Showing someone how to do something is so much easier than trying to explain it. I guess that is why we have so many websites, such as Lynda.com and udemy.com, offering online training. The same goes for World Book Online. We, like other online companies, have webinars, newsletters, videos, and online manuals to help you use the sites. However, in the eight years that I have been with World Book, nothing has worked better than giving a live presentation at a staff meeting. When I first started giving PD presentations, I was bombarded with questions, but now, after hundreds of presentations, I am lucky if I get one. I have found, however, that if I have Snickers fun-size bars to give out to anyone who asks an interesting question, I do get a lot more, about 12 to be precise.
I also know that personal presentation works because I have the usage reports to back it up.
This first image is a school with just over 600 students plus staff. As you can see, the usage was low for the first half of the year. The teacher librarian was sending emails to the staff but without success. After a PD with all the staff, usage jumped to almost 70,000 hits per month on the site. That’s about 2,333 hits per day. You can also see that usage stayed steady until the year started to wind down.
This next school had the training just after the databases were introduced.
This school had some good months, but after a training session, they started to see steady use. This school still has room for improvement as they have over 1,000 students.
This last example had considerable success, but after a few months, they started to slip back into the old habits. An email to teachers and parents reminding them of World Book Online’s username and password will normally help.
Usage reports are a better way to see if World Book is being used in your school. In the old days, the only way we could tell if World Book had been used was to see if there was any dust on it.
World Book Online’s pricing is based on the number of students you have. How much use you get from your investment is up to you. To book a PD session for your school, send me an email, and I will give you a link to the booking website I use.