Manteca Unified School District blends technology into their curriculum
By Anne Steiner, District Librarian from Manteca Unified School District and Adam Sockel, Social Media Specialist with OverDrive
Manteca Unified School District recently launched their OverDrive digital collection intended to help get their school community excited about reading through their Going Digital project. The district was searching for a digital solution to provide their students around the clock access to content for classes and with OverDrive they found it.
Anne: We launched our OverDrive Library for our high schools in August. MUSD went 1:1 with Windows 8 student devices last spring with our district wide Going Digital project. Moving forward, it was clear that we needed to update our library collection, and OverDrive was the perfect solution for us. We launched our OverDrive Library for our high schools in August. Our staff and students have been very excited about having access to eBooks 24/7, and so has the community. I recently spoke to the Manteca Rotary about OverDrive, and it generated quite a buzz!
Both the students and staff have quickly adopted digital reading and one of their favorite features is the immediacy of the content. They can access titles from school, at home or on the go and if they want to read a title they aren’t currently seeing available they know all they have to do is ask.
Anne: As the word continues to get out, the staff and students are borrowing and reading books, and circulation is increasing daily. One of the best things about OverDrive is the ability to acquire a title almost immediately after a patron recommends it. The kids are excited about the fact that they can recommend and read a title within a day or less!
Manteca is also looking into adding digital textbooks and novel sets through OverDrive for student required reading. As Anne mentions, “if we could have one platform to access all books, that would be awesome.”