Thanks to Stacy Morgan at Friedberg Elementary for this awesome blog post! NC Kids is an awesome resource for K-5, but don't forget the Teen eReading Room for 6-12 and NC Overdrive. All accessible with a library card or Student Access.
Earlier in the year, Student Access forms were sent home throughout Davidson County Schools to grant students access to the online resources found through the Davidson County Public Library. Initially, very few forms were returned at Friedberg. I then realized that the best way to have students bring back their forms was to show their teachers how useful this resource could be. During a staff meeting, I opened up the NCKids Digital Library with my own library card and shared resources found there with staff. Many teachers were immediately excited, particularly our upper grade teachers who have 1:1 Chromebook access. Another way that I increased form return was to feature these resources to students during their enrichment time and let them know that they too could access them once I received their signed forms.
Eventually, access form return increased greatly. I had multiple classrooms that had the majority of their class return and I also had almost 100% return across all 3 of our 5th grade classes. Since 5th grade seemed to be my best audience, I used a set of iPads to log all students onto the Davidson County Public Library during enrichment time. Students immediately started checking out books to read and listen to through the NCKids Digital Library. It was an instant hit! In the following days, I had teachers share with me that their students were frequently reading books that they found online. Teachers whose own children attend Friedberg shared that this resource was being used not just at school, but at home as well. When in classrooms, I also noticed students with headphones listening to audiobooks while following along in the print text.
Now that this resource is widely used in our 5th grade, it has received rave reviews. A teacher who was new to 5th grade and had a small classroom library uses Student Access to give her students more independent reading options. A 5th grade parent noted that the NCKids Digital Library audiobooks have been a game changer for her son’s reading comprehension as he does best when hearing the book and following along in a print version. He is now reading more than he ever has! Students also enjoy the instant access to some of their favorite titles as well as the fact that books can’t be lost and are returned automatically!
Hopefully this great resource will continue to grow in usage in the coming school years!
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