How OPS students are using eBooks in their classrooms

Posted: 8:22 PM, Dec 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-09 19:33:42Z

At Crestridge Elementary School, Andrew Lawler loves to read.

“I like that there is a picture in your head kind of,” he said.

Today, his class is learning overdrive. The E-book and audiobook provider is used by more than 90 percent of U.S. libraries. Now, Omaha Public Schools are getting in on the actions.

Up until this year, overdrive was mainly used at the secondary level.

Center High School readers were a big fan of it, but this year they have rolled out the program to all 64 elementary schools in the Omaha Public Schools’ system.

It is a big hit for Alaiya Heath too.

“You can just instead of getting a book it is right on the computer and its right in front of you,” she said.

It was hard to pull her away.

Students use a digital library but overdrive has its own free app for borrowing electronic material on tablets and smart phones.

They can also use Google Chrome, Windows and Mac computers to read. Getting kids excited about books, no matter how they're being read.

OPS students can also rate the e-books they like on over drive.

If a book gets enough stars, the program director orders more hard copies of that book for the library.