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Sora Brochure

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Sora Extras

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Magazines in Sora

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Content Bundles

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Digital Class Sets

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Wednesday, January 26

Karen Babor

Lee County School District (FL)

How edtech integrations leveled up one district's digital library


In the age of hybrid learning, educators might balk at the idea of introducing one more tech tool to students. That's why it's important to leverage apps and a platform that can integrate with your existing edtech infrastructure! In this presentation, join Karen Babor, Coordinator for Instructional Technology/Instructional Materials for Lee County School District to learn how they incorporated the Sora reading app into their learning object repository to increase access to books, improve reading engagement and connect with the public library. Download PDF

Presenter: Jody Brookshire

Sora, by OverDrive Education

Support personalized reading and learning with digital books


Supporting the unique learning needs of your students has never been more of a challenge. Fortunately, digital books in Sora have never been easier or more flexible to access . This session will show educators how to apply new features such as content bundles, Sora Extras, sets Digital Class Sets , magazines , and more , to help students get the most out of reading. We'll also delve into Sora's student reading data to help educators adjust their strategies for specific students. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how digital books can take learning to places print can't go. Download PDF

Presenter: Susan Forgas

Pasco County School District (FL)

Curation + public library connection = More student reading!


For Susan Forgas, Resource Management Associate for Pasco County School District, curation is key when it comes to reaching her student readers. To appeal to students of all ages, she combines Sunshine State book incentives with title lists curated to different grade levels to increase engagement — and based on the record number of brag tags she's had to purchase in the past year, her strategy has worked! Attend this presentation to learn how you can mirror this success in your own district. Plus, Susan will demonstrate how you can increase the number books available to students with public library access in the Sora app.

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Presenter: Tara Cain

Charlotte High School (FL)

Simple strategies to promote your school library & reach more readers


To foster an active community of student readers, curation of a strong print and digital book collection is just the first step. You also have to let your school community know it exists — and that's easier than you might think! Join Tara Cain, Media Specialist at Charlotte High School to discover simple, creative marketing strategies to boost your readership in no time. Download PDF

Thursday, January 27

Presenter: Katherine Kates

Academy School District 20 (CO)

Keys to keep your students reading: Promos, public library access & beyond


Join Katherine Kates, Technology Integration & Library Specialist at Academy School District 20 (CO) for a deep dive into how her district kept their student readers engaged throughout distance learning, leveraging social media and snail mail to raise and maintain awareness, and connecting to the public library to provide even more access to books. Plus, discover how a diversity audit helped her foster a more inclusive school library intended to inspire a sense of belonging in students of all ages.

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Presenter: Diana Rendina

Tampa Preparatory School (FL)

Using curation and promotion to grow a love of reading


Learn how a 6-12 college prep school built and promoted a Sora collection that led to a 250% increase in library checkouts. We'll talk about collection development ideas including: collaborating with other teachers and departments to build collections, surveying your students, and developing a manga and graphic novel collection. We'll also share ideas for promoting your collection, including social media promotions, classroom visits and more. Download PDF

Presenter: Katherine Moody

The Bolles School (FL)

Click less, read more: Simplify access to your ebook & audiobook collection


When you're building a readership for your digital collection, one of the most important things you can do is make it easy for students and staff to find and use. Join Katherine Moody, Librarian at The Bolles School to learn how she streamlined access to her school's Sora app collection, leveraging single sign-on capabilities, their learning object repository, QR codes and more to raise awareness and get students reading.

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Friday, January 28

Lucy Etheridge

Holmes County School District (FL)

Kyla Rushing

Holmes County School District (FL)

4 easy ideas to promote & incentivize student reading


Sometimes it takes a little extra push to get your students exploring your ebook and audiobook collection — and Library Media Specialists Lucy Etheridge and Kyla Rushing have you covered with these four simple hacks to get your students reading whether they're in school or at home. From hands-on demos to strategies to get access to even more books (and everything in between), this is a conversation you won't want to miss!

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Friday, October 22nd

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