McHENRY, Ill., Aug. 13, 2015 – Follett today unveiled Lightbox, a fully interactive, multi-dimensional interface for PreK-12 teachers looking to improve student engagement, comprehension, vocabulary and literacy development. Designed with digital natives and the way they learn in mind, Lightbox supports instructors with varied approaches to teaching topics, while its built-in tools create an engaging, student-centered learning experience for even the most disengaged students.
"There isn't another solution on the market quite like Lightbox," said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of content services and solutions for Follett. "Traditional ebooks tend to be recreations of print resources and do not take advantage of the benefits of modern technology."
Qaimari added Lightbox is easy to use, affordable, aligned to state standards and can supplement any science, social studies or reading strategy/literacy program. Its objective, he stressed, is to stimulate students' keen interest and immersion in a topic that ultimately leads to deeper mastery of the subject.
"While national surveys show students spend an average of 8 minutes with a traditional ebook," Qaimari said, "our pilot districts are telling us their students are spending an average of 45 minutes in a Lightbox topic."
Cotton Creek School, part of Wauconda Community Unit School District #118 in Island Lake, Ill., was among the districts to pilot Lightbox. "My students were very excited and motivated to use Lightbox," said Susan Fluger, fourth-grade teacher. "They were engaged and enjoyed sharing their discoveries with one another."
Lightbox delivers market-leading multimedia content from multiple sources in a single interface available on any device. For instance, if a class is studying glaciers, all elements of the lesson on the topic are aligned to the standards and built right into Lightbox, including:
- Audio: High-quality narration using an advanced text-to-speech system to boost student comprehension
- Video: Embedded high-definition video clips to make learning come alive
- Activities: Printable PDFs that can be emailed and graded, ideal for assessing student progress
- Weblinks: Carefully curated links to external, child-safe resources to enhance learning
- Slideshows: Pictorial overviews of key concepts to engage and inspire visual learners
- Google Maps: Interactive maps and satellite imagery to provide context
- Quizzes: Multiple choice assessments that are automatically graded and emailed for teacher review
- Key Words: Highlighted important terms matched with their definitions to enhance vocabulary and understanding
According to Darlene Baker, principal at Cotton Creek School, "The whole cycle of learning, testing and instructing is all together, in one place – Lightbox is fabulous."
Textbooks, ebooks and other resources are supplemented with core content from renowned video providers, Google Maps, library collections in Follett Destiny Library Manager, and Vocabulary.com. For more information or to purchase Lightbox, visit http://school.follett.com/lightbox.
For more information about Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com.
To view a video from Cotton Creek School's use of Lightbox, visit this link: http://bcove.me/azawjhgt
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.
About Follett Corporation
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on nearly 1,200 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.