Students borrow record numbers of ebooks and audiobooks in 2016

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The use of eBooks and audiobooks has grown steadily in K-12 classrooms and libraries. The number of digital books borrowed on OverDrive’s K-12 digital reading platform is up 48 percent compared to 2015. K-12 students are reading more eBooks and audiobooks, and while an increasing number of schools are moving their curriculum books to digital,… Read more »

Cultivate a positive classroom culture in 2017

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By: Christina Samek, Marketing Specialist. It’s here. We are finally in 2017. I don’t know about you but 2016 didn’t feel like 365.25 rotations. Did we maybe go for 2 revolutions around the sun and no one told us? Either way, we made it. With 2016 in our rear view, we can reflect on what… Read more »

In-school awareness can boost reading rates more than 100%

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By: Kelly Hladek, Library Media Specialist and Technology Liason, Morton High School. The School City of Hammond, in Hammond, Indiana, is starting off 2017 on a celebratory note. In one year’s time, OverDrive checkouts for the district have grown 183 percent from 4,094 to 11,571! An OverDrive partner since December 2014, the district has worked… Read more »

Books to celebrate holidays around the world

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By: Bethany Porter, Collections Analyst. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It is not, however, celebrated by everyone. I found about a dozen holidays around the world during December, January, and February that are just as exciting. Here are a few of the major ones that you can share with your classroom, children, and families,… Read more »

How to keep kids reading over winter break

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There will be no shortage of snowball fights, visitors and other fun distractions over the holiday break from school. Kids will probably try to keep up with all the attention-grabbing mayhem, and they may not take the quiet time they need to refuel and recharge. Both teachers and parents can help lay groundwork to keep… Read more »

How K-12 uses devices in the classroom

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Eighty percent of schools and districts use eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks in their classrooms. That’s a lot of devices to manage, and the technology is constantly changing. We wondered how students were using devices in the classroom to access that digital content. Was 1:1 most common, or BYOD? What devices are most popular? Which are… Read more »