Is the beginning of the school year a nightmare trying to set up multiple logins for multiple publisher platforms? Since teachers don’t all use the same digital books, they will also be using different digital platforms from multiple publishers. Schools can easily be using 20 to 30 different platforms! Trying to troubleshoot hundreds of requests from students and parents trying to access multiple platforms, all with different logins can get complicated for teachers, students, and the designated go-to person.
A Daunting Task
While students and teachers at Benedictine High School were busy making summer break plans, Beverly Zima, Auxiliary Book Clerk, found her first summer with the school consumed by one project: setting up the next calendar year’s e-reader access for each student. She quickly realized how daunting the task was. Every publisher had its own login, and sometimes each book from the same publisher even had a separate login. Even with the help of school guidance counselors, providing online access to 360 students proved to be hundreds of hours of work.
"After spending my entire summer organizing 360 students’ ebooks and lists of passwords, I then went to each class and instructed the students and teachers,” she said. “They had to go to the publisher’s website, find their book and bookmark the page. They could have five different websites and five different passwords. I did this for every student, freshmen to seniors."
With her summer gone and the beginning of the year’s e-reader instruction completed, the headaches still didn’t stop. Students came to her with password issues and teachers weren’t able to access the websites, also coming to Beverly for help.
Searching for a Solution
After the “not so smooth” transition to ebooks in the classroom, the school was determined to find a solution and searched for a company that could streamline the process for them.
With this goal in mind, members of the school’s technology department researched companies and found EdTech Software’s website. A meeting was quickly set up between the school’s principal, IT personnel, Beverly, and the Operations Manager at EdTech.
Beverly said they also interviewed other companies and were promised a lot of things, but what made EdTech stand out was that
"EdTech created a personal connection by providing a lot of support. The personal attention was unbelievable, saying, ‘don’t worry, we’ll take care of it.’"
The first summer with EdTech took some work getting all the grade levels started and organized, but EdTech made it much easier by contacting the publishers to get the school’s ebook licenses and codes.
A Sigh of Relief
Beverly said with a sigh of relief,
“I didn’t have to do that heavy lifting and now all the kids have to do is get on the dashboard and all their books are in one place.”
When asked what she likes most about working with EdTech, Beverly said,
"Besides making my life easy, EdTech provides immediate support. They are there every day, every minute.” She also added, “Once the students and teachers started utilizing the EdTech support hotlines, students even started helping each other.”
Since implementing EdTech’s software, Beverly now simply provides EdTech with the list of incoming freshmen and has happily taken her summers back.
EdTech is always there for you, offering relentless support for school and a cutting-edge approach to ebook implementation. Our innovative online platform and tools give school administrators and teachers the controls they need at their fingertips. We also provide students and their parents with access to all their content on an easy-to-use platform with a single login, in most cases. We know that ‘going digital’ can be scary – we make it a pleasant and positive experience for all involved! EdTech is the schools’ premier and modern-day choice for simplified, easy, and fast ebook implementation.
To discover an all-in-one digital solution for your classroom ebooks and how we can work with your school to make your ebook implementation a breeze, contact us for a Free Demo!
EdTech Solutions leverages education technology to improve learning by making it easy and simple for schools and students to manage and access individualized digital content on any device. EdTech’s cutting-edge approach to schoolwide ebook implementation and our innovative online platform and tools give school administrators and teachers the controls they need while providing students and parents with access to all their content on one easy-to-use platform with a single login, in most cases.
When you work with us, we create a personalized bookstore for your school where students can access and purchase their ebooks and textbooks on Shelfit.com. We also help publishers make their content available digitally to students on our robust multi-publisher ebook reader platform. We strongly believe that knowledge and good education should be available to all, and we are committed to developing and providing the online learning tools and modern services that make it possible.