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USING SORA: Getting Started

SORA FROM OVERDRIVE

Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to get started with digital titles from our school. Students can simply log
in using school credentials and instantly access hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks on virtually any device.

Sora is your gateway to the best selection of ebooks and audiobooks available to schools, spanning millions of titles from

thousands of publishers. With a catalog for all interests and abilities, Sora truly offers something for all readers

  • Easy to use, one tap to get inside a book
  • The largest catalog of ebooks and audiobooks…made even larger by access to your public library through Sora
  • Teachers can assign titles and track individual student reading progress
  • Exportable notes, highlights for collaborative learning
  • Personalized with book recommendations and learning tools like dyslexic font, enlarged text, Read-Alongs and audiobooks
  • Badges and achievements to engage students
  • Same experience on all devices

This video will help you get started with Sora

Introducing Sora to Teens: Open a world of reading

Enjoy An AUDIO BOOK in Sora

DYSLEXIC????

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Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for students with dyslexia as the letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. Dyslexic fonts provide greater contrast in letters which solves this problem.

The Sora app and OverDrive’s browser-based format, OverDrive Read, all feature a dyslexic font option, making determining letters much easier so readers can focus on finding and enjoying their next great read.

 

Access to Sora

Step 1

Install the Sora app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to https://soraapp.com.

OR

LAUNCH THE APP FROM YOUR CHROMEBOOK

Step 2

In Sora, find your school, then sign in.

Step 3

Browse the Explore tab and borrow a book. Your book will open so you can start reading right away.

Step 4

Close the book and go to your Shelf to see all your books (including assignments). From there, you can:

  • Click or tap Open Book or Open Audiobook to read or listen to the book.
  • Click or tap Options to renew or return the book, get to your notes and highlights, and more.

SEARCHING FOR TITLES IN SORA

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READ ALONGS

OverDrive Read-Alongs deliver:

  • Text highlighted as the narrator reads (highlighting varies by publisher)
  • Well-known narrators, including Randy Travis, John Lithgow, Robert Munsch and Ray Charles
  • Soundtracks with sound effects (available for some titles)
  • Compatibility with two-page illustrated titles, with every word and picture displayed just like the print book
  • Availability on any device with an internet connection and a modern web browser
  • Automatic page turning
  • Rewind and pause options
  • Volume and speed control

Learn more about OverDrive Read-Alongs here.

Connect with the local public library to expand access to ebooks & audiobooks

Only Sora enables students to browse and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the local public library AND their school’s digital collection. Getting started is easy:

  1. Students add their local public library in Sora
  2. They’re presented with all the age-appropriate titles available to them from the library’s digital collection
  3. Titles are borrowed using a library card or, with Public Library CONNECT, existing school credentials

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Perks of Sora

Perks for teachers, perks for students:

• Assignments: Assigned books show up automatically and expire on a due date set by teachers.

• Achievements: Students earn badges by reading books and using Sora app features, increasing engagement and making reading fun!

• Notes and Highlights: Students can make notes and highlights within Sora as they read or export them to PDF, CSV, and Google Drive to share you with teachers.

• Reading Stats: Sora tracks number of books read, student reading time, time per book, and more. Review one on one to set student reading goals!

• Public Library Access: Students can browse, search, and borrow books from the public library to ensure they have immediate access to the content they need. 

Library Media Specialist

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Nancy Green
Contact:
Timberlane Regional High School
36 Greenough Road
Plaistow, New Hampshire 03865