overdrive fall tour 2016By: Melissa Higey, Manager, School Partner Services.

After traveling to 9 states (including 1 in Canada), the OverDrive Education team has completed the OverDrive Education K-12 Fall Tour! We enjoyed meeting many of you, our school partners, in person. We had over 250 teachers, librarians, curriculum coordinators, technology specialists, and others take part. They left with tools to make the most of OverDrive in the school community and classroom.

Did you miss us this time around? Stay tuned for more information on our spring plans.

OverDrive is for everyone in your school community

At each session of the OverDrive Education K-12 Fall Tour, our goal was to ensure that every person left us with a call to action. Attendees learned how to increase usage and awareness of digital content in their school community. We covered topics from the benefits and features of our browser-based readers, OverDrive Read and OverDrive Listen, to using digital content in the classroom. Attendees learned new tips and tricks for Marketplace, as well as how to access valuable marketing and training resources in the Resource Center.

One of the best aspects of the workshop format of the session was the chance for all of you to interact with each other and our team. Each group had discussions on a variety of topics, from how to get more students involved in digital content creation, to using OverDrive to assign class sets. We learned from OverDrive veterans and newbies, and appreciated hearing your stories from the field. Our team also gained valuable feedback, insight, and questions that we have taken back home with us to help grow the future of OverDrive Education.

OverDrive Education K-12 Fall Tour educator takeaways

At the end of each session during the OverDrive Education K-12 Fall Tour, we invited feedback. Here’s what some of you had to say:

“Publish publish publish student work!”

“There are more functions than I thought before, not just for eBooks!”

“I have to advocate to my administrators to be present in the digital world!”

“Love the support and collaboration that is going on behind the scenes, ease of navigating resources cultured to seasonal and institutional needs! Great pacing & info for users!”

“Reminded of all the new features we haven’t tried yet. Great stuff.”

“Awesome! OverDrive is the school librarians answer for digital content supporting a culture of reading.”

Thank you to all of our hosts and attendees for a great fall tour, and we look forward to meeting many new faces in the spring! Check your email and the blog for more information in the coming months.

Check out our upcoming events on our events page.