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Register for one of our live webinars or view an on demand webcasts to learn about the benefits of providing your school community eBooks and audiobooks through OverDrive.

Sizzling Summer Reads You May Not Have Heard of (That You'll Wish You Had)

Thursday, May 16, 2019 1:00 pm

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Summer is on its way - which means reading great summer stories! But, before you create a short list of your ideal titles, you may want to see what’s coming. On this webinar the staff librarians at OverDrive will share some of the latest titles you’ll want to have at the beach, patio, coffeehouse or wherever you read this summer. We’ll have a few you may have heard of, but many you haven’t. In one short hour, you’ll leave with your summer reading list together and ready for fun in the sun.

Digital vs. Paper books: Let's do the math!

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With millions of students using digital devices in schools already, the question of digital versus print books is a timely and serious one. But few curriculum buyers are fully familiar with the cost-structure difference when transitioning from to ebooks and audiobooks.
Join us for an eye-opening cost-benefit analysis on transforming delivery and cost-effectiveness, including a behind-the-scenes look at publisher production expenses and a breakdown of alternate purchasing and licensing models.

St. Vrain Valley School District (CO) Executive Director of Curriculum Kahle Charles will also share invaluable insight from the front lines. This a can't-miss session – register today!

Sharing ebooks Across Districts: How Educators Make it Work

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Join us for this engaging session with Larissa Mallon of Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit 27 (BVIU) in western Pennsylvania. Mallon will provide valuable insight into how BVIU delivers ebooks and audiobooks across 10 districts through a cost-effective shared digital collection.
We'll also hear from shared collection expert Regis Coustillac from OverDrive Education, and there'll be plenty of time for Q&A to get answers to any specific questions you have along the way.

Personalizing Learning through Digital Reading Platforms

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Digital reading platforms can enable more personalized learning by providing engaging, interactive and customizable digital content to both students and educators in all subject areas, as well as supplemental curriculum materials, professional development resources, ELL and special education titles and more. Attend this web seminar to learn ways to meet your district's unique personalized learning goals by using digital reading platforms effectively. A director of library services from Wisconsin will share some key strategies for selecting and implementing a platform, how to create a comprehensive digital content strategy, promote reading engagement using data on eBook and audiobook use, and build your collection based on what your students need and want.

The techie's guide to shared eBook & audiobook collections

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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!

Secrets from the front lines: how schools can boost digital engagement

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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.

Content, Patience and a Plan: How to Launch an Instructional Technology Strategy

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Join us to learn how to plan and execute an instructional technology strategy that supports your digital learning needs. Whether you have 1:1 iPads, Chromebooks, BYOD or are still deciding on devices, Christie Boen, Instructional Technology Coach and District Librarian at Bend-La Pine School District, will help you create a content and technology plan for success in the classroom and library using ebooks and audiobooks. Discover how to prioritize goals and implement a strategy to meet the reading needs of your students and maintain critical efficiencies and measures for your educators.

How to Effectively Use Your Digital Library

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Are you considering building a digital library for your school? If you don't have anyone on your staff that's comfortable with technology, it can seem intimidating. But it's not as hard as you may think.

In this webinar, we'll show you how Cucamonga School District in California was able to quickly and easily upgrade their digital library with the help of OverDrive – and the fantastic educational benefits their students received as a result of the new program.
You'll learn:

  • The four key benefits a digital library provides for students and faculty – and how it helps with state testing and grading homework
  • How to create custom reading plans for students of all grade levels and abilities
  • How digital content increases engagement for both active and inactive readers
  • How Cucamonga adopted & rolled out the new digital library, leading to almost seamless use throughout the district
  • How the additional tools and features of a digital library help student achieve higher levels of success in the classroom

So if you're looking to achieve higher levels of success for your students, sign up for this webinar and discover the blueprint one successful district implemented to achieve fantastic results.

Developing and Nurturing a School-Wide Culture of Reading

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Do you have passion for reading and books but struggle to get your school community to embrace the importance of a reading culture? Are you looking for new ways to spread "book love" beyond the four walls of your library or classroom? Do you feel like you're fighting the battle all by yourself? Join Melissa Thom as she shares effective strategies to help jump over these hurdles and cultivate a dynamic reading culture at your school. Research indicates that children who develop a love of reading will grow into lifelong readers. And while structured curricular objectives and assessment requirements are not going away, solutions exist—both small scale and large scale—to help individuals and school leaders facilitate, develop, and nurture an impactful culture of reading for both students and staff.

Digital vs. Paper books: Let's do the math Rebroadcast

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Join us for a replay of one of the year’s most engaging webinars to learn about the cost-structure difference when transitioning from print to digital.

Hear from educators who made the shift to digital and OverDrive Education as they:

  • Compare Costs of Print & Digital
  • Discuss the emergent benefits of digital
  • Cover the Quantum Leap Algorithm
  • Share first-hand accounts of how ebooks have transformed their classroom

Everyone that attends will get a copy of the whitepaper that inspired the webinar.

This is must for anyone considering the shift to digital content in 2019.

Event Information: Digital content for your college campus made easy

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With mobile devices more popular than ever, now is the perfect time to invest in a digital collection for your campus. Find out how OverDrive's unrivaled catalog can help you meet the needs of your students and faculty, including curriculum support, popular titles for leisure reading and more. The staff librarians at OverDrive will share success stories from your ACRL peers and discuss the various opportunities for college and research libraries to implement ebooks and audiobooks alongside their physical collection. Whether you're an existing partner looking to expand the variety of your college's OverDrive collection or an academic institution interested in adding an ebook and audiobook platform to your library, you won't want to miss this free webinar!

Event Information: Awareness leads to engagement: Digital reading in the classroom

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Schools have become fixated on state-mandated testing. They are looking for new ways to engage students in hope of delivering higher test scores. Teachers are being asked to do more with less and students are more stressed than ever.

What if the answer is not about doing more but creating a captivating experience?

What if you could use custom content and intuitive technology to engage students wherever they are in their educational journey?

Join us as Montgomery County Public Schools and OverDrive Education share best practices on how to use new technology to create stronger lesson plans and student interactions. This session will take a fresh look at:

  • Addressing common reading challenges many teachers face today
  • How the Sora student reading app acts as a classroom and curriculum discovery tool
  • The fastest way to incorporate digital content into your lesson plans
  • How to use a digital collection for syllabi, student publications and more
  • Employing best practices for classroom management and student privacy with Sora

This session is ideal for school teachers, librarians and staff in charge of helping students get ready for the changing world. Register today!