Softlink congratulates the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities (NSW DEC) on the release of its leading school eBook research report titled eBooks for Leisure and Learning.
Softlink Customer Relationship Director Hillary Noye said Softlink was proud to support NSW in one of Australia's first comprehensive school trials of OverDrive eBooks and eResources.
The test project conducted earlier this year explored the innovative use of eBook resources for teaching, learning and leisure as well as steps for implementation.
Results from the trial found a high level of engagement among students, teachers and parents/carers. A summary of results included:
- 41 percent of student and 47 percent of teacher respondents indicated that students were reading more than usual, with 21 percent of teachers signalled that reading skills had improved
- 90 percent of parents/carers believed eBooks helped their children become more interested in reading and that their children were more likely to read using technology or the internet. All parents/carers expressed a desire for ongoing access to eBooks
- access to and reading of eBooks was most prolific where there were planned, explicit learning activities
- teachers indicated student reading and writing enjoyment and skill development was evidenced by quality student work samples and feedback resulting from such planned learning activities
- students believed using eBooks improved their writing and creativity, and reading independently
- the most common devices used for accessing e Other findings included: eBooks were school computers, iPads, iPods and home computers During the trial Softlink provided access to some 5000 OverDrive eBooks and eResources in various formats (EPUB, PDF, video, audio, music) via Oliver, the school's knowledge, content and library management system. Resources were easily accessible and able to be searched like any other physical or electronic resource, delivered to the user through a secure environment.
Hillary said "the study is one of the first studies, potentially world-wide to objectively study the benefits of eBooks for teaching and learning innovation within schools.
"This report is a must read for any school considering eBooks now or in the near future."
NSW DEC's free report is available at: http://bit.ly/QRXOJu
The test project was conducted in partnership with the School Libraries and Information Literacy, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre (CLIC) and Softlink.
OverDrive is the world's most popular platform for digital content and resources including eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. OverDrive supplies a secure lending platform for 19,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets.
Softlink, developer of leading school knowledge, content and library management solution, Oliver, is the Australian distributor of OverDrive eBooks. Softlink is also a strong industry advocate conducting the Australian School Survey for the past three years and a supporter of the 2012 National Year of Reading.