RCS Libri and Olivetti: partnership to develop “Digital Classrooms”

11/24/2009 - 00:00 PM

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RCS Libri and Olivetti are pooling their competencies respectively in educational publishing and IT solutions to develop leading-edge teaching instruments for schools.

RCS Libri, Italy’s educational publishing market leader, and Olivetti, the go-to company for information technology in Italy and worldwide, announce the start of a partnership to develop products, services and applications in order to foster digital classroom roll-out in public and private schools.

Under the agreement, RCS Libri will integrate all new educational publishing output - paper and digital books, downloadable books, online updates of textbooks and digital content for interactive multimedia whiteboards - with Olivetti’s hardware and software solutions for school environment digitalization. Olivetti will supply multimedia whiteboards and associated products including PCs, projectors and servers, in addition to software applications for managing interaction between schools and students’ homes. RCS will also have access to technical help, IT support and teacher training through Olivetti and its network of licensees.

RCS Libri’s brand-new integrated “Digital Classroom” offering for schools, teachers and students, offered in partnership with Olivetti, complies with recent ministerial guidelines regarding innovation in schools publishing and leverages the latest rapidly-evolving teaching technologies. Far more effective than books or cd-roms alone, the range of offerings is enhanced by digital tools that foster the development of new forms of teaching for the transfer of knowledge and competencies, while respecting the heterogeneous nature of classes and students’ individual interests and abilities

RCS Libri’s brand-new integrated “Digital Classroom” offering for schools, teachers and students, offered in partnership with Olivetti, complies with recent ministerial guidelines regarding innovation in schools publishing and leverages the latest rapidly-evolving teaching technologies. Far more effective than books or cd-roms alone, the range of offerings is enhanced by digital tools that foster the development of new forms of teaching for the transfer of knowledge and competencies, while respecting the heterogeneous nature of classes and students’ individual interests and abilitiesPatrizia Grieco, Olivetti’s CEO, commented: “We have developed an ensemble of vertical solutions for schools that confirms Olivetti’s ability to deploy 360° innovation. We believe that RCS is one of the best-qualified entities out there to accompany schools on the path to digitization through a content-centric focus that ensures the greatest possible benefit to students.”

Giulio Lattanzi, CEO of RCS Libri, said: “We chose Olivetti to be our main technology partner because we both share an innovation-based strategic approach. This partnership enables RCS to present itself to schools as a one-stop shop for all of their needs.”

Part of the RCS Media Group, RCS Libri-Education offers a comprehensive textbook catalogue for all educational levels through a stable of brands that includes Fabbri, Bompiani per la scuola, Sansoni per la scuola, La Nuova Italia, Calderini, Markes, Edagricole, Etas, and Tramontana, plus distribution agreements with the Oxford University Press, Hachette, Edinumen, and Alma.

Telecom Italia Group company Olivetti develops and supplies IT products, services and solutions to SMEs, major corporations and government bodies, and has an extensive and highly-skilled support network.

Milan, 24  November 2009