Wed, Jun 29, 2022
Fri, May 27, 2022
Are you looking for new tools to put into your digital toolbox? Come join IU13 IMS at our “Back-to-School” Mini-Conference featuring introductory sessions on IU13 Instructional Media Services. Unlock the features of Discovery Education, BrainPop, OverDrive/Sora, Gale Research Databases, and CultureGrams.
Did you know that you can check out equipment such as the StarLab, Mobile VR Kits, and the Telepresence System or the new IMS STEM Lending Library? Certification workshops are available or you can just come and explore items such as Sphero Robots, Makey Makey, and Phidgets. Other educational technology session offerings such as an introduction to Google Workspace, Schoology and much more will also be available.
Sessions will be designed to provide educators with training on the program, then provided ample time to ask questions, collaborate with colleagues, and develop lessons and projects for the new school year. Monday's sessions are targeted towards newer and less experienced educators, while Tuesday will focus on more advanced applications of educational technology tools, materials and programs.
Attendees should bring their own internet connected device and are encouraged to have user district accounts created in advance. Visit the event website for more information.
Tue, May 17, 2022
Announcement: OverDrive will be updating their network configuration on October 10, 2022.
School Districts may currently be allowing 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, and 22.214.171.124 through their firewall for OverDrive to connect with their ILS/LMS to authenticate users during the sign in process. If so, districts need to update their firewall before October 10, 2022, to allow the following subnet: 126.96.36.199/24. This will ensure there is no disruption for users. For now, please continue to allow 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, and 220.127.116.11 through your district's firewall. If your authentication service is hosted offsite by your ILS/LMS vendor, we recommend contacting them to confirm the updated IP addresses.
Additionally, in rare circumstances, some institutions filter outbound network access to specific IP addresses. If your institution does this, you will need to add 18.104.22.168/24 to your allow list to ensure your users can still access OverDrive from within your network after this change.
OverDrive will send a follow up message in October confirming that this migration is complete and it is safe to remove the legacy 22.214.171.124/23 IP addresses from your firewall. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our team via the Authentication Support button under the Support tab in OverDrive Marketplace.
Mon, May 2, 2022
Between May 3 and July 28, 2022, OverDrive will perform server upgrades to enhance the performance and security of their systems. Upgrades will occur between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays and could impact service only once for approximately 60 minutes or less. Impacts to your users should be minimal.
Last year, OverDrive acquired Kanopy, a leading streaming video service. While Kanopy is currently for public libraries, colleges, and universities, we are exploring opportunities for K-12 partners in the future. In the meantime, OverDrive is preparing to wind down the OverDrive video format. All OverDrive video titles will be removed from your collection on September 1, 2022.
Summer and winter breaks are almost upon us and there’s no better time to revisit Sora and explore ways to keep students reading even when school’s not in session. Bookmark their Upcoming Webinars page now to stay up to date with our current offerings and learn about what’s coming next, such as Sora Essentials on May 10th at 3 pm EST, World Literary Tour: Spotlight on OverDrive's Spanish-Language Catalog on May 11th at 11 am EST, and Sora Connections: Making the Most of Your School Breaks on May 26th at 3 pm EST.
Mon, Apr 25, 2022
Here are some "Timely & Relevant" resources from Discovery Education for the month of May. Be sure to log into your instance of Discovery Education before clicking on the links below.
This Month at DE
May Activity Calendars
Timely May Resources
Creatively Engage Students During Testing Review
Keep the Learning Momentum Going This Summer
Become a DEN STAR!
Topics: Discovery Education