation for a QR reader app, or a demonstration on how you can access the eBooks from a link in our online catalog.