Philadelphia, PA -- June 27, 2005. A new district solution that gives greater teacher access and tighter control of instructional materials is being introduced by Follett Software at the National Educational Computing Conference.
Destiny Media Manager is the latest addition to the award-winning Destiny Resource Management Solution, which saves districts time and money by making it easy to track and manage their instructional assets. Destiny's advanced browser-based technology makes it fast and affordable to implement.
Destiny Media Manager is designed to help districts make sure that students get the learning resources they need. It's one of the first browser-based solutions that allows teachers to search for, reserve and track all sorts of instructional media, including software, videos, activity kits, manipulatives and more.
"With the growing emphasis on visual and hands-on learning, districts need to stock all sorts of instructional materials." said Follett Software President Tom Schenck. "But to get the most out of this expensive investment, teachers need to be able to find the materials they need and get them quickly. Destiny Media Manager helps make that happen."
"Destiny Media Manager makes it easy for teachers to find and schedule instructional media, 24/7," said Bob Gehle, program administrator for media services at the School District of Manatee County, Fla., one of the districts that beta-tested the product. " Administrator s can better manage the collection, from anywhere.
"Plus, integrating Media Manager with Library Manager and Textbook Manager streamlines our administration functions, saving us time and money," Gehle added.
Using barcode technology, Destiny keeps track of all relevant information for every media item—a detailed description, who's got it now, when it's due back and who needs it next. Teachers can search for curriculum-related materials from anywhere and reserve the items. Administrator s can look at usage statistics and inventory reports to make the most informed, efficient purchasing decisions.
- Enhance instruction, student achievement and motivation: Encourages the incorporation of media into classroom instruction, so students learn more.
- Share resources: Destiny's centralized system lets districts share expensive instructional materials across the district, helping stretch the media budget.
- Easy, fast and inexpensive to implement : Destiny's web-based technology installs at the district and is available through browser-based computers. No dedicated terminals or site-based clients to buy and install.
- Order more efficiently: Destiny's usage reports let business managers plan purchases and budgets more accurately, eliminating over- and under-ordering and redundant orders.
About Destiny Resource Management Solution
Destiny Library Manager is part of Follett's Destiny Resource Management Solution. Destiny's easy-to-use, browser-based technology provides schools and districts better control of their book inventories. Destiny Library Manager lets K-12 districts offer complete library management services to all schools from a single installation via any supported web browser. The Destiny Resource Management Solution also includes Follett's Destiny Textbook Manager, an easy-to-use system that gives districts and schools total control of their textbook inventory. Used separately or as one integrated system, both applications save schools and districts time and money by eliminating redundant site-based installation and maintenance, and offer better control of district resources. Destiny Library Manager was recently awarded the 2004 Award of Excellence from Technology & Learning magazine, which called it an "easy, powerful, and meaningful use of technology."
About Follett Software Company
For nearly two decades, Follett Software Company has provided K-12 education with powerful, innovative technology solutions to manage library, textbooks and other assets more effectively. The company also offers a range of proven software and service solutions to help districts and schools strengthen the connection between the classroom and the library by linking learning resources to state standards more effectively, supporting reading achievement by making reading program titles more accessible, and ensuring fast, easy access to quality information.
More than 37,000 customers in almost half the nation's school districts have chosen Follett Software. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, whose mission is to be the leading provider of educational solutions, services and products that empower schools, libraries, colleges, students and life-long learners.