Christopher Columbus High School: Sailing into a Smooth Ebook Implementation

When a school decides they’re ready to begin the transition from print to digital books, they often start by assigning an administrator, IT employee, or teacher to oversee the process. It usually doesn’t take long for them to realize the process is more than they thought it would be and they need reinforcements to help. EdTech makes it easy and simple for schools and students to manage and access individualized digital content using one platform from any device. Discover how we helped Christopher Columbus High School in this case study.

Christopher Columbus High School is a private, all-male Catholic high school located in Miami, Florida. After introducing a one-to-one iPad program, Christopher Columbus decided to move from hardbound books to an all-digital format.

Pedro Garcia-Casals, the school’s Assistant Principal, oversaw the transition from print to digital books. He and his team spent a short time managing the online and digital classrooms on their own and found the process to be chaotic. In order to get the results they wanted, help was necessary.

Prior to making the decision to go digital, Pedro and his team received guidance from a member of EdTech’s Sales team, who he says “advised me on what the schools on the West Coast were doing. We were not ready to move away from hardbound at the time, and he worked with us.”

When a school is ready to move toward digital books, the EdTech team conducts an ebook availability analysis. They research the school’s current hardbound textbooks to see if they’re available in digital format and suggest alternatives if they’re not.

Pedro was relieved to get the support they needed in the digital transition, saying:

“The first year was crazy trying to manage the digital implementation myself. Now, I am working with EdTech and everything is smooth.”

Within a year, EdTech helped Christopher Columbus transition from all print to a 95% digital school. Pedro has seen the impact this has made, saying:

“Having their books readily accessible anytime, anywhere has been a huge advantage for our students.”

According to Pedro, one of the most valuable services from EdTech is the scholarship assistance program:

“The clencher in the beginning was finding out they offered a scholarship fund for teacher materials, and students on financial assistance. This has been a huge help each year. It is magnificent. I have not used all of it, and there is still funding for the rest of year.”

We know that ‘going digital’ can be intimidating – we make it a pleasant and positive experience for all involved! EdTech is the schools’ premier and modern-day choice for simplified, easy, and fast ebook implementation.

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