OverDrive Education (opens in new tab), ebook and audiobook service for schools, released data detailing an increase in reading by K-12 students. Ebook and audiobook reading increased over 240% when students connected their Sora (opens in new tab) classroom reading app to their local public library versus students solely accessing their school collection. More information can be found here (opens in new tab).
The data also show that student time spent reading nearly doubled since Sora was introduced to K-12 schools in September 2018. Schools and libraries experiencing this surge include Berkeley Public Schools (CA) with students accessing Berkeley Public Library, Liberty School District 53 (MO) with students accessing Mid-Continent Public Library, and Spring Branch ISD (TX) with students accessing Harris County Public Library.
Sora, the new student reading app released by OverDrive Education (opens in new tab) in September 2018, provides students access to ebooks and audiobooks from their school’s digital collection for classroom assignments and summer reading programs. The app prompts students to add access to their local library which usually offers a larger selection of age- and grade-appropriate popular ebooks and audiobooks.
On June 22, OverDrive Education received the 2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Crystal Apple (opens in new tab), awarded to an individual or group who has made a significant impact on school libraries and learners.
How Sora inspires students to read more and the ease of connecting to public libraries will be on display at the OverDrive Education Booth #2116 at the ISTE19 conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 24-26, 2019.
For more information about Sora, visit http://meet.soraapp.com (opens in new tab).