Personalize Professional Development in Your School with Digital Reading Platforms

Would you like an easy, flexible way to offer personalized, on-demand professional development for every educator in your school? Join Christina Samek as she shares how to use a digital reading platform, ebooks, and audiobooks to help each educator reach his or her professional goals. She will explore the types of content available and explain how ebooks and audiobooks can be read by individuals independently or used as part of team or group activities, such as digital study groups or school-wide ebook clubs, to provide self-paced, but unified learning. Come discover how digital content can enable personalized PD anytime and anywhere, including for in-service days and all-staff training.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2 pm ET

Four Steps to Improve Equity and Close the Digital Gap with a Shared eBook & Audiobook Collection

Districts making the shift to digital need resources that support access, equity and affordability. By considering a few key questions, successful shared eBook and audiobook collections can address these issues. To meet the reading and learning needs of all students, there must be a diverse catalog of titles available for purchase. To address varied device programs at schools, the platform must be device agnostic. To bridge the WiFi gap at home, there must be a download option for offline reading. Sara Gold, WiLS K-12 Community Liaison/Service Specialist, will detail the creation of the Wisconsin Schools Digital Library Consortium using these guidelines and how the project came to to fruition with vision, planning and patience. Sydney Kalnay, Training Specialist from OverDrive Education, will discuss launch stages: authentication/content, training and marketing your collection to ensure student engagement.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 2 pm ET

The Perfect Equation for Summer Reading Success: School + Public Librarians

How do we keep kids reading when school’s out for the summer? Effective partnerships between school and public librarians are our most powerful tool. In this webinar, Jen Cannell and Mary Fellows show you how to work with your counterpart to design fun and strategic summer reading collaborations that will succeed on three fronts: keeping kids reading, strengthening your connection to students, and reinforcing the school/public library relationship. Whether you’re a newbie ready to start your first collaborative summer reading program or a vet looking for fresh ideas to take your program to the next level, this webinar will give you the tools to succeed. Join us to learn from research, examples, and models for effective summer collaboration and beat the summer slide!

Learn how to:

  • Build a strategic collaboration between school and public libraries to reach kids over the summer
  • Integrate digital technology, including eBooks and audiobooks, effectively into your summer reading initiatives
  • Strengthen relationships with students while cultivating their reading skills

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 @ 4 pm ET


Contests, campaigns & incentives: Ideas to engage students with reading

Keeping students engaged can be challenging during the last quarter of the school year. School Library System Director Lynn Miller of the Sullivan County BOCES (NY) will show you how to design a multi-week campaign that drives student excitement for reading. Her March Book Madness program has resulted in an increase in circulation in each of the last three years. OverDrive Education’s Lauren Bogatay will also share campaign, incentive and program promotions from other schools that you can use year round or in a shorter, contest form in your library or classroom.

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eBooks in the learning environment

Hear about the Portola Valley School District’s (CA) decision to incorporate OverDrive Education as part of their commitment to creating teaching and learning programs that promote relevant, effective and efficient learning environments. Director of Learning & Innovation Jason Borgen will cover the district’s journey from implementation to content selection to engaging students.

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Selecting the right digital content partner

Learn what led the St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado to choose OverDrive Education after experimenting with a variety of digital content options. Their decision was based on a number of benefits, including ease of use, device compatibility, an unrivaled catalog and 24/7 access for students and educators. Kahle Charles will discuss the impact partnering with OverDrive Education has had on the district and share best practices.

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Join us for a free webinar to learn how Shared eBook and Audiobook Collections can provide greater access to premium content for your students. If you’re considering a digital collection, you might be wondering how students access titles. How do age and reading levels work? Is the service affordable for small schools? Network and Information Services Director Ron Cone will highlight the top IT considerations when choosing a digital content provider and how his Nebraska educational services agency expanded from a regional collection to a statewide service. He’ll detail how private collections allow for building-by-building purchasing, and how partnering with your public library system can support and promote your digital reading initiatives. Register today!

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Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement

In this webinar, you will hear valuable insight from library media specialist and technology liaison, Kelly Hladek of the School City of Hammond in Indiana, as she shares their impressive story of boosting checkouts from their digital library by 184 percent in just one year. You’ll learn their proven best practices for engaging students, teachers and the community with their eBook and audiobook collection—including some creative approaches you may have never thought of. School librarians at all grade levels are invited to attend this live, interactive event. There will be time for questions after Kelly’s presentation. Join us for this can’t-miss session for anyone looking to reach more readers with their digital library.
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Share digital books with districts & schools in your region

Join us to learn how you can share eBooks and audiobooks with other districts and schools in your region and offer more titles than any one institution could purchase on its own – for less than $1 per student.

There’ll be a live demo of the easy-to-use platform, plenty of time for Q&A and we’ll cover benefits of Shared Collections including:

  • The ability to add eBooks and audiobooks specifically for your district or school’s use (separate from the Shared Collection)
  • Titles filtered by grade level to ensure the right eBooks and audiobooks are reaching the right students
  • Content specialists to help select the best titles based on group, school or district needs

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eBooks for Elementary Schools: The easiest eBook service with Read-Alongs

Learn about the newest and easiest eBook service for Early Learners! OverDrive, the leading digital book platform for libraries and schools, has created a platform specifically for K-5 students with no software, no apps and no individual accounts. Introducing the K-5 QuickStart package, which provides 200 popular and award-winning eBooks – including many Read-Alongs – that work on any computer, tablet or device.

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