21st Century Learning: The Shift to Digital Content

A critical responsibility of schools is to teach students to read well because reading is the key to learning.
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A critical responsibility of schools is to teach students to read well because reading is the key to learning.


The more students read, the more likely they are to think critically, learn independently and develop a lifelong love of reading. Research shows that using a variety of texts helps students develop strategies to understand, analyze and synthesize information.

Schools are increasing access to digital resources with 21st century school libraries that provide novels, non-fiction on every topic and other materials on demand.

With the growing use of 1:1 solutions, districts leverage the value of their investment with 24/7 access to digital materials. Using the OverDrive digital reading platformwhich is customized for each school or district, students can find eBooks and audiobooks that are aligned with curriculum, develop a love of reading and improve performance in all content areas.

Digital content is customizable, convenient, and engaging. It enables teachers to personalize instruction, encourages students to read independently and holds student attention. In addition, digital resources can be updated quickly, may be adapted to address students’ learning differences and styles and can offer interactive functions that pique student interests. The result is that students improve reading proficiency, frequency and achievement.

Learn more:

Napa Valley eBook integration
In Napa Valley California, students’ reading scores and reading enjoyment have increased as a result of their digital program. What makes the difference is anytime access to resources. Teachers select materials by grade level, lexile scores, or topic. Watch the video.

Aligning Digital Reading Resources to Curriculum Objectives
Districts are leveraging their investments in technology to use eBooks and other digital resources to improve students’ reading proficiency, frequency, and achievement. Students benefit from an easy-to-use solution that offers 24/7 access so that learning can happen anytime and anywhere.

Sharing digital books across districts
Utah’s Southwest Educational Development Center employs a shared collection of digital materials that enables two or more schools or districts to provide equal access to reading resources with a single, easy-to-use website. Read the case study.

School library evolves, expands with eBooks
Texas’ Mesquite ISD embraces digital technology to promote 21st century learning and create lifelong readers by providing access to digital materials in every format. Read the case study.



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