While every librarian, teacher and student at your school can access and use Brain Hive, the head librarian will have master responsibility for both initial setup and ongoing budget and content management of your school's Brain Hive account.
Brain Hive eBooks can be integrated with library catalogs using MARC records, placing them in the same catalog alongside your existing print and eBook collection.
Brain Hive membership is FREE (yes, free!), and it takes less than 15 minutes to get started! One person at your school—your head librarian or principal—can sign up and personalize your school's account. Sign up now or share Brain Hive with your school's head librarian or principal.
Control the budget, user account, eBook settings, and more for multiple schools with our district level accounts. To get a district level set up, please contact us at 855-554-HIVE or firstname.lastname@example.org. A Brain Hive representative will be happy to create your account.
Most publishers who offer eBooks on demand also make their eBooks available for purchase on an unlimited simultaneous use basis. You will no longer incur checkout rental charges for any eBooks you purchase through Brain Hive.
You are not tied into a long-term subscription or commitment with Brain Hive.
This is a continually growing community. Please visit Publishers for the most up-to-date list.
Publishers add new titles to our collection each month. Preview the collection now for a list of titles available in our collection.
Brain Hive offers tremendous data for understanding eBook usage and reading in your school, including what's being read, how often, and for how long. A report wizard also makes it easy to generate reports for any time period, with easy data export to Excel or PDF format.
Your school's Brain Hive account administrator may also view and check out any title from Brain Hive for review and evaluation purposes without charge. This allows the account administrator to "kick the tires" while beginning to curate the collection as needed for your school.
A Brain Hive customer service representative will help you with making a donation toward pre-paid Brain Hive credit for your child's school.
We love referrals—and when something this sweet comes along, it's best to share. If you know of a school library that would benefit from Brain Hive, please send a referral email now.
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Brain Hive offers access from anywhere an authorized user has an Internet connection, making it perfect for after-school and at-home independent reading and research. Each student and teacher in your school will receive a unique username and password for secure access to your school's personalized Brain Hive account.
Every eBook title can be checked out by multiple students and teachers simultaneously within your Brain Hive account (limited to the teachers and students within a single school building).
We designed Brain Hive to meet the specific needs of schools and school libraries, including their unique instructional environment, lack of eBook availability, technological challenges and budget considerations.
Brain Hive is only available in the U.S., but we plan on expanding The Hive to schools in Canada and other English-speaking countries in the future.
To activate AR Quizzes, enter your Renaissance Place ID (RPID) in the account personalization settings. Once you enter a valid RPID, AR Quizzes will be active for any eBook in Brain Hive with an available quiz. Students will have the option to take the AR Quiz upon completion of reading an eBook. Quizzing hours are set by the school.
If you'd like to make Brain Hive available for your son or daughter, please "share the buzz" with your school's librarian and principal, so that they are aware of the great value Brain Hive can offer your child and his or her schoolmates. You may donate Brain Hive Bucks to your school by calling 855.544.HIVE.
The school's Brain Hive account administrator may delete any title from the eBook collection at any time, removing it from the school's account. Or, the account administrator may remove sensitive titles from the school's main eBook collection(s) and add those titles to a custom collection accessible only to select individual students or groups. Either way, you maintain complete control over all the content that is accessible to your students.
The long string of numbers (10) in your URL is your account number (see example). For your convenience, you can save your account number on the app login screen so you do not have to enter it each time you use the app. Simply check the “Remember My Account Number” box.
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There are no up-front costs and no long-term commitments—no kidding! You may join any time, and you only pay for the eBooks your students and teachers are using—just $1 per checkout.
If you have set funding that must be spent or encumbered, you can pre-pay for Brain Hive credits. The maximum checkouts will never exceed your budgeted or prepaid credits. Youmay also set up a PO, and we'll invoice you monthly based on checkouts and purchases. You set your spending limit. You'll never spend more than you've designated for Brain Hive. Payments can be made with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit card.
The account administrator will establish a maximum spending limit on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis, during the account personalization process. We will alert you when Brain Hive checkouts are nearing your spending limit. Your budget can be adjusted at any time without penalty.
The account administrator will set a maximum spending limit to match the amount of funding you have to spend on Brain Hive. You may establish a PO and be invoiced monthly based on eBook checkouts until you reach your budget allotment. Or, you can pre-pay for Brain Hive Buck credits in advance, and checkout charges will be deducted as you go. Next school year, you can adjust your spending however you choose. With Brain Hive, your school is always in control of spending, and you'll never be charged for more than the spending cap set within your account.
Q: If I run out of budget before the end of the month, quarter, or year, will my students and teachers still have access to Brain Hive?
A: Yes. Brain Hive is fully functional even when you have no budget remaining for eBook checkouts.
The Brain Hive service continues to be available to search for books, organize your Bookshelves, add ratings, create book clubs, reference saved notes, create custom collections, generate reports, and more. If a teacher or student attempts to check out an eBook and you have no budget remaining, the user will receive a friendly message stating that the title is temporarily unavailable and to check back soon.
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Brain Hive employs the latest online encryption technology to ensure a safe, secure experience for all users.
Brain Hive supports multiple web and mobile browsers, including those for PC, Mac and iPad. Please see our Technical Specifications to review minimum technical requirements for optimizing the Brain Hive experience.
A step-by-step setup wizard makes the entire process fast and easy.
While we tried to include every U.S. K-12 school in our database, selected school data was not available. We still want you to become Brain Hive members! If you cannot find your school in the sign-up search, please click on the "unable to find your school?" link. Provide some quick basic information to set-up your school's account and hit "submit." A Brain Hive representative will verify this information and send you an e-mail with your school's account information.
With so much for librarians, educators, and students to manage every day, we worked hard to design Brain Hive to be easy as honey pie. With simple buttons, wizard tools, dashboards, and everything you need at your fingertips, you and your students will be reading your favorite eBooks in minutes.
If you want to read eBooks that you've checked out from Brain Hive on an iPad®, you may download our free Brain Hive eReader App from the Apple App Store on iTunes. We also have an Android eReader App currently in development which is set to be released by the end of 2013. Please see our Technical Specifications document for current system requirements
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