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Tuesday, December 01 2020 @ 12:14 AM EST
The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine
Tuesday, December 01 2020 @ 12:14 AM EST
The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Woodcliff Lake School District Transforms the Student Reading Experience

Award-winning ebook and audiobook app encourages students to read anytime, anywhere
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. – May 5, 2020 – In this mobile age, technology has become increasingly valuable in supporting new generations of lifelong learners and readers. Now, Woodcliff Lake School District is using technology to expand access to digital reading materials by connecting their students with the school’s broad collection of ebooks and audiobooks through the Sora app.

The combination of convenience, ease of reading on-the-go, and personalized reading experience of both teacher-assigned and student-selected digital books inspires student learning anytime, anywhere.

"The Woodcliff Lake School district is excited to launch Sora,” said Lauren Barbelet, Superintendent at Woodcliff Lake School District. “This learning tool will allow students to gain immediate access to books from any device. Technology is an important part of our students' daily lives and now digital books are too. With the help of the Woodcliff Lake Educational Foundation, our students are ready to read, listen and research through Sora."

Through Sora, Woodcliff Lake School District students have convenient and safe access to hundreds of age-appropriate ebooks and audiobooks from the school’s collection. These reading materials are available for use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. Data from thousands of schools using Sora shows students of all ages read more, improve comprehension and learn critical listening through audiobooks.

Woodcliff Lake School District Media Specialist Laurence Gander added, “The students are especially excited as Woodcliff Lake has the unique situation of not having a public library. Now, students can check out the specially curated books which were chosen based on their requests. A win-win for the students and the virtual library!”

Inspired by educator and student feedback, Sora offers both assigned and pleasure reading incentivized with fun avatars and achievements within the app to encourage a focus on learning. Sora also supports teachers by offering classroom-specific tools like personal assignments, reading analytics and exportable notes that individualize learning.

Sora, named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019, was designed to transform the modern student reading experience and built by OverDrive Education, a division of OverDrive serving 23,000 K-12 schools worldwide. OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for a growing network of 45,000 libraries – including Bergen County Cooperative Library System – and schools in 78 countries.

The Sora app is available for Woodcliff Lake School District students, faculty and staff to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at https://soraapp.com.

To learn more, visit https://meet.soraapp.com/.

About Woodcliff Lake School District

The Woodcliff Lake School District, with an enrollment of approximately 800 students, is a leader in the area of technology, with 1 to 1 Chromebooks for students in grades 6-8, and multiple online platforms, including techbooks, multiple online databases and two state of the art STEM labs. Sora is the latest addition to the Woodcliff Lake technology suite, creating a 24 hour library, which students can access 365 days per year.

About OverDrive Education – a division of OverDrive

OverDrive Education is the leading digital reading platform for K-12 schools, offering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks and streaming video. As a 100% digital company serving 23,000 schools worldwide, OverDrive combines technology with content to support learning and reading in the K-12 classroom, library and home on all major devices. Sora, the student reading app, was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive – the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide – and OverDrive Education are based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. overdrive.com/schools

Laurence Gander
Woodcliff Lake School District
201-930-5600 ext. 351
[email protected]

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