OverDrive and Pearson to bring digital textbooks to Napa Valley Unified School District students
CLEVELAND – September 10, 2015 – Students at Napa Valley Unified School District’s (NVUSD) high schools in Napa and American Canyon, California, will be able to access their math textbooks digitally using iPads, Chromebooks or other devices, beginning this month for the 2015-2016 school year. Thanks to a new partnership with OverDrive, the leading eBook and audiobook platform for schools, and Pearson textbooks, NVUSD students in grades 9-11 can access and use their Pearson CME textbooks from the same OverDrive platform that currently supports assigned novels, leisure reading, and other content from many top publishers.
The algebra, geometry and pre-calculus books will be offered digitally, helping the district to comply with the Williams Act, which requires every student to have access to a textbook for every subject. The digital versions of the textbooks are downloadable, so students can access the content even if they do not have internet access, which can be a barrier for some families.
“NVUSD has always been a leader for integrating technology into the classroom and this powerful collaboration meets the diverse needs of our students and fuels an innovative change within the district,” said Karen Strong, Director of Curriculum for Napa Valley Unified School District.
“Students and teachers have already benefited from OverDrive’s streamlined access to resources for curriculum needs and we are looking forward to expanding our available resources to textbooks in a digital format,” said Kate MacMillan, Coordinator, Library and Digital Services for Napa Valley Unified School District.
As an early adopter of the OverDrive K-12 platform, NVUSD has been meeting students’ and educators’ needs with a custom combination of digital content for over two years. NVUSD staff selected digital books from millions of titles and thousands of publishers, which aligned with units of study and were compatible with all major devices, including the many Chromebooks purchased by the District.
“This vision was realized as the result of three great institutions coming together to make textbook content available in new and engaging ways that empower students to delve into adopted materials anywhere and on any device alongside many other types of content,” said Don Fabricant, Chief Sales Officer and General Manager of Education at OverDrive. “Together, we are really making digital content much more accessible and impactful.”
Pearson digital textbooks that students will be using are Center for Mathematics Education (CME 1), Center for Mathematics Education 2 (CME 2) and Center for Mathematics Education 3 (CME 3) which cover Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus in an integrated manner.
OverDrive is the leading global digital distribution platform offering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, periodicals and streaming video. With a network of 34,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide, OverDrive is dedicated to supporting digital content solutions that engage communities, students and educators. We support all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™, and Kindle® (U.S. only). OverDrive offers all digital media on a single platform, and offers APIs to streamline a seamless user experience. OverDrive Read, the breakthrough EPUB and HTML5 browser-based reading experience, now supports fixed layout and narrated eBooks. For more information, visit www.overdrive.com/schools.
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