Library and Technology Information
If you like ebooks and audio books, MackinVIA is part of Canvas. Logging into Canvas also logs in to MackinVIA. Students can read or listen at home, on the bus or at Metro using a tablet, phone or computer.
Metro's library contains about 5000 books. Stop by the library to see all these books or use the to search for a specific book.
Metro's Library has a non-fiction and fiction section and smaller collections such as graphic novels and the Bluford Series. Biographies are kept in the non-fiction section. Metro uses the Dewey Decimal system to organize or shelve books. All library books have a call number on the book's spine- the call number identifies the book and it's place on the shelf.
- Non-fiction books are organized/shelved by call numbers 000 up to 999.
- Fiction books are organized/shelved by call numbers that are actually alphabetical, the first three letters of the author's last name.
Non-fiction call numbers are defined by the Dewey Decimal System. The ten main classes are:
- 000 Computer science, information & general works
- 100 Philosophy & psychology
- 200 Religion
- 300 Social sciences
- 400 Language
- 500 Science
- 600 Technology
- 700 Arts & recreation
- 800 Literature
- 900 History & geography
Fiction is shelved or arranged alphabetically by author's last name-only the first three letters. For example at the beginning of the fiction section books by Adams have the call numbers FIC Ada. In the middle of the fiction section books by Walter Dean Myers have the call numbers FIC Mye. At the end of the fiction section books by Zusak have the call numbers FIC Zus.
Online Resources and Databases and Technology Information
Free and unlimited access at home, work or school. These resources require a log in and password, get this from Metro staff. The Grant Wood Area Education Agency arranges these resources for students and staff of the Cedar Rapids Community School District.
Student usernames: Usernames begin with 2 random numbers and some form of first initials and last name. If you forget your permanent username ask in the library for help. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year a student keeps the same username as long as they are a student in the Cedar Rapids School District.
New for the 2019 - 2020 school year, across the district, a Chromebook will be issued to each high school student. District goals, the high school Student Device Agreement, and FAQs are on the district website .
With the new Chromebooks students and teachers use Google programs: Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.; all part of Google Suite or G Suite. The district email is now Google email or Gmail. A student Gmail account is the username followed by @crschools.us . An example: Jane Smith's username is 74jsmith, the email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Student passwords: Passwords have to be 8 digits and use 3 of these 4 things:
- a lowercase letter
- a CAPITAL letter
- a number
- a symbol such as %&^*
Passwords have to be changed occasionally to keep profiles secure. Examples of passwords: Sh123456, CARs2324, !Octobe7.
Canvas from home: Open Canvas https://crcsd.instructure.com/ the correct link is on the Metro and district website. Log in using your district email -that's your username with @crschools.us added- and your current password. If you have issues logging in you may need to update your password or check your Canvas address.