I am so excited to share some big news from Mackin Educational Resources!
You all know how much I love using MackinVIA with students, teachers, and school communities to share eResources such as eBooks, databases, and audio books. This FREE platform is not only the perfect platform to bring together all of these eResources, students can also personalize MackinVIA with their own Backpack and additions they can make through Highlighting, Note Taking, Citation Creation with EasyBib, and the Dictionary.
When we brought MackinVIA to our school it made such a difference.
Now Mackin has done something really awesome with MackinVIA!
We can now Add and Edit Resources within MackinVIA and this is going to truly change and enhance the experience for everyone within our libraries and schools.
As we have always been able to add any eBooks, database, or audiobook to MackinVIA, we can now add Links from the internet and Videos.
As many digital tools and resources that we all use from the internet, just think how much this will bring to our library collections and libraries.
And it is very easy to start building these resources with MackinVIA too.
Here is how I added and edited within my MackinVIA.
Go to the top under Manage and then to Groups. I created a few new Groups within mine for Makerspace eBooks and Resources, 1st Grade PBL Project, and Digital Tools.
I will use the Digital Tools Group to show you how to add and edit too.
If you want to change anything about the title, description, etc.... within any Group, then you would click on Edit.
You will need to add the title, author or company, and website to create a new entry within MackinVIA. The other fields are optional.
Once you have added these items, click on Save Changes.
For all of the digital tools within the Digital Tools Group I added that to the Classification to make them easier to locate.
I found the digital tool I just added, Videonot.es, and added it to the Digital Tools Group.
And here it is!
When you click on Open Now it takes you right into VideoNot.es.
Over the last few years I have been using Smore and other digital tools as pathfinders in bringing all of the resources together for certain projects, grade levels, and events.
When our 1st graders did their Safety PBL Project last year, I created the Safety Safety Safety Smore, a digital pathfinder, to share all of the eBooks, Capstone's PebbleGO, and various websites.
Now, I can create these pathfinders right in MackinVIA! I love this.
Then I added Links, eBooks, Databases (PebbleGO), and Videos.
And several safety websites for children as Links.
One of the digital tools the first graders used to create their projects was TuxPaint. I included this as a Link within the MackinVIA Group.
This is a great way to tie Flipped Learning right into MackinVIA and your library.
At the end of the Safety PBL Project, all of the children created videos to showcase their projects. I put these together in a Symbaloo.
With the updated MackinVIA I can also add these to the Group within MackinVIA cataloging student work right into our digital collection. Just think about the ownership that this will give our young people. And so easy to share with classmates, parents, and others.
As you can see, MackinVIA brings it all together for us within our libraries and schools making a difference for everyone. I can't wait to see how all of you use MackinVIA and make a difference too.