Here are a few tips and ideas about making eBooks a part of your students’ everyday life:
- In-Class Usage: We’ve seen a number of schools begin to use eBooks into their daily reading. Teachers no longer have to worry about students disturbing the class by getting up and going to find a title at the physical library as the digital titles are right at their fingertips. We also have Reference Books available to all students through our Gale Virtual Reference Library. Students can download the mobile app Access My Library to their tablet or smartphone to access this collection along with all the Library’s Gale databases.
- Social Networks: We have a blog dedicated to eBooks and eAudio books called eRead Me Vegas. Here students can find book reviews and help with getting started with downloading eBooks. You might have your students create fun videos about how to use our eMedia Catalog downloading service for daily morning announcements. (If you do let us know as we would love to post them on the Library’s YouTube Channel). Numerous school libraries have also created Facebook pages to better connect with their students and provide updates about new available titles in our eMedia Catalog. Students can also use the social media tools in our eMedia Catalog to share on Facebook or Twitter books they enjoyed or discovered in our collection.
- Digital Book Reports: Many schools are now offering students extra credit if they do book reports on titles they’ve read from our eMedia Catalog. While providing extra credit for additional reading is a long standing tradition, by having the students report on digital titles, they become that much more comfortable with incorporating them into their daily studies.
- Special Needs Classes: Perhaps the most inspiring (and my personal favorite) stories involve the use of eBooks and eAudio Books among schools with Special-Needs students. These students have been able to better comprehend materials and gain an early passion for reading because they can follow along with a novel while listening to an audiobook.