When it comes to school-wide ebook implementation, sometimes there are more questions than answers. It can be an overwhelming process for educators as you consider book lists, publisher platforms, student access and getting the help and support you need when you need it. Fortunately, here at EdTech we have answers, and our ultimate goal is to make ebook implementation and ongoing management as easy as possible. Take a look at some of the most common questions we hear from schools and how we can help your school leverage technology to improve education by making it easy and simple for everyone involved in the process.
Can you help us manage multiple publisher platforms?
Yes! EdTech Solutions offers the ability to use a single sign-on to access multiple publishers – just about any textbook provider you use, we can integrate it with your curriculum. Students enjoy convenient access to all their study materials on one state-of-the-art platform, using only one login, in one location (in most cases). In other words, no more juggling multiple websites and losing logins that prevent them from getting to their ebooks, as well as saving your teachers and IT staff from being ‘password finders.’
What kind of support do you offer when a problem arises?
EdTech School personnel receive a dedicated support staff that offer comprehensive customer service for students and parents – someone that can be contacted directly with a quick response time when troubleshooting needs to be done. When you contact us, you’ll talk to a real person. While the standard response time in the industry is 24 hours, we typically have a quick response time of 3 to 5 hours. We understand you’re not only following a lesson plan, but you are also teaching multiple classes each day and don’t have time to troubleshoot.
Is managing the ebook implementation year-to-year a full-time job?
For many schools, it can be! That’s where EdTech comes in. We manage the entire ebook implementation process plus offer continuing support and training for teachers, parents and students when they need it. It’s not uncommon for an educator to tell us, “You’ve given me my summers back!”
Do you offer ongoing training?
How do students access their ebooks?
Students enjoy convenient access to all their study materials on one state-of-the-art platform using only one login, in most cases. EdTech also has a partnership with EdLink, allowing them to access their content directly from their Learning Management System and reduce the number of clicks needed to access their books and significantly improve the accessibility for both teachers and students. Check out this blog article for more info!
Do students need their own one-to-one device?
Yes, students do need their own one-to-one device, such as a Chromebook or iPad.
Can my school afford ebook implementation?
EdTech is transparent about implementation fees and doesn’t build extra fees into the cost and hide it like we’ve heard some competitors do. Cost depends on many factors at your school, so it’s best to have a conversation so we can get specifics about your school’s needs.
How can you help if my school’s “decision-makers” are hesitant?
EdTech will schedule a department head meeting to help get both administrators and teachers on the same page. After answering questions like: What are the current platforms being used? What are some of the resources? How are the books being used in the classroom? What we found during these very organic conversations is that the teachers are using the content, the online classroom environment, resources or even the print books, in a different way the administration had always thought.
How is the booklist for the school year selected?
EdTech Solutions can help with your school’s book list selection by reviewing your current book list, surveying teachers about the books they’re currently using, facilitating a department head meeting, and initiating one-on-one conversations with teachers. It’s up to you to decide how hands on you want to be in the process. Check out this blog article for more info!
If I want to move forward, what should my next step be?
The first step is to schedule a demo. After your demo, when you and your team are ready, we are more than happy to complete a booklist review for your school so that we can go over pricing and availability for your books. All you have to do is forward your school's list of books to us so that we can complete a booklist review for your school. It usually takes our service team about 7-10 business days to complete a booklist for pricing and availability review. Upon completion of your booklist by our service team, you and your team will be able to understand the total cost of the books purchased through EdTech as well as our availability.
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.