Go Digital

Image for Go Digital from FSS Marketing Store Make the move from print to digital as smooth as possible for your school or district with our digital education resources, services, and solutions. We have the best programs available, from eBooks and eContent management platforms, to support tools and services that manage your digital assets.

No matter where your school or district falls in the digital transition process, we have solutions to meet your needs.

It is important to know that we have the help, the support from Follett. So that, when we’re struggling with issues, we know that there is someone on the other end of the phone to help us work through our tech issues. It is also nice to have an integrated environment where everything is available to the students. They don’t have to go to five places to get eBooks, audio, and digital resources.

Kim Salierno Resource Teacher School Library and Educational Resources K-12 at Niagara School District

Integrate eBooks and Mobile Devices

Schools are on the frontlines of the shift to digital content. Educators must determine how to best combine print, digital content, and other resources for their school. They must respond to the curriculum needs of the new Common Core Standards and develop a cost-effective eBook acquisition strategy.

To make this process clearer, we have highlighted a few touch-points when it comes to purchasing and using education eBooks:

  • Ownership: Contrary to print books, which are owned by schools, eBooks are not owned but instead licensed
  • Licenses: eBook licenses vary — some allow broad access for students, can be used simultaneously, and work on multiple devices; others are more restrictive

The type of eBook license that is most appropriate for a school will depend on device types, usage restrictions, and many other factors. Follett offers multiple license types including 1-to-1 and unlimited simultaneous access; there is sure to be an option that fits your budget and requirements.

Far from just a vendor, we also supply platforms for reading and managing eContent. Our Follett eBook and Follett BryteWave™ K-12 Edition platforms provide an eBook experience that can be customized to fit the needs of your school.

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Select the Ideal Digital Education Partner

Not all eBook publishers and vendors have the same policies. When selecting a digital education partner, their practices must align with what’s best for your school.

Factors to consider when choosing a partner to help your school make the digital transition include:

  • What are the details of the licensing agreement?
  • Are there administrative or subscription fees that don't apply to eBook acquisition?
  • What happens to licensed eBooks if the subscription is not renewed?
  • Is there an app to download and read eBooks offline?
  • Does the program require individual user information for access?
  • How much K-12 content is available?
  • Can the content be used on classroom projection devices such as interactive whiteboards?
  • What interactive features are available – dictionary, note-taking, highlighting, keyword search?
  • What usage reports are available?
  • Can content be used/accessed on both school-owned and personal devices?

Our eContent includes interactive features, is K-12 dedicated, and can be used on nearly every mobile device. In essence, Follett digital education solutions provide students, staff, teachers, and librarians with 24/7 access to eContent — anytime, anywhere.

Navigating the digital education transition is tough; we can help. Follett has unmatched experience in working with K-12 schools, and we bring this expertise to our digital content platforms. Our Follett Shelf Classroom Connections module provides the essential tools educators need to build lesson plans around eContent.

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Choose the Best Devices for Your School

An increasing number of schools and districts are planning a complete transition from traditional curriculum materials to digital. Other organizations, challenged by the costs of outfitting every student with a digital device, are experimenting with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. Both of these scenarios involve a large increase of devices and device types in the school system.

Managing multiple digital devices with different software and operating systems is a significant challenge. For example, choosing a certain device may limit your options to buy or implement certain eContent. We designed our Follett BryteWave K-12 Edition Reader to work with a wide variety of devices, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, and the most popular internet browsers.

BryteWave K-12 Edition and Follett eBook module deliver a consistent, student-friendly reading experience across each platform. Regardless of your particular device or policy, with our eContent you’ll have peace-of-mind.

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Encourage Digital Literacy Across All Subject Areas

Reading is at the heart of digital literacy. This is particularly true in regards to Common Core Standards, which require students to gather facts from narrative or informational texts and communicate it using print, audio, and visual media. These digital literacy skills are absolutely essential for college and career readiness.

Although Common Core assessments are still under development, it is likely that the assessment of reading skills will soon require that students be prepared to read, write, and analyze digital content in all core subjects. That digital content now includes blogs, videos, podcasts, social media, and many other esoteric formats.

By partnering with us, you can build digital literacy among your students and be prepared for these incoming changes. With our digital education resources, such as Follett BryteWave K-12 Edition, Classroom Connections, and WebPath Express™, you’ll be able to:

  • Ensure that staff and students understand the basics of conducting an effective search
  • Provide a wide array of subject-specific resources to students and help them evaluate source authority
  • Encourage students to fact-check or corroborate their information by comparing it to other credible sources
  • Promote student usage of non-text information sources such as video, audio, infographics, and interactive content
  • Offer lessons and project opportunities using free software tools so that students can practice using digital resources

Digital literacy is a gateway to critical thinking skills. Reach that gateway with our digital education services and ensure that your school is ready for the increasingly technology-focused Common Core Standards.

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Support Personalized Learning with Digital Resources

This is an exciting time in K-12 education; digital content is now more accessible and education-centric than ever before. These resources allow teachers to create individual learning paths for their students and promote student engagement. When they are engaged, students take more responsibility for their learning.

Together, teachers and students are tapping into an increasingly rich library of digital resources to achieve meaningful learning outcomes. Digital resources provide media-rich content to supplement curricula, but can be frustrating and overwhelming without the right support. We can help you organize and deliver this content with our digital education solutions:

  • Provide a consistent, easy way to search paid and free databases with our WebPath Express platform
  • Offer a more robust learning experience with our interactive eBooks and other digital content
  • Tailor lesson plans to specific learning styles and design personalized learning plans with Follett Shelf Classroom Connections
  • Integrate note-taking, highlighting, and other interactive learning features with Follett BryteWave K-12 Edition

Technology allows teachers to create a richer and more robust learning experience for their students. Unlock the advantages of digital technology for your school by partnering with us. From ordering to implementation, we make the process easy for K-12 schools.

Protect Student Privacy in a Digital World

Schools and districts hold student privacy at the heart of all policies and procedures. The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that schools and districts maintain confidentiality of personally identifiable student information; students and families expect that level of protection.

Unfortunately, consumer products are not held to the same standard, so the addition of commercial products to school networks requires controlled integration to protect student information in every way possible.

As a K-12 education-focused supplier, we’re proud to offer digital solutions that treat private student and school information with the respect it deserves. All of our digital content platforms carry this same level of protection; when you partner with Follett, protecting student privacy comes easily. This includes both our Aspen™ Instructional Management System and Student Information System, which store student and staff information securely.