K-12 Schools Staff Training

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Sora Essentials (November 2022)

Ready to learn the basics of Sora so you can start exploring and help others get started, too?

Our Sora Essentials sessions are intended for educators brand new to the Sora platform who want to learn to:

  • Log into Sora using your school credentials
  • Borrow an ebook and audiobook
  • Customize your reading and listening experiences
  • Explore the top 5 ways Sora serves students
  • Help your students and other staff get started with Sora

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Marketplace Essentials (November 2022)

Ready to learn the basics of Marketplace, the shopping and administrative portal?

Our Marketplace Essentials session is intended for educators brand new to Marketplace who want to:

  • Learn the basics of digital content and how it differs from print
  • Explore how digital libraries work, including the difference between shared & Advantage collections
  • Sign in and navigate Marketplace
  • Discover how Sora and Marketplace connect to meet the needs of educators & students
  • Browse the digital catalog, build carts, and purchase titles in Marketplace

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Looking for Professional Development hours?
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Sora & Marketplace Connections: Top 10 Tips from a Trainer (October 2022)

Join your Sora Training team to learn about our favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of Sora and Marketplace. In this lively session, we'll share our favorite Sora features, Marketplace hacks, social media tips, and more. Click below to gain access to our exclusive take-home resource packet.

Marketplace Connections: It’s About Access (September 2022)

Ensuring students have access to the right books and learning materials is more important than ever. Join OverDrive experts to explore best practices for selecting and purchasing content to meet your students' needs in OverDrive Marketplace and learn more about how content access levels can help you customize student access to ebooks and audiobooks.

Sora Connections: It’s About Access (August 2022)

Ensuring students have access to the right books and learning materials is more important than ever. Did you know that Sora automatically filters which digital books students can read, based on their login? Or that students can instantly expand their access to hundreds more digital titles from the public library in Sora?

Join OverDrive experts to learn more about what’s happening behind-the-scenes, how your digital collection is already working to individualize access, and how Sora appears for different user types. Explore benefits of a Public Library CONNECT partnership, and receive tips and tricks for implementation across your entire school community. A

Sora Connections: Making the Most of Your School Breaks (May 2022)

This Sora Connections session is intended for educators with a basic understanding of Sora who want to:

  • Explore how Sora and other no-cost resources can support students 24/7
  • Increase student equity, access, and engagement with Sora - even when school isn't in session!
  • Ensure their school is set up for success with Sora before students leave the building

Marketplace Connections: Advocate for Your Digital Collection with Data and Insights (April 2022)

Join OverDrive experts to learn how to prepare a collection of reports that demonstrate the impact of your school's digital collection. In this session, you'll learn to:

  • Run impactful reports to advocate for budget, access, and recognition.
  • Improve workflow with SmartCarts and other automated features.
  • Dive into data on usage, interest, and the health of your collection.

Sora Connections: Beyond Ebooks & Audiobooks (March 2022)

Ready to take the next steps with Sora? Learn simple, straightforward ways to implement digital formats such as comics & graphic novels, read-alongs, magazines, and Extras into your current teaching practices and curriculum.

This Sora Connections session is intended for educators with a basic understanding of Sora who want to:

  • Explore the evolving relationship between print and digital reading strategies
  • Increase student equity, access, and engagement with unique digital formats
  • Implement digital habits into your daily classroom practices

Expand Your Chinese Content Catalog (August 2022)

Join OverDrive and representatives from five prestigious publishing houses to learn about Chinese titles that will expand your collection and delight your users. We’ll share titles for all ages and interests, including children's literature, artistic works, cultural books, and more! You’ll receive a link to all titles discussed in the session for easy shopping and curating.

Marketplace Connections: Reserving & Bundling Content (February 2022)

Interested in creating digital book bins for your students? Want to set aside titles for a classroom or curriculum library? Learn how to offer exclusive access to digital titles for specific students by reserving titles and creating "content bundles."

This Marketplace Connections session is intended for educators with a basic understanding of Marketplace and Sora who want to:

  • Discover how content bundles can help meet their unique needs
  • Learn how students can unlock content bundles in Sora
  • Identify the steps in reserving and bundling content in Marketplace

Sora Connections: Vocabulary Strategies (January 2022)

Ready to take the next steps with Sora? Learn simple, straightforward ways to implement digital content into your current teaching practices.

This Sora Connections session is intended for educators with a basic understanding of Sora who want to:

  • Explore the evolving relationship between print and digital reading strategies
  • Increase student equity, access, and engagement with ebooks and other digital formats
  • Discover digital habits to implement into your classroom practices