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New year, new me – PD edition

By: Sydney Kalnay, Training Manager

The new year snuck up on me. When the clock stuck midnight on December 31 I was facing another year of trying to become the best version of myself possible. How did I even get here? 

Luckily, I had already decided to try a new tactic with my learning and development opportunities to make the best bits stick—focusing on quality over quantity. My theory? If learn in smaller doses and try to apply what I’ve learned right away, it’ll sink in and become a regular part of my process.  

If you’d like to try this strategy, too, OverDrive’s Training team will be sharing a short learning tip each month that you can use right away in your classrooms and libraries.  

Here’s what we’re thinking about this month: sharing direct links in Sora. 

What is it? If you’d like your students or colleagues to jump directly to a title, a collection, or even the login page in Sora, you can: 

  1. Log into Sora from your web browser. 
  2. Navigate to the page you’d like to share. 
  3. Copy the entire URL from your address bar. 
  4. Paste to wherever you share links (email, school website, LMS, etc.) 

When the recipient clicks the link, they’ll be taken directly to the page you’ve shared.  

(Note: if they’re not already logged into Sora when they click the link, they’ll be directed to do so first but then will go directly to the link you shared.) 

Next steps: 

Looking for more ways to learn?

Register for one of our upcoming webinars on Sora or Marketplace. They’re quick, fun, and informative, and we have K-12 experts on hand to answer your questions live.  

Can’t make a live session? Register anyway and we’ll automatically send you a link to the recording the next day.  

Sora Essentials: The Reader Experience

Tuesday, January 10 at 12:00 PM (ET)
Learn the basics of Sora so you can start exploring and help others get started, too. 

Marketplace Essentials: The Shopping & Admin Portal

Thursday, January 26 at 3:00 PM (ET)
Learn the basics of Marketplace, the shopping and administrative portal. 

Thanks, and happy reading! 


About the Author:

Sydney, the Training Manager at OverDrive, is deeply engaged with technology and education as a creator, developer, and instructor. She has designed and delivered classroom training and e-learning experiences for diverse audiences since 2002. She loves pretending she’s already a famous YA novelist, spending time with her cat-familiar, and listening to nothing but Nothing But Thieves.

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