Getting Started with myON (Administrators and Faculty)
myON gives students the opportunity to engage in the frequent, high-quality reading practice that fuels literacy growth with 24/7 access to thousands of enhanced digital books and age-appropriate news articles.
Log in to begin using myON. Depending on your license, you and your students may log in at www.myon.com, or you may access myON from the same Home page that you use to access other Renaissance software. You may also log in using Clever. For more information, see How to Log In to myON.
Welcome Banner or Introduction
If you are a Faculty member, the first time you log in to myON, you will either see a welcome banner at the top of the page or an introduction to help you get started.
If you see a banner at the top of the page, select the Browse Books button if you'd like to start exploring books right away. If you select either Browse Books or Close, the banner will close and won't be shown again.
If you see an introduction to myON, follow the prompts in the introduction to learn more about the program.
Users and Rosters
How you set up your myON users and rosters depends on where you log in to myON:
If you log in at myON.com
There are a few different ways to add your students, Faculty, and Building Administrators and to set up your rosters:
If you open myON from the Renaissance software home page
Your students, Faculty, and rosters are brought into myON from your Renaissance software overnight. New students and Faculty can use myON before the information is brought into myON.
How Students Start Using myON
Students log in to myON or access it through their Renaissance software Home page (see How to Log In to myON for more information).
Faculty can explore myON as a demo student; the View Demo Student link is available at the top of every myON page. For more information, see Using the Demo Student (Faculty).
The first time students use myON, they will be asked to complete the interest inventory to tell myON what type of books they are most interested in; this helps myON recommend books in conjunction with students' grade levels, tested reading range, previous reading, and book ratings.
Students up to 5th grade see choices like the ones below. For each category on the page, they choose the face that shows how interested they are in that category. When they finish, students select Save at the top or bottom of the page.
For older students, the interest inventory looks like the example below. For each category on the page, students choose the circle that shows how interested they are in books in that category. The circle farthest to the left shows the least interest; the circle farthest to the right shows the most interest. When students finish, they select Save at the top or bottom of the page.
If your version of myON uses the myON placement test or Star scores, myON uses those scores to determine students' reading range. For more information, see Understanding Placement Test Functionality.
If your version of myON uses Lexile® assessments to determine students' reading ability, after students finish the interest inventory, they receive assessment questions. When the assessment is done, students go to their myON Home page. For more information, see myON Reader Lexile® Assessments.
Regardless of the version of myON you are using, you may also have Fastbridge scores that myON has imported for you.
Finding Books in the Library
Students select Library at the top of the myON window to start looking for books.
Faculty, Building Administrators, and District Administrators also have access to the Library options described below.
Watch this brief video to learn more about using the library as a teacher:
Students select Recommended to see books that are recommended to them based on their grade and their interest inventory. (Students' Lexile® or Star scores are also used if they are available.)
When teachers who don't have a grade set select Recommended, myON will ask them to select a grade so that they can see which books would be recommended for that grade level. Teachers use the drop-down list to select a grade; then, they select Save to continue. If teachers select Cancel, they'll see overall book recommendations, not based on grade.
First students see a few book ideas at the top of the page. The book shown will change after a few seconds, but students can also use the arrows to see the next or last book.
Students will also see many categories of recommended books. These might include books in their ZPD (reading range), top picks, books from special collections, books like ones the student has already read, new books, books popular with students in the grade, and books about the topics the student chose as interesting. Students choose the arrow in a row to see more books.
Top Picks includes books that are similar to the last 25 books the student has finished and rated in myON. Because You Read includes books that are similar to books the student finished and rated in the past 6 months. Books Popular in Your Grade includes books that have been finished, rated, and reviewed in the student's grade.
Faculty do not see Top Picks, and Books in your ZPD is called "Books in your ZPD Reading Range." For both that category and "Books Popular In," you will see drop-down lists, with the appropriate ZPD and grade selected by default. You can select different ZPD ranges and grades to see how recommendations change.
Students can select the drop-down list in the "Because I Like" category of recommended books to choose a different category. Students may also have a category that lets them choose to see recommended books in a specific language.
To see more information about a book, students select the book cover. To open the book and start reading it, students select the button. To record themselves reading the book, students select the button. To see information about the book, students select the button. To add the book to their favorites, students select the button. For some books, students may also be able to choose to take an Accelerated Reader Quiz by selecting the button.
How book options are different for Faculty and Administrators: As a teacher, the options available to you for books are different. For each book, you will see the ATOS book level), a Read button, an Add to Favorites link, and a Share drop-down list. When you select Share, you can choose to copy the book link to share with another user on your myON site, add the book directly to a bundle in your Favorites and Bundles, or add the book to a project.
To see the book information window described below, Faculty and Administrators select the book cover or the title.
If a student clicks the button, a window with information about the book will open.
Next to each piece of information on the right, students can click to see more books like this one. For example, students could find more books from the same book series by clicking the icon next to the Book Series name.
To see more information about the book, students click . Students can see the author, the audio length, the ATOS book level, the AR quiz number, and the copyright date.
To see book reviews, students click .
Students Select Browse to choose books by category.
Students choose one of the categories to see books in that category. Then, they can choose a subcategory.
Students will then see the books in that category. If students select the (filter) icon, they can also choose whether to see only fiction books, only nonfiction, or only graphic novels.
In Browse, Favorites & Bundles, and Search, students can choose whether to see the book covers (the default Grid view) or to see a list of books with a description of each book. In the list view, the read book, record book, take AR quiz, book information, and Add to Favorites options are to the right; students can also open the book information window by selecting the book cover or title. Students can also see the book's ATOS book level, the publisher-recommended grades, and the length of the audio in hours:minutes:seconds.
For Faculty and Administrators, when you select Browse and choose a category, the subcategories are shown at the top of the page, making it easy to switch between all books in the category and a specific subcategory. You can use the ATOS Level drop-down list to specify books in a range of levels, or you can enter your own range. You can also choose to see fiction or nonfiction books, and a check box lets you narrow results to graphic novels only.
Favorites and Bundles
When students select Library, then Favorites and Bundles, the Favorites include the books that the student added using the icon in a list of books or the button when viewing a book's information. It is a good place for students to save books that they are interested in reading.
Faculty can also use Favorites and Bundles to create lists of books that they would like to use with a project or share with students. For more information, see Favorites and Book Bundles.
Students select Search to look for books by title, author or other book information.
Students can also search using filters; to start, they select or (the button depends on the student's grade). Filters allow students to find books that are fiction or nonfiction, books with certain book or reading levels, books for your grade, or types of stories. For more information, see Using Filters When Searching.
Once a student has chosen to read a book, the student has access to many options and tools.
If audio is available, the student can play the audio, pause it, adjust the volume, go back 10 seconds, or start the audio at a specific spot. For details, see Audio Options. Teachers can control whether students have access to audio when they read books.
Students can also go to a specific page, zoom in or out, or view the book full screen, and they can also add the book to their favorites. (Faculty and Administrators also have a button to copy the book link for sharing with other users on their site.)
Students can also open book resources, use the dictionary, use tools to annotate the book, write journal entries, or choose settings for audio speed, annotations, highlighting, and where the buttons appear.
For more information about the options and tools available to students while reading, see Book Reader and Literacy Tools.
When a student has read all of the pages and has met the criteria for the time required to read the book, the student can select I have finished this book!.
The student can then rate the book and write a review. On the same page, if your school has Accelerated Reader and an AR quiz is available, the student can select Take AR Quiz (see Accelerated Reader Quizzes in myON).
If a myON book quiz is available, the student can also take the myON quiz after saving their book review. For more information, see How Book Quizzes Work in myON.
How Students See Their Progress
A dashboard shows students goals and how many minutes they have read this week and month, how many books they have finished, and how many pages they have read. Younger students see a Reader Meter like the first example below. Older students see gauges like the second example below. For more information, see Student Dashboard and Goals.
Teachers or students can also generate the student profile report.
If your school has myON News powered by News-O-Matic, it provides K–8 students with age-appropriate news articles. Students learn about the world around them as they develop stronger digital and media literacy skills. Each day students see a new edition of myON news with a new set of articles. For more information, see Getting Started with myON News, Powered by News-O-Matic.
Getting Information About Your Students' Reading
Teachers can view information about students' reading on the Teacher Dashboard. You can see students' reading level information from their most recent assessment, how many books students have finished, how many pages they've read, how much time they have spent reading, how they are doing on book quizzes, which projects have been assigned to students, and the recordings students have made of their own reading. Depending on your license and student assessment scores, you may also see tabs for Content Read (fiction versus nonfiction) and Lexile® scores.
To see which books an individual student has read, select the student's name, then make sure Books read is selected on the student page.
Another place to get more information is in the reports. Depending on your role, you can select My District, My School, or Classroom, then Reports. myON Reports give you access to information on your students' reading in myON, book quizzes, assessment scores, and progress. They can also help you see which books and categories are most popular with your students. You can set goals on reports and compare them to your students' actual performance. For more information, see What Type of Data Is Shown on Each Report?.