Genesis Christian College Case Study
The teachers liked the idea that parents and students would be able to select whether to go with just digital or add print. We didn’t have problems with adoption, the platform is so intuitive and easy to use.
Joy explained that Genesis College students did not previously have ‘a one stop shop’ access to digital texts. The College Library used individual icons for each publisher that linked students to various online resources. After trialling three eTextbook platforms, over a few years, unfortunately the platform they adopted for the 2019 school year did not live up to expectations. The College decided to look for an alternative platform for Semester 2 of 2019.
I’m a professional Teacher-Librarian (TL) and it was suggested on a Teacher-Librarian network forum, when discussing resource suppliers, that we try Box of Books. So, we ran a trial with our Year 11 students.
“I’m a professional Teacher-Librarian (TL) and it was suggested on a Teacher-Librarian network forum, when discussing resource suppliers, that we try Box of Books. So, we ran a trial with our Year 11 students in Semester Two and were happy with how that went. We then migrated all year levels across to Box of Books.” The migration included forwarding to BoB evidence that we had purchased texts through other suppliers.
Joy described the school’s digital strategy “Every student has a laptop which is leased from the school. We use the Windows operating system on which we use SharePoint, OneNote and Teams for teaching and collaboration. The school has Single Sign On via SAML/ADFS and all student subject enrolment information is located in The Alpha School System (TASS).”
Single Sign On is essential to us, and it is important to have the texts automatically allocated based on the data stored in TASS.
Box of Books set up access via the school’s Single Sign On, allowing the school to manage credentials in their Active Directory. BoB also configured a custom integration with TASS to identify teachers and get students’ subject data so that the platform could automatically allocate resources to users by their role, form year and subjects studied. “Single Sign On is essential to us, and it is important to have the texts automatically allocated based on the data stored in TASS. We felt that consistency and the ability to streamline into a one stop shop would make it as easy as possible for staff and students to successfully adopt the platform. Now there’s one place to access all resources – BoB.”
I’ve put up BoB signs everywhere showing users where to ask for help using the fantastic in-app support.
As part of managing the changeover the school had their BoB Regional Manager conduct staff professional development, “Brett came in and conducted training with teachers, and I’ve put up BoB signs everywhere showing users where to ask for help using the fantastic in-app support.” Box of Books also supplies physical texts to the College to supplement the digital texts. “We believe students learn best by having a combination of digital and physical texts, so we ordered print books where possible.”