The Book Thief, The Giver among most popular digital novels in schools
eBooks and digital audiobooks have become a vital component to promote reading and support literacy goals in nearly 13,000 schools and districts in 50 countries.
Educators are increasing integration and creative adoption by using popular digital content in a variety of innovative ways, including using digital novel sets for English language arts classes.
One school district which has successfully navigated the digital shift and integrated digital novel sets into their curriculum is Bedford Public Schools (BPS), a public school system in Temperance, Michigan.
“Bedford Public Schools recognized several years ago the need to evolve in order to remain competitive in the ever-changing educational landscape,” said Edward Manuszak, assistant superintendent of instructional and student services.
The district is now in the third year of a one-to-one Chromebook program roll out. With these new learning tools, BPS adopted a digital content solution that aligned to the district’s curriculum with an area of focus on full-length digital titles to complement textbooks as part of a K-12 English language arts adoption.
Some of the most popular digital novel sets being used in schools this year:
1. “The Book Thief” (Random House Children’s Books)
2. “A Raisin in the Sun” (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)
3. “The Namesake” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
4. “Animal Farm” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
5. “The Giver” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
OverDrive digital books are accessed via a district or school-wide website, reducing the number of copies that need to be purchased, and are retained year after year throughout the adoption cycle. The solution is scalable and user-friendly for both students and teachers, which makes it very cost-effective for the districts. “We appreciate that digital content will never wear out from use and can never be lost or stolen,” continued Manuszak.
From digital novel sets for English language arts to digital textbooks and professional development, OverDrive’s growing catalog of more than 2 million digital titles from over 5,000 publishers is enhancing the learning the experience of the 21st-century student.
Teachers and students can take notes on their device while reading and teachers can integrate digital books with their everyday classroom tools like Accelerated Reader 360, Schoology and Google Classrooms. In addition, advancements to OverDrive’s popular app allows students with dyslexia to read in a dyslexic font.
For more information about digital novel sets and OverDrive, visit booth 443 at the FETC annual conference in Orlando, January 13-15.