Newington College’s Director of ICT, Myles Carrick, was kind enough to speak to some visiting teacher librarians about digital texts and LearningField in May 2014.
He started his discussion with this interesting premise: the question is not how do schools get textbooks onto iPads, but how do schools get great resources into learning situations and how do they support creation and curation/sharing of resources?
Schools like Myles’ are focusing on looking for the tools that will enable teachers and students to find, create and share great resources. On this basis he notes the problems school have in making online textbooks work – notably the ‘one screen’ problem and, for Newington, coordinating the use of these digital texts with numerous publishers.
He then explained his experience of LearningField, highlighting the following positives:
- A suite of eReading applications – being rapidly developed and updated
- Outstanding customer service/support
- Solid relationships with almost all of the major educational publishers
- A fantastic business model and pricing strategy: flat fee per student; chapter-based distribution; freedom for teachers and students to choose anything from the catalogue
- A fast content distribution network – students do not have to wait long for chapter downloads.
Finally he ended with some of the items he expects to see to evolve the service: better management tools including synchronisation with student data, true single sign-on (SSO) using SAML 2 and access to some of the online interactive content from the publishers.
Note: On August 15, 2016, LearningField announced it extended Single Sign On (SSO) support to the Desktop and Mobile Bookshelf apps for Android, iPad, Mac and Windows.
The full post can be seen at: http://blogs.newington.nsw.edu.au/ict/2014/05/our-first-year-with-learningfield-6-months-in/ including a copy of the presentation given on the day.