ISTE Presentations

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Monday, June 26 EST

Presenter: Rachel Barcus

Digital Learning Coach/Lead Librarian Fayette County Public Schools (KY)

Presenter: Amy Johns

Director of Technology Fayette County Public Schools (KY)

Presenter: Amy Johns

Account Executive OverDrive

It’s about equity: Key ways digital eliminates resource roadblocks

Discover how Sora can close the resource equity gap! From reading competitions, to diverse needs-based collection development strategies, to curation, to cross-department collaboration and more, you’ll learn new ways to use ebooks and audiobooks to provide equitable access to books, regardless of whether or not your school has a print library.

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Presenter: Margaret Gaudino

Evaluation and Selection of Instructional Materials and Library Books Coordinator Montgomery County Public Schools (MD)

Sora-ing to New Heights with TeachingBooks: Connecting Readers to the Digital Books they LOVE

Need ideas to promote your digital ebook and audiobook collections? Learn how to utilize tools and TeachingBooks’ resources 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)

Teaching Books

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Presenter: Jackie Giammarco

Curriculum Supervisor for Professional Learning & Special Content Areas North Penn SD (PA)

How North Penn used grant funding to set their digital library up for success

Have you ever wondered how to get started with grant funding in your district? Learn how the experts at North Penn SD (PA) did it, partnering with Verizon and the North Penn Educational Foundation to give students the tech tools they needed for learning engagement and grow their digital library with ebooks and audiobooks to combat learning loss.

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Presenter: Kerry Townsend

Media Coordinator Columbia Public Schools (MO)

Combine the powers of TeachingBooks and Sora to make resources discoverable in your school library

Learn about new ways to promote digital books within your library with QR Code Shelf Talkers, which offer immediate access to books in Sora alongside TeachingBooks resources that bring the titles to life!
Teaching Books

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Tuesday, June 27 EST

Presenter: Diahann Ouly

Technology Integration Specialist Carbon Lehigh Intermediate School Unit 21 (PA)

How one consortium pioneered resource equity with digital books

Join Diahann Ouly, Instructional Technology Specialist, to learn how a digital consortium improved reading access equity across 14 districts and four private schools in Pennsylvania, including those with limited resources. Plus, she'll cover how digital books have helped increase the number of books read and time spent reading per student.

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Presenter: Kira Brennan

Innovation & Library Systems Support Specialist Parkway Schools (MO)

Presenter: Melanie Wood

Library Media Specialist Parkway Schools (MO)

Access for every reader: How Sora serves every student

Learn about accessibility features in Sora! Featuring real-world examples from Parkway Schools (MO), attendees will discover how to use unique-to-digital features to meet your students’ unique reading needs and overcome roadblocks to literacy.

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Presenter: Kerrie Burch

School Library System Coordinator WSWHE BOCES (NY)

Presenter: Karin Howansky

Library Media Specialist WSWHE BOCES (NY)

Tips for managing shared collection access at the school level

Discover how you can use new OverDrive Advantage account curation tools to manage exactly which books your students have access to in Sora, whether it’s through your school or shared collection. Plus, discover how to use Sora Showcase to raise awareness of your digital library throughout your school community!

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Presenter: Tim Leister

Instructional Technology Specialist Lancaster-Lebanon IU13

Keys to managing a large shared digital collection across districts

Learn how the Instructional Media Services at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 manages their shared collection in collaboration with the school librarians in their local school districts. You’ll discover best practices and procedures for purchasing and maintaining a shared collection of digital books that serves the needs of 22 public school districts in Lancaster County and Lebanon County, PA.

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Wednesday, June 28 EST

Presenter: Jennifer Freedman

Coordinator of Instructional Technology & Library Media Specialists Lindenhurst Union Free School District (NY)

Presenter: Sarah Feder

Library Media Specialist Lindenhurst Union Free School District (NY)

Say goodbye to summer slide with Sora!

Join educators from Lindenhurst Union Free School District (NY) to learn how you can use Sora to give students access to your school library all summer long. From summer reading programs to in-app public library access, you’ll walk away with new ideas to make sure your students are reading even while school’s out!

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Presenter: Corinne Mank

Librarian Harford County Public Schools (MD)

Presenter: Martha Barwick

Coordinator of Instructional Technology Harford County Public Schools (MD)

Presenter: Dina Kropkowski

Librarian/Technology Support Specialist Harford County Public Schools (MD)

Tips to ensure your district- and school-level collections work hand-in-hand

Join educators from Harford County Public Schools (MD) for an inside look at how they manage digital book purchasing and curation at both the district- and school-level from monitoring holds and running reports to setting Content Access Levels. Plus, learn how easy it is to conduct a diversity audit to ensure your collection’s inclusivity.

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