MCHENRY, Ill., March 20, 2020 — As the number of school closures mount due to the spread of COVID-19, Follett today announced it is partnering with Weigl Publishers, Inc. to offer Lightbox, a PreK-12 interactive ebook platform, and AV2 World Languages, a K-3 ebook program, free of charge to schools worldwide through June 30.
Bringing learning to life, Lightbox uses video, audio, and text to explore content aligned with national and state standards and is ideal for student at-home use. With more than 1,000 high-interest titles in subjects such as science, language arts, and mathematics, Lightbox fills curriculum gaps while providing a fun, engaging, student-centered learning experience to improve comprehension, vocabulary, and engagement.
Each of the Lightbox titles features learning reinforced through slideshows, activities, quizzes, vocabulary, and at-home printable worksheets, as well as Google Maps to provide further context. Anne Marie Doyle's elementary school uses Lightbox, and she is most impressed how the titles meet students at their interest level.
"Students love them and are definitely engaged longer than with a traditional book," said Doyle, library media specialist at Dunn's Corners School in Westerly, R.I. "Students today are already immersed in technology, and this is another way to make books more exciting for them. Activities and extensions are all age-appropriate and engaging. I love that Follett was cognizant of various learning styles when developing Lightbox."
Ideal for visual learners and striving readers, AV2 World Languages is a collection of 1,000 audio ebooks comprised of 100 high-interest titles in 10 languages. The program creates an immersive language-learning experience while supporting diversity and multiculturalism.
Those interested in the free offer should register here. Lightbox and AV2 World Languages can be accessed by educators, parents, and students on all devices. No special set up is required, and support is available by calling (815) 759-1700.
"As learning continues to transition to homes, we understand the importance of giving educators, parents, and students as many eLearning options as possible," said Britten Follett, executive vice president, Follett School Solutions. "We are gratified to work with Weigl and its CEO Warren Rylands to make Lightbox and AV2 World Languages available to students worldwide."
For a complete list of Follett's eLearning solutions ideal for at-home learning, visit this one-stop resource page.
To view a video from one school's (Cotton Creek School in Island Lake, Ill.) use of Lightbox, visit http://bcove.me/azawjhgt.
To view the AV2 World Languages program, visit https://bit.ly/3a7B1DD.
About Follett's PreK-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
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About Follett Corporation
Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of educational materials, digital content, eCommerce, and multi-media for libraries, schools and institutions. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools, and more than 2,700 physical locations and campus eCommerce platforms in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett's reach also extends to the public library markets.