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Visit us at ISTE booth #1824 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 tablet, so don't miss out!

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Monday, June 27 CST

Presenter: Leeann Morrill

Library Media Specialist
Oshkosh Area School District (WI)

Decoding digital reading: Tools & outreach to foster literacy success

Join Leeann Morrill, Library Media Specialist at Oshkosh Area School District (WI) to learn how she uses unique-to-digital tools like content bundles, simultaneous-use magazines and comics and in-app public library access to deliver titles on-demand to students. Attendees will also gain insight into some of her tricks for promoting Sora across the school, including reading contests, monthly initiatives and Chromebox displays. Finally, hear a real-world success story about how ebooks and audiobooks have made reading more accessible for ELL students.

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Presenter: Bailey Hotujac

Account Manager
OverDrive EDU

Presenter: Sakeenah Daniels

Partner Relationship Manager

Presenter: Greg Lawrence

Director of Technology
Wentzville School District (MO)

Edtech partner spotlight: Sora + ClassLink

Sora is ClassLink-certified! Join representatives from OverDrive and ClassLink to learn about the benefits available to school partners, from easy discovery to authentication support and more.

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Presenter: Sakeenah Daniels

Partner Relationship Manager

Presenter: Greg Lawrence

Director of Technology
Wentzville School District (MO)

Presenter: Pippa Davies

Chair Learning Commons
Heritage Christian Online School (BC)

Presenter: Cynthia Duncalfe

Curriculum Consultant
Heritage Christian Online School (BC)

Ready, Set, Go! Discover ways to foster engagement on Sora with literacy promotions and select curations

Looking for curation tips and best practices to get your student excited about your collection? Look no further! In this session, Chair of Learning Commons Pippa Davies and Curriculum Consultant Cynthia Duncalfe from Heritage Christian Online School (British Columbia, Canada) will present their simple hacks for creating dynamic, timely curated lists broken down by grade level for students’ convenience. Plus, attendees will discover how they use literacy promotions to get the word out about Sora to their entire school community.

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Tuesday, June 28 CST

Presenter: Gwynn Moore

Instructional Media/Technology Teacher
Aurora Public Schools (CO)

Getting Sora started with your students & staff

With new tech, sometimes getting started is the hardest part — but this primer from Gwynn Moore, Instructional Media and Technology Teacher at Aurora Public Schools (CO), can help put you on the right track! She’ll share her end-to-end strategies for scaffolding online reading with students, starting with how to introduce the platform to your school community. Plus, you’ll learn her tricks for using the app to enhance learning, including leveraging in-app badges to motivate students to keep reading.

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Presenter: Bill Bass

Director of Innovation
Parkway Schools (MO)

Bringing digital content to the forefront with Sora

From class sets to title assignments and more, learn how Parkway Schools (MO) organized to make digital content a priority in their district. Joined by Bill Bass, Director of Innovation at Parkway, attendees will discover how to pair a shared digital collection with individual school-level collections to save budget and better meet students’ reading needs.

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Presenter: Rhianon Gutierrez

Director of Digital Learning
Boston Public Schools (MA)

Keys to adopting Sora in a large urban district

Get an in-depth look at Boston Public Schools’ (MA) roadmap for implementing digital books in their district of 50,000+ students. Led by Rhianon Gutierrez, Director of Digital Learning, attendees will discover why BPS selected Sora, plus why it’s important to build a support system around the platform. You’ll also learn some of their best practices for text selection, and hear real success stories from educators using the app.

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Presenter: Christen Higgins

Media Coordinator
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC)

Curation + Outreach + Class Sets = A recipe for reading success

Join Christen Higgins, Media Coordinator at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC) to discover how a district-wide shared digital collection can work in tandem with individual school-specific digital libraries to engage more readers, using features like curated collections, class sets and more.

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Presenter: Angela Arnold

Education Sales General Manager
OverDrive Education

Edtech partner spotlight: Sora + Google Classroom

Led by Angela Arnold, General Manager of OverDrive Education, learn how Sora and Google Classroom integrate to save teachers time and simplify how titles are assigned to students. When access is this easy, more kids can read.

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Wednesday, June 29 CST

Presenter: Davina Sauthoff

District Librarian/District Canvas Specialist
Granite School District (UT)

Roadmap to holistic, district-wide Sora implementation with Granite SD

Join Davina Sauthoff, District Librarian at Granite School District (UT) for this session walking through their process for implementing Sora at the school level. Attendees will take away practical tips for how to train students and staff to access and use Sora, plus insights into strategies for using the platform in the classroom.

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Presenter: Jeannie Timken

District Digital Learning Specialist
Brunswick County Schools (NC)

Strategies to get your school community reading with Sora

District Digital Learning Specialist Jeannie Timken at Brunswick County Schools (NC) shares how her district leveraged Sora during the shift to remote learning, plus their strategies for continuing engagement with and utilization of the app. You’ll learn how the district leveraged free resources from OverDrive like pre-made title lists and staff trainings to get the entire school community up to speed with Sora.

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Presenter: Suzi Tonini

Supervisor of Collection Development
Denver Public Schools (CO)

Presenter: Angela Arnold

Education Sales General Manager
OverDrive Education

Transforming your curriculum with digital class sets

Room: 283-285

Are you an educator seeking a new solution to providing students with curriculum texts? Attend this session to learn how digital class sets simplify the process of ordering texts, save budget dollars, support differentiation, and give you the flexibility to select instructional titles that engage students and accelerate learning.

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