Getting Started with myON (Administrators and Teacher)

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.

Logging in

Log in at to begin using myON. For more information, see How to Log In to myON.

Welcome Banner

The first time each teacher logs in to myON, they see a banner at the top of the page with a quick overview of myON. Select the Browse Books button if you would like to start exploring books right away. If you select either Browse Books or Close, the banner will close and will not be shown again.

select Browse Books in the Welcome banner

Users and Classes

There are two different ways to add your students, teachers and School Administrators and to set up your classes:

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).

Demo Student

Teachers 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 (Teachers).

Interest Inventory

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' years, tested reading range, previous reading and book ratings.

Students up to year 6 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.

interest inventory page for younger students

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.

interest inventory page for older students

Linking Star Scores

myON uses Star scores to determine students' reading range. For more information, see Linking Star Reading Scores to Student Records in myON.

Finding Books in the Library

Students select Library at the top of the myON window to start looking for books.

select Library at the top of the page

Teachers, School Administrators, and Group Administrators also have access to the Library options described below.

Recommended Books

Students select Recommended to see books that are recommended to them based on their year and their interest inventory. (Students' Star scores are also used if they are available.)

select Library, then Recommended

When teachers who do not have a year set selected Recommended, myON will ask them to select a year so that they can see which books would be recommended for students in that year. Teachers use the drop-down list to select a year; then, they select Save to continue. If teachers select Cancel, they will see overall book recommendations, not based on year.

select the year level from the drop-down list, then select Save

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.

example of a suggested book

Students will also see many categories of recommended books, including Books in their ZPD (reading range), top picks, books popular with students in their year and books about the topics they chose as interesting to them. Students choose the arrow in a row to see more books.

example of  top books and books in the student's ZPD

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 Year includes books that have been finished, rated and reviewed in the student's year.

For teachers, the books shown for a ZPD and the books shown for a year both have drop-down lists. You can select different ZPD ranges and years 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.

example of the Because I Like drop-down list

To see more information about a book, students select the book cover. To open the book and start reading it, students select the read button. To see information about the book, students select the info button. To add the book to their favourites, students select the add button. For some books, students may also be able to choose to take an Accelerated Reader Quiz by selecting the Take AR Quiz button.

book hover options

How book options are different for teachers and administrators: As a teacher, the options available to you for books are different. For each book, you will see the reading level (the year based on the ATOS book level, a Read button, an Add to Favourites 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 Favourites and Bundles or add the book to a project.

teacher book view

To see the book information window described below, teachers and administrators select the book cover or the title.

If a student clicks the Info button, a window with information about the book will open.

book information window example

Next to each piece of information on the right, students can click more like this button 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 information button. 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 book reviews button - star button.


Students Select Browse to choose books by category.

select Library, then Browse

Students choose one of the categories to see books in that category. Then, they choose a subcategory.

select a category

select 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 non-fiction or only graphic novels.

example of books in a category with filters showing

In Browse, Favourites & 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, book information and Add to Favourites 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 recommended years and the length of the audio in hours:minutes:seconds.

For teachers 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. Drop-down lists let you select a reading level and/or fiction or non-fiction, and a tick box lets you narrow results to graphic novels only.

Favourites and Bundles

When students select Library, then Favourites and Bundles, the Favourites include the books that the student added using the Add icon in a list of books or the favourites button when viewing a book's information. It is a good place for students to save books that they are interested in reading.

Teachers can also use Favourites and Bundles to create lists of books that they would like to use with a project or share with students. For more information, see Favourites and Book Bundles.


Students select Search to look for books by title, author or other book information.

select Library, then Search

Students can also search using filters; to start, they select filter icon or filter icon (the button depends on the student's year). Filters allow students to find books that are fiction or non-fiction, books with certain book or reading levels, books for your year or types of stories. For more information, see Using Filters When Searching.

example of a book search using the word ocean

Reading Books

Once a student has chosen to read a book, the student has access to many options and tools.

example of an open book

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.

volume control selected

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 favourites. (Teachers and administrators also have a button to copy the book link for sharing with other users on their site.)

pages control selected

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.

side buttons

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.

example of the finished book page

The student can then rate the book and write a review. On the same page, if an Accelerated Reader quiz is available, the student can select Take AR Quiz (see Accelerated Reader Quizzes 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 Targets.

example of the reader meter for younger students with a rocket

example of the reader meter for older students with gauges

Teachers or students can also generate the student profile report.

myON News

If your school has myON News powered by News-O-Matic, it provides 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.

example of the news page

Getting Information About Your Students' Reading

Teachers can view information about students' reading on the Teacher Dashboard. You can see how many books students have finished, how many pages they have read and how much time they have spent reading.

example of the teacher dashboard

the data views available for the teacher dashboard

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.

teacher view of the books a student read

Another place to get more information is in the reports. Depending on your role, you can select My Group, My School or Classroom, then Reports. myON Reports give you access to information on your students' reading in myON 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?.