OverDrive Education Presentations at AASL
Visit us at booth #509!
Learn all about Sora, OverDrive's student reading app, and get a chance to see how others are implementing digital content to engage their students and staff. There will be a chance to win a Sora t-shirt at the end of each session, so don't miss out!.
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Thursday, October 19th
Webb School of Knoxville (TN)
Using social media & hobbies to get kids reading magazines
6:00pm ESTLearn how Kate Lewallen, Head Librarian at Webb School of Knoxville (TN), used National Hobby Month to highlight their magazine collection in the Sora student reading app, successfully engaging with music buffs, gamers, sports fans, gearheads, chefs, scientists and adventurers. Lewallen will share insights into how leveraging Instagram and the weekly student newsletter contributed to this successful campaign.
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Friday, October 20th
Pinellas County Schools (FL)
Pinellas County Schools (FL)
Keeping the Lights On: How Pinellas County Schools Leveraged Digital Books During Pandemic Learning & School Library Closures (and Beyond!)
Join educators from Pinellas County Schools for a dive into implementing a digital reading platform, using unique-to-digital tools like reading data, content bundling and title assignments to support curriculum, student reading initiatives and even professional development – leading to higher ROI and per-school participation. This presentation will also explore:
- Systemic infusion of SORA into all school libraries
- Embedding SORA into district tech trainings
- Monthly tips and user guides for librarians
- Using SORA assignment for district-wide professional development
- Spreading SORA use and models to departments and individuals Plus, get collection development tips to help you expand your digital library and adapt to new standards and external challenges.
Essex Westford School District (VT)
Our Sora story
9:30am ESTJoin Elizabeth Von Nagy, Director of Library Media Services for the Essex Westford School District (VT), as she explores the district’s successful 10-year journey with its digital collection. Von Nagy will touch on diversity audits, content access levels based on grade and PD resources for staff as she presents her invaluable learnings. Add a Calendar Reminder
Montgomery County Public Schools (MD)
Sora-ing to New Heights with TeachingBooks: Connecting Readers to the Digital Books they LOVE
12:00pm ESTNeed ideas to promote your digital ebook and audiobook collections? Learn how to utilize tools/resources in TeachingBooks to connect students to their favorite authors and genres in the SORA reading App! We'll demonstrate:
- Shelf Talker book trailers, featuring QR codes to title in Sora
- Digital displays for different authors and genres, sharing links to Author Introductions in TB and books in Sora
- Pairing an audio excerpt of a book in TeachingBooks with the full title in Sora
- Time permitting, Sora to TeachingBooks Extras (videos, games and activities)
Canyons School District (UT)
Sora, by OverDrive Education
Keys to Elevating Readers with Ebooks and Audiobooks
1:00pm - 1:50PM ESTTake a deep dive into best practices for teaching and engaging readers using eBooks and audiobooks. You will learn how to draw and share data with administrators to support students and teachers, plus how to promote, use, and share digital books like a pro. Last (but not least!) you also discover how to connect students to the public library to gain even more access to books. Add a Calendar Reminder
Glendale Union High School District (AZ)
How to Make Your Virtual Library Literally Awesome: Integrating Digital Books Into the Physical Library to Engage Teen Readers
Integrating a digital library into the physical collection can be a daunting task. Librarians must fight for our users' attention, convince die-hard paper-book lovers to try screen reading, and help parents, teachers, and other stakeholders see the value of digital texts. Whether you are looking to start a digital library or simply looking for new ideas to promote an existing one, Patty Jimenez, from Glendale Union High School District (AZ), will share best practices for getting teens to embrace digital books and remain active users.Add a Calendar Reminder
Virginia Beach City Schools (VA)
Virginia Beach City Schools (VA)
Tips for success with a digital collection consortium
Discover how Jennifer Clements and Kelly Miller, Instructional Technology Coordinator and Library Media Services Coordinator for the Virginia Beach City Schools (VA), rolled out access to a digital collection through the Sora student reading app to 86 schools. They’ll share how they empower a committee of Library Media Specialists to help manage the consortium collection and use school-specific collections to ensure students have access to the titles they need.Add a Calendar Reminder
DEI Collection Analysis for Displays, Programming, Classrooms, & Smallish Collections
3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
Library staff know the impact of their collections and displays—and strive to empower young readers by providing vetted materials that respect their differences and similarities. Join this hands-on session to learn how to analyze collections of children's and young adult titles for a myriad of diverse measures, including cultural representation, reading level, recency, and beyond. Attendees will leave with an actionable plan to help all of the readers in their community feel seen and included.Add a Calendar Reminder
Saturday, October 21st
Arlington Public Schools (VA)
My role as a digital reading champion
9:00am ESTDon’t miss Amy Hailey, Director of Library Services for the Arlington Public Schools (VA), share why and how she’s championed digital reading through the Sora app as a leader in her district. Hailey will explore how the district has embraced diversity audits and school-specific collections to drive digital reading success. Add a Calendar Reminder
Sora Care Packages:
We know that the beginning of the school year is stressful, so we put together some items to make your life easier. Contents Include:
- Lip Balm (Because you're the balm!)
- Cozy reading socks (Since you're toe-tally amazing!)
- Tea-rific tea bags & a wellness book (So you can read books, drink tea, and be happy!)
- Training and Marketing Resources (We did the work, so you won't have to!)
Don't have Sora? Get your K-12 school started here!
Discover Sora:Visit DiscoverSora.com to learn why Sora is your gateway to the best catalog of ebooks and audiobooks available. The best part? It comes loaded with hundreds of titles at no cost! Find out how districts and schools can activate Sora for free and open up a new world of reading today.
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