Mid-Continent Public Library is making an intentional effort to collaborate with teachers by providing quality classroom-appropriate content and educating teachers in the use of this content. The first step in this process was creating teacher accounts for any educator who expressed interest in using Mid-Continent resources. These teacher accounts allow educators to display and use any digital content provided by Mid-Continent within the classroom (OTMS teacher accounts do not allow for the checkout of printed materials). If you do not have a Mid-Continent teacher account, contact Felicia Akins at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in applying. Students were also given the opportunity to create accounts. Just because many students took advantage of this offer does not necessarily mean that they remember their library number or even know the location of their library card. The easiest remedy for lost cards (or for students who never applied for a card) is displaying your teacher account number in a permanent place in your room. Students can login to Mid-Continent using your teacher account number and access the content during your class without wasting time associated with locating their own account number. If students have access to their account number and wifi at home, they can access all off the resources available through Mid-Continent while off campus.
I will list a few resources available through Mid-Continent, but all of their online resources are accessible through their website. There is also printed material containing summaries of their online resources available in the OTMS library. (Descriptions are taken directly from the Mid-Continent website.)
World Book Online contains easy-to-understand encyclopedia articles, as well as links to related websites and magazine articles. An atlas is also included. Entries incorporate sounds, pictures, videos, and animations to make the information come alive. This resource is great for students of all ages. (Fort Osage no longer subscribes to World Book Online because it is now available through Mid-Continent.)
Live Homework Help connects students with expert tutors for live, one-on-one help with homework assignments. Use Live Homework Help from your home computer or inside the Library to complete your homework assignments and improve your grades. Available seven days a week for English and Spanish-speaking students in grades K-12 from noon to midnight. In addition, the Skills Center is open 24/7 and offers thousands of worksheets, tutorials, study guides, practice tests, and more.
The WriteTutor Writing Center’s Live Tutor service is open from noon to midnight, seven days a week, and offers one-on-one online assistance in English and en Español. Students can get real-time help on reports, essays, and papers. Adults get real-time help with writing resumes and cover letters, polishing business letters and proposals, and proofreading papers and essays. Tutors explain the writing and proofreading process.
Access Video provides instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos covering a wide range of subjects, such as business, career planning, health, history, travel, and more. Access Video videos can be viewed on PCs, Macs, iPads, and other Internet-enabled mobile devices.
Encyclopedia Britannica: Search or browse the encyclopedia alphabetically or by subject to find in-depth articles, related websites, video clips, and more. Check out the world atlas, timelines, year in review, and the spotlight archive with exhibits on dinosaurs, thunderstorms, the Titanic, and more.