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  • May 11, 2021 - Sora Ebooks
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    It’s the end of the school year and school librarians are gathering books and preparing for the end of the year.  That doesn’t mean that students need to stop reading!  Independent reading is critical to student learning and students thrive when they have access to and can read engaging books.  This Tech Tip Tuesday is all about using SORA (the WSD ebook platform), engaging students with great books, and promoting learning in the summertime!  

    Using SORA

     

    You can access SORA (on any digital device) using these simple instructions:

    1. Go to soraapp.com or install the SORA app from wherever you download apps
    2. Find your school or enter the setup code WEBERUT
    3. Browse the Explore option to find books available for checkout
    4. Check out books by clicking on the cover and then clicking Borrow
    5. Manage your books using the Shelf option

     

    Watch this short video with your students for more in-depth instruction:

    Promotional Videos

    Here are some videos that promote engaging titles found on SORA.

    Books for Elementary Video

     

    Books for Secondary Video

    Free Summer Reading for All Students

    May 5-August 20, 2021

     

     

    Every summer SORA offers free and simultaneous checkouts of their summer collections. You don’t need to do a thing!  The titles are already loaded on SORA and all students have simultaneous access.  Take a look at the new books all of our students will be able to read this summer.  



    Some Titles for Elementary Students:

     

    Some Titles for Secondary Students:

     

    Visit this link to see more books featured in the Sweet Reads Summer Reading.

    Navigating SORA

     

    Here’s a quick video that demonstrates some advanced navigation.  



    New and Upcoming Features

    SORA is expanding and the WSD usage is expanding too.  At our LEARN conference in August, sessions will feature SORA use and how it can transform the classroom reading experience.  Be on the lookout for the LEARN sessions that feature new SORA information. 

     

    • Classroom Sets of SORA Novels:  Students can have access to classroom sets of books for as low as $1 per student copy.
    • School-wide Control of Specific Titles:  If you like specific titles of books at your school, your librarian can add those titles to your school SORA account.
    • New Titles:  Hundreds of new titles will be available next fall
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  • May 4, 2021 - Neapod VR Experiences
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    May the 4th be with you, 2021

     

    “A next-level student experience Nearpod VR is!” - Yoda 

    (Disclaimer: this was not actually endorsed by the real Yoda from the stars wars saga.)

     

    Nearpod VR

    A long, long time ago in a district filled with innovation, there was one tool that quickly rose to power. 

    Nearpod became a one-stop shop for student learning and teacher efficacy. Students are now able to explore the world around them without leaving the classroom. Nearpod VR gives teachers the ability to create virtual field trips at no cost to them. 

     

    HOW to use:

    1. Log in to nearpod.com with your WSD.net account.
    2. Find a ready-to-use vr field trip lesson
      1. Click on nearpod library
      2. Search “VR” or something more specific with VR and browse the hundreds of lessons all ready to go.
      3. You can narrow your search by selecting options in the sidebar.

     

    1.  Create your own VR Field Trip
      1. Select Create -> lesson
      2. Click -> Add content & activities
      3. Select VR Field Trip
      4. Search for your destination and select an image you want to use
      5. You can add other nearpod activities and slides to create your own virtual tour for your students!
    2. Viewing Methods
      1. This works best if you have VR viewers and devices with the nearpod app. 
      2. Mobile devices with the Nearpod app work great as students can move the device to look around.
      3. Nearpod VR can also be used on the screen of Chromebooks and navigated with a mouse cursor.

     

    Resources

    Ready to use lessons

    https://nearpod.com/t/search?q=vr&t=1

    https://youtu.be/4VliWohdvAg

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