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eBooks in Education: A Teacher In-Service  

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Do you read eBooks?

Do you read eBooks? See how your reading habits stack up...


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eBook: A User's Manual 

A library of reading materials available 24/7... from virtually anywhere your students (or you) go!

Over the past two years, HUHS Library's collection has expanded beyond print and databases to include over 2500 digital titles (and growing). These titles are available through a variety of platforms: Overdrive, FollettShelf, EbscoHost's Nonfiction Book Collection for High Schools and, coming soon, the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Every title is cross-referenced in our Destiny Online catalog, so that students can find these virtual treasures listed alongside the print copies available in house. Titles can be accessed from computers, mobile devices, mp3 players, and eReaders (such as Nook and Kindle).    

Our collection includes many young adult titles, but also includes plenty of award winning adult literature.

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eBook: A User's Manual 


A Quick Survey

As we develop our digital collection, it would be helpful if we had a better understanding of how teachers use and feel about ebooks. Please feel free to use the survey to indicate a desire for further one-on-one or group training.  Be sure to hit SUBMIT!


eBooks in the Destiny Catalog

Research says...

  • Your Brain on Fiction
    by Annie Murphy Paul. "Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life."
  • Reading in the Crawl Space
    by Chantal Franscois. This study suggests that students may benefit from daily, sustained time for independent reading time that is instructional. This study also suggests that coordinated efforts across school staff may ensure youth's positive interactions with texts. This study also holds implications for school-based research focused on disciplinary literacy.
  • Moving Beyond Time and Choice
    by Kevin Perks. Wondering how reading Lexile scores can inform your teaching? This study reveals best practices in guiding students to utilize Lexile scores to select reading materials.
  • How Learning to Read Improves Brain Function
    by Martha Burns, PhD. A professional reminder that "school is not just about learning new information; it is also about improving brain function?" Article highlights ways in which act of learning to read improves brain function in critical ways.
  • Our Deep Reading Brain: It's Digital Evolution Poses Questions
    by Maryanne Wolf. This report from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard explains how the "very plasticity" of the act of reading that allows it to be "fully fashioned over time and fully implemented when we read" can also result in a decrease in mental functioning when short-circuited by skimming and other internet related reading patterns.

Thoughts for Teachers...


  • eBooks are uniquely easy to search.  
    Students using ebooks can search through PUBLISHED titles in the same way that they search the internet...using a keyword.  
  • eBooks adjust to student needs.
    eBook readers (including the virtual reader loaded on the student laptop) allow students to modify type style and size, as well as line spacing.  For struggling readers, these can make the difference between struggling to read a simple book and fluidly reading a more difficult one.
  • eBooks readers are available through the library.
    We understand that not every student has the opportunity to experience eReading in a truly comfortable way. This is why we have eReaders available for student check-out.  While numbers are limited, we'll add readers as demand grows.  

Digital Audio Books

  • Digital audio books offer reluctant readers an option.
    Whether they dislike reading or struggle with it, listening to an audio book offers students the same access to expanded vocabulary, complex syntax, and creative thinking that print books offer. 
  • Digital audio books allow for multi-tasking.
    Once avid readers often stop reading during the teen years, when schedules become hectic.  Finding time to read an audio book can be as simple as plugging one in while they work in the yard, clean their room, go for a run, or ride the bus.
  • Digital audio books are normal.
    Struggling readers are sometimes afraid other students will "know." Digital audio books are loaded on the teens own MP3 player and what could be more "normal" than a teenager with earbuds?  For those who don't have MP3 players, their computers work fine.  We also have a selection of "self-playing" audio books that fit in the pocket and use a standard set of earphones.

Other ideas on how eBooks and digital audio can help our kids?  Leave a comment below!


Your Guide

Lora Cowell
HUHS Librarian, 2007-2014


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