NaNoWriMo 2016: Freedom to Flourish, Freedom to Fail

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By Sydney Kalnay, Training Specialist. I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’m a five-time NaNoWriMo failure. Each year, I’ve gathered my notes, furiously scribbled an outline, and then…completely fallen apart by mid-month. But every year, I rush to re-register, to join the ranks of hopeful writers furiously making word count and making words count. Every… Read more »

Beyond November 8: How to promote democracy and empathy in the classroom

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Many frustrated teachers abandoned their election curriculum during 2016’s contentious election cycle. This is such an important time to promote civil discourse and real, engaged learning. In fact, maintaining the conversation, difficult as it is, appears to be making its way into the mission statement of public education. Public education should promote democracy In a recent… Read more »

Surprising benefits of reading J/YA mystery

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Mystery stories have always been popular with K-12 students. Teachers can take advantage of this interest to help students engage in a genre study. J/YA mystery has come a long way since the days of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and, more recently, Encyclopaedia Brown. Reading mysteries not only supports literacy goals and fosters a love… Read more »

Books that creeped us out as kids

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By: Tiffany Wincek, Account Specialist. Team OverDrive barely made it through September before we started plotting Halloween costumes, planning scary movie marathons, and placing holds on our favorite spooky tales. We love autumn and everything that comes with it. When the leaves start scuttling down the streets, it’s time to dig into suspenseful thrillers and ghastly tales. Halloween… Read more »

OverDrive is for everyone, all types of learners

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OverDrive is proud to offer digital reading platforms for schools, libraries, colleges, and corporations. In every segment we serve, we offer a reading solution for every kind of reader. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or student, OverDrive is for you. Digital content demands accessibility. OverDrive is easy to use, a central platform tailored to your… Read more »

The best devices for the classroom

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Eighty percent of districts & schools use digital content, and educators across subject areas want to introduce eBooks into their curriculum. But there are so many questions to address. What devices are best for classroom use? (Hint: think Apple and Google) Should digital content or devices come first? Some schools find that a slow and… Read more »

Content to help you keep representation in your classroom

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As we’ve discussed previously, it’s essential to have proper representation in the content you make available to your students. There has been a big movement in the young adult community called #WeNeedDiverseBooks dedicated to pushing books with characters and plots that feature diverse backgrounds. By providing your young readers titles with protagonists with differing ethnic,… Read more »