Frisco Students Read More with OverDrive eBooks

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Ann Terry is the librarian at Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. In 2011, she helped the Frisco Independent School District launch a comprehensive eBook initiative with OverDrive. Now, Frisco’s elementary, middle and high-school students—and their parents and teachers—have access to a rich collection of popular and educational eBooks and audiobooks, anytime, anywhere, on… Read more »

Win a Kindle Fire HD in OverDrive-Edutopia Giveaway

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Edutopia, an educational initiative of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, is committed to finding and promoting “What works in education.” The Edutopia website shares strategies and ideas for empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact.   Every day, school eBook-lending libraries help… Read more »

OverDrive Hosting Theater Presentations at ALA Midwinter

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Throughout the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle this weekend, we’ll be hosting theater presentations at Booth 1115. These live sessions will cover topics including new collection development opportunities, marketing and outreach ideas, eBooks in schools, and updates to our Next Generation digital library platform.   If you’re at ALA Midwinter, we invite you… Read more »

Test Drive for Schools: Bridging the Digital Divide

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Test Drive, the eBook device lending program OverDrive introduced for public libraries last fall, is now available to schools, as well. This great program provides support for schools looking to lend eBook reading devices to students who may not already have access to such devices.  We’ve compiled a list of Test Drive-approved devices, and schools… Read more »

Young Readers Leading Tablet Trend

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When it comes to technology, kids just get it. Did you know that half of first-time iPad users are children under age five? A new “Kid Tech” infographic by MDG Advertising describes how young users are engaging with the popular tablets and shows how iPads are helping improve literacy and learning levels at schools across… Read more »

College Prep: eBooks Becoming Required Reading

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When it comes to required reading, more and more colleges and universities are going the electronic route. A recent study by revealed that 60 percent of students who bought eBooks said that some of them were required course material. Many professors aren’t even offering a physical book option anymore.   There are several reasons… Read more »

New York Students Get Creative With eBooks

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Students in Upstate New York are making creative use of their school libraries’ digital offerings. At schools throughout the Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES, students are embracing eBooks both in the classroom and outside of school, accessing popular titles on smartphones, eReaders, tablets, laptops and desktop computers.   The… Read more »

Monthly Marketing Idea: Engage Students With Your Collection

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A bell rings through the halls, reminding students to get to class. Lockers slam shut as students power-walk through the halls. There’s no mistaking this familiar scene. School is back in session around the world, and students are once again opening their (e)books and pulling out their laptops and devices.   Earlier this week, Bailey… Read more »

Young Readers Embrace eBooks

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Using eReaders helps young readers develop healthy reading habits, say researchers at Texas’ Southern Methodist University. According to the study “Reluctant Readers in Middle School: Successful Engagement with Text Using the E-Reader,” published in the International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, middle school boys rated reading more valuable as an activity after two months… Read more »

OverDrive’s School eBook Platform Gets an Upgrade

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We have completely renovated our eBook lending platform for schools. Coming this fall to desktop computers, with mobile devices soon to follow, the new user interface will engage students with a crisp, colorful design that incorporates familiar elements of school life. Students will enjoy simplified browsing and checkout processes as well as unrivaled device compatibility…. Read more »