FETC In-Booth Presentations

OverDrive Education Presentations at FETC
Booth #2843

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Visit us at FETC to hear presentations from our partners! You'll learn all about Sora, OverDrive's student reading app, and can see how others are implementing digital content to engage their students and staff. Each session also offers a chance to win a Lenovo Tablet, so don't miss out!

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Concurrent Session:

Secondary Supervisor Curriculum & Instruction; Library Media Specialist

Wednesday, January 25, 1:00-1:45pm

Room: R5

Going digital can make a huge difference when it comes to reaching more students with your school library and increasing reading equity. Learn why during this session, in which Baldwin County Public Schools (AL) educators Tiffany Goldschmidt (Secondary Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction) and Chandler Dunaway (Library Media Specialist at Foley High School) will dive into how Baldwin County implemented a digital collection that has achieved quadruple digit checkout growth since its launch in November 2020.

You'll get both district- and school-level insights into how to implement, budget for and grow your ebook and audiobook collection, including how to leverage unique-to-digital features like title assignments and in-app public library access to increase access to reading choice. Plus, you'll take away successful tips to promote literacy to your entire school community, so that every student understands that a book is never more than a few taps away.

Tiffany Goldschmidt

Secondary Supervisor Curriculum

Baldwin County Public Schools (AL)


Chandler Dunaway

Instruction; Library Media Specialist

Baldwin County Public Schools (AL)

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In-Booth Presentations #2843:

Tuesday, January 24

Presenter: Colleen Sadowski

Director of School Library System & Media Services

Rochester City School District (NY)

Presenter: Melissa Frost

Librarian

Rochester City School District (NY)

Presenter: Miranda Stefano

Librarian

Rochester City School District (NY)

Simple strategies to get the most out of Sora across your school library system

1:45pm

Get a bird’s eye look at how to implement Sora across your district-wide school library system. From using digital books to enhance your students’ connection to texts for the classroom and pleasure, to the cost-saving benefits of a shared collection, to streamlined public library access and everything in between, you won’t want to miss these tips from Rochester City School District’s librarians who’ve been there, done that!
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Presenter: Julie Ferrer

Federal Programs Manager

Georgia Cyber Academy (GA)

A beginner's guide to marketing your digital collection

2:45pm

Are you looking for new strategies to promote your digital collection? Look no further! Join Georgia Cyber Academy’s (GA) Federal Programs Manager Julie Ferrer for this quick guide to spreading the word about Sora to your school community. You’ll walk away with fresh ideas that you can start using right away! Add to calendar

Presenter: Kari Moulton

Technology Instructional Coach

Bourbonnais School District 53 (IL)

It starts with access: How school & public library partnerships boost reading

3:45pm

Giving all of the students across your district public library access might seem like a tall task, but with Sora, it’s simple! Learn how Bourbonnais School District 53 (IL) leveraged Sora’s unique in-app public library access capability to connect students across the district with age-appropriate books from the Online Media of Northern IL Libraries Consortium. You might just want to try it in your school next!

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Wednesday, January 25

Presenter: Elizabeth Neal

Library Media Specialist

Midtown Elementary School (AL)

Engaging Readers with Sora

9:45am

One key to getting students reading across your district is by making the experience as easy and accessible as possible. Learn how Auburn City School District (AL) revamped their students’ reading experience by switching from 1:1 laptops to iPads. The result? Checkouts went up a whopping 550 percent! You’ll also learn what makes Sora so user-friendly for struggling and avid readers alike.

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Presenter: Katie Rainer

Librarian & Tech Coordinator

Auburn City School District (AL)

Keys to send student reading soaring with Sora

10:45am

One key to getting students reading across your district is by making the experience as easy and accessible as possible. Learn how Auburn City School District (AL) revamped their students’ reading experience by switching from 1:1 laptops to iPads. The result? Checkouts went up a whopping 550 percent! You’ll also learn what makes Sora so user-friendly for struggling and avid readers alike.

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Presenter: Tiffany Tucker

Library Media Specialist

Williamson County School District (TN)

How digital books help reinvent reading personalization district-wide

11:45am

When you’re looking for ways to meet the personalized needs of a unique reading community, don’t forget about digital! Learn how Tiffany Tucker, Library Media Specialist at Williamson County School District (TN) leverages Sora to meet special needs and requests across her district. She’ll also share tips for how to promote Sora at the district level, plus her strategies to advocate for increased digital book funding. Add to calendar

Presenter: Meggan Ford

Media & Educational Technology Instructor

Fulton County School District (GA)

For every reader: Using digital books to foster DEI

2:45pm

Building a diverse, inclusive school library is as easy as a few taps of your finger when you have a digital platform like Sora at your disposal. Learn how Meggan Ford, Media & Educational Technology Instructor at Fulton County Schools (GA) uses Sora to curate diverse reading lists. Plus, you’ll walk away with some ideas for promotion, too, including how to design interactive bulletin boards and how to use activities like “book tastings” to encourage choice reading.

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Presenter: Missy Slack

District Library Media Content Specialist K12

Brevard County School District (FL)

Get the most out of Sora with behind the screens support

3:45pm

When you’re building a digital collection for the first time, one of the most important things to remember is that you don’t have to do it alone! Join Missy Slack, District Library Media Content Specialist K12 from Brevard County School District (FL), to learn how collaboration with your Sora team can help you take your ebook and audiobook collection to the next level. You’ll leave with actionable tips to help you leverage all the free tools and support at your fingertips, from staff training, to easy access book reviews and so much more!

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Thursday, January 26

Presenter: Ifeude Hill

Library Media Specialist

City Schools of Decatur (GA)

Choice matters: How one district powers student reading with a public library partnership

9:45am

Discover how to pair the power of the public library with your district’s own digital collection to increase student reading choice and voice. Led by Ifeude Hill, District Lead Media Specialist from City Schools of Decatur (GA), learn how Sora enables students and staff across a school community to access age-appropriate titles from the public library’s collection without ever leaving the app — and without requiring a library card.

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