4 ways schools use ebooks to drive learning

By Herb Miller 3/1/2018

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Advancements in digital technology offer schools exciting opportunities to improve how students learn and teachers teach. We know, that’s not necessarily a newsflash. But how do K-12 technology leaders ensure they’re realizing the full benefits of these powerful tools? One of the most critical steps is by adopting a digital reading platform.

Here’s a look at just a few of the ways schools use ebooks to make the most out of the technology at their fingertips to support students' and educators' unique reading and learning needs.

1. Ensure resources are available for all students.

A 1:1 program or other major device investment is a significant commitment, and schools use ebooks to ensure maximum return on investment. By selecting a partner who can deliver the right content through these new channels, schools can fully realize game-changing benefits like digital class sets for English language arts.

2. Stimulate discussion with electronic whiteboards.

Teachers are always looking for ways to make classroom time more stimulating. One strategy that’s been embraced is projecting ebooks via electronic whiteboards. It’s perfect for leading a discussion about a complex graphic or making sure everyone’s on the same page during group read-alouds.

3. Allow students anytime, anywhere access to resources.

Students love their smartphones (and other devices). What better way to make this tool work for you than by giving students access to a library right from the screen they’re already engaging with? Schools use ebooks to reach students with reading and learning resources anytime, anywhere.

4. Bolster books with tools to aid comprehension.

Schools use ebooks to more deeply engage students in reading and empower their learning experience with notetaking, highlighting and dictionary tools. Teachers also love that they can directly assign ebook reading to specific students without having to worry if they’ve checked the title out or not, or, worse yet, going through the laborious process of ordering stacks of print texts.

Herb Miller, Ed.M. from Harvard University, is an ISTE member and serves as the director of OverDrive Education, the leading digital reading platform for K-12. He specializes in helping districts and schools effectively implement digital content to maximize impact on students and educators. Follow OverDrive Education on Facebook and on Twitter at @OverDriveEd.

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