FOSS Tech Corner: FOSSweb 2.0

FOSS Newsletter Staff
September 10, 2014 | Technology

If you haven't created a new account on FOSSweb 2.0, now is the time! was retired in July 2014. All users should now be using the new

Register for the FOSSweb 2.0 at:

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Once you create your account on FOSSweb 2.0, you'll need an access code to unlock teacher resources for your specific module. For the FOSS Third Edition, you will find the access code pasted on the inside cover of your Investigations Guide. Third Edition modules are modules purchased after August 2011 and have a "3rd Edition" logo on the front cover. For the FOSS Second Edition, you can sign up for the access codes online at or use the access codes in this newsletter.

Improved FOSSweb. 2.0 Video Servers and Site Performance

FOSSweb is an integral component of the FOSS curriculum, and we are always working on improving the site for our users! Several exciting updates have been rolled out on FOSSweb in the past few months.

In spring 2014, a new video server was added to FOSSweb to provide a significant improvement in the video playback. Streaming videos in the current FOSS editions and teacher prep videos across all FOSS editions will have faster video performance with video resolution automatically optimized for your location's bandwidth.

It should be noted that the new video server will not be able to resolve issues some districts experience due to local bandwidth and infrastructure. There have been noted instances where bandwidth at the local level can be impacted by the number of teachers/students trying to access Internet content. Bandwidth and any firewall issues are still issues that may need resolution from district or school IT staff.

In addition to the video updates, FOSS and School Specialty have been working on a project to improve FOSSweb overall performance. The performance upgrades have required extensive behind-the-scenes architecture changes. We hope that your classroom experience with FOSSweb will be much smoother with these new improvements!

Should you encounter any issues with FOSSweb, don't hesitate to contact! Our technical team is here to help and is always looking for ways to improve the site.

Permanent Access Codes:

  • FOSS K–6 2nd Edition Access Code: AME2EL3656
  • FOSS Middle School 1st Edition Access Code: AME1MS6950
  • FOSS CA Edition (K–5) Access Code: AME1CA1284
  • NYC K–8 Access Code: NYCBE19833

FOSSweb Help

  • Account Questions/Help Logging In:
    School Specialty Online Support
    Phone: 800.513.2465, 7:30 am–5:00 pm CT
  • General FOSSweb Technical Questions:
    FOSSweb Tech Support
    Phone: 510.643.6997, 9:30 am–5:30 pm PT

Access Code Questions