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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Overdrive

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality:
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 04, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: Overdrive is both a site and an App. It provides access to local libraries' electronic books free of charge. It also provides electronic book delivery for publishers and schools.
Learning Goals: The goals would depend on the material selected; however, Overdrive makes it possible for students to borrow books for class use without any cost. Overdrive works with thousands of libraries, schools, retailers, and publishers, providing the infrastructure for managing, protecting, and distributing digital content
Target Student Population: Preschool through University level books are available.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Compatible computers and devices include PC, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, BlackBerry® and Windows® Phone. Kindle® compatibility (US schools and libraries only) requires Kindle device or Kindle reading apps developed by Amazon. Borrowing from a library requires a valid library card.
Type of Material: Repository
Recommended Uses: Supplementary materials in classes
Technical Requirements: OverDrive works with leading technology companies to develop software and apps for end users to enjoy eBooks, audiobooks, music and video. Compatible computers and devices include PC, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, BlackBerry® and Windows® Phone. Kindle® compatibility (US schools and libraries only) requires Kindle device or Kindle reading apps developed by Amazon.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating:
Strengths: This repository allows users to borrow books in various formats from local libraries for which they have a valid card. The curriculum usage depends on the text chosen.
Concerns: Books are only checked out for a two week period.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Overdrive could save students money on supplementary texts required for a class. This is a major help to defraying the cost of required texts for college and university students. This resource might be useful for teachers who are trying to find e-learning materials that are not available at their home school.
Concerns: Checkout is two weeks.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Overdrive is easy to use. Searches can be quick or advanced. Users have the option to show only texts that are immediately available.
Concerns: Most libraries have a limited supply of electronic books. However, users can put a hold on books they need or want. Your account shows your position in the queue for the book.