Over drive is another powerful tool has been added to the School Library System's Database CoSer. It will engage our students on every reading level with a digital lending library chosen by their school's librarians. Each participating library will have access to a shared collection that will have sustained growth and their own individual school library collection. We are putting digital resources in the hands of teachers and students to support: an individual school's curriculum, instruction goals, best practices, and student achievement. According to Carl Harvey, school librarian for North Elementary School in Noblesville, Indiana and EdWeb instructor, there are many ways the Common Core will shift current ELA classroom practices, and eBooks can help guide these shifts better than traditional printed textbooks. Harvey believes that eBooks balance informational and literacy text better than paper and with this format teachers can take full advantage of spanning texts across disciplines. Many features associated with eBooks can also help students better understand complex texts without becoming frustrated or relying on extra assistance from teachers. eBooks are interactive, not only can students look up the definition of the word, but in some advanced settings, they can look up its synonyms, antonyms, root origin, and other examples. Finally reading text online or in a digital format actually does take practice and students will soon be expected to take state tests on line.
By: Mary Ann Hebert, CA BOCES