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Opposing Viewpoints (Cengage-Gale)

This database, which develops research skills and promotes issue awareness, information literacy and critical thinking, will support the new Common Core Curriculum Standards adopted by New York State. It contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Students of all levels will benefit from a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.

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Categories: News, Reference, Resources, and Teens.

hoopla

Hoopla is a digital media service that enables patrons to borrow a wide selection of movies, television shows, educational/instructional videos, documentaries, full music albums, and audiobooks via a browser, smartphone or tablet (via iOS devices and select Android devices). hoopla was born in 2011 and first released in January 2013 to meet the needs of libraries and their patrons moving towards the use of digital technology. Log in to hoopla digital.


Features

  • Free streaming service for White Plains Public Library cardholders.
  • Many advantages over the use of physical DVDs (no late fees, etc.)
  • Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, and more, 24/7.
  • One only needs a Library card, a web browser, smartphone or tablet to get started.
  • Closed captioning of video content is supported where available and/or required.
  • No ads or commercials while viewing or listening to content.
  • New content is added weekly.
  • You can digitally borrow 12 items per month. The number of circulations will be reset at the start of each month.
  • Most movie and TV content is available for 72 hours (3 days) after borrowing (a very small number of movie titles are available for 48 hours). Music albums are available for 7 days, and audiobooks are available for 21 days.
  • You must have a valid White Plains Public Library card and PIN number and be in good standing with the Library.
  • You will need an e-mail address and will need to create a password.
  • To borrow titles: Go to the hoopla digital mobile app or the hoopla website and browse available content. Select a title and click the “Borrow” button on the title details page. Once a title is borrowed, it will be added to your “Borrowed” titles. From there, you can play the title on your mobile device or PC. (Please note that in order to play content on your web browser, a plug-in called “Widevine” must be installed. Your web browser should prompt you to download this plug-in the first time you attempt to view content on your web browser. This is a one-time installation and you should not be prompted for the plug-in again.) One can return the title before the lending period has expired by clicking the “Return” button on the title detail page. (Please note that returning a title early does not give users additional borrows for that month.)
  • Web Browsershoopla supports Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari(Mac) Some other browsers may work, but those listed have been confirmed to work. Please ensure you have the most up to date versions of these browsers.
  • iOS (apple devices) – hoopla can be put on iOS devices that run the latest version of iOS. This includes: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s/5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 2 and newer, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch 5th generation and newer. Also, one can stream video on AppleTV using AirPlay with iOS 7
  • Android The hoopla mobile app is available for Android smartphones and tablets. The hoopla digital app is compatible with select Android devices, including most devices that support Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above. This also includes the Nook HD and HD+ tablets.
  • Kindle The hoopla digital app is also now compatible with 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX tablets. You can download the app through the Amazon Appstore on your Kindle Fire HDX tablet.
  • Roku, Chromecast, Windows app store, game consoles At this time, hoopla is not available on game consoles, Windows Apps Store, Roku, or Chromecast but please stay tuned for future enhancements.
  • Firefox is one of the easiest browsers to use hoopla (on PC).
  • Widevine must be installed. Widevine is a plug-in that hoopla uses via your web browser to play our video content. Widevine is a free add-on for your browser that is owned by Google. If you do not already have this installed, when you attempt to play a video title in your web browser you will see a notification that will direct you to the Widevine website. From there, you simply need to click on Install Now and follow the on screen prompts. If you are preparing ahead of time, you can go directly to that website yourself at this link.
  • Many issues you might be facing with the hoopla mobile app can be solved by force closing and re-opening the app. This essentially restarts your connection to Hoopla. Here are some steps on how to force close the mobile app:
  • iOS: 1. Double tap your device’s home button and find the hoopla app card. 2. Swipe the app upwards and off the screen to close the app. 3. Tap on app icon again to re-open.
  • Android: 1. Open the settings menu of your device and tap on applications (sometimes called applications manager). 2. Make sure “downloaded” is the selected menu at the top or bottom of the screen. 3. Find and tap the hoopla app. Then, tap the “force quit” button. 4. Re-open the app.
“Whenever I try to borrow content, I am told to check my account settings. Everything checks out, what am I missing?”

  • Most times, your card has expired, or your library account may be in a negative status. This can possibly be cleared up with a visit to the library for further assistance.
“I changed my password on the website and now I my mobile apps are not working. What is going on?”

  • Sometimes, the mobile apps do not work after you have changed your password on another device. Try logging out of your mobile device by going to settings and clicking sign out. Then log back in with your new username and/or password.
“Where can I find the hoopla app?”

  • The hoopla digital mobile app can be found in the App Store on your iOS device, the Google Play store on your Android device, and the Amazon Appstore on your Kindle Fire HDX. Search for “hoopla digital” to find and download the app.
“I keep receiving a message that ‘Communications with our server failed’. How can I get past this message?”

  • To remove this message, simply head to the settings menu inside the hoopla app. Tap on “Log Out” and then log back in. The error message will be removed, and you can use hoopla normally again.
“Do I need to be connected to the internet to access hoopla?”

  • Yes, to browse hoopla content and to stream content over Wi-Fi, 3G and/or 4G you must be connected to the internet. However, on our mobile app, you can complete a temporary download to play content without an internet connection.
“Can I use hoopla offline?”

  • All titles are available for streaming and temporary downloads to a mobile device. Borrowed titles are only available for download on mobile devices such as iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) and supported Android phones or tablets.
  • On hoopla mobile apps, you can complete a temporary download to play content when an internet connection is unavailable. On iOS devices, simply tap the cloud icon and wait for the “download complete” message before entering your device into Airplane Mode. On our Android app, the process is the same, but look for the word DOWNLOAD in the upper right hand corner.
Categories: Movies, Music, Resources, and Teens.

tutor.com

Online Tutor is available every day from 2 to 11pm in both English and Spanish. Students in grades 4 and up can connect to tutors in an online classroom for help in math, science, social studies, and English. In the online classroom, students and tutors can review specific homework questions using features such as controlled chat, an interactive white board, and shared web browsing. Tutor and students remain anonymous, and sessions are routinely reviewed for quality control.

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Categories: Education, Kids, Resources, Teens, Testing, and Training.

lynda.com

Learn a new skill or enhance a skill you already have by taking any one of lynda.com’s 5,784 online courses in business, web & software development, graphic & web design, music, photography, etc.

Watch and learn from top experts who are passionate about teaching. Courses for all levels cover technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. Watch from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Learn what you want, when you want, and practice with the instructor’s files while you watch and listen.

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Categories: Education, Resources, Teens, and Training.