We are pleased to announce that our Study It Series Creator James Rice on Thursday was awarded the iBooks Author of the Year for his tireless efforts to create and promote this pioneering publishing platform. James Rice was also nominated as the Educator of the Year and the Executive of the Year. They Study It ESL series was nominated as the Best Textbook Series.
Winners were announced at the iBooks Author Conference October 8 from the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The winners were announced by a consultant from Deloitte, and the head of the Association of Customer Facing Scientists and Engineers (AC-FSE), based in Silicon Valley.
The big winners at the iBA Awards were the makers of The Mozart Project and Gauche the Cellist, each making three appearances in the winner’s circle. Presented in Nashville at the first iBooks Author Conference, Pipedreams Media’s James Fairclough and Harry Farnham were jointly named Creative Professional of the Year, and the company’s multi-author, multi-touch, multi-media book The Mozart Project won for iBook of the Year and Best Musical Work.
Read the complete story here with a complete list of winners: http://www.diyauthor.com/2015-iba-winners-from-the-ibooks-author-conference/
“The future of digital reading is on the phone,” said Judith Curr, publisher of the Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books. “It’s going to be on the phone and it’s going to be on paper.”
An interesting article by the Wall Street Journal published last week which argues that over the next 5 years we will be doing more and more reading on our phones. According to the article, "In a Nielsen survey of 2,000 people this past December, about 54% of e-book buyers said they used smartphones to read their books at least some of the time. That’s up from 24% in 2012."
It is clear that by 2020, mobility will be the key for education. "Chunk reading" will become more and more of a skill and a challenge for learners, educators and authors. Readers, inevitably, will be turning on their phones to read in 10 or 15 minute chunks while they are waiting for the bus or grabbing a coffee. Making sure the content is engaging and interactive will help ensure students can retain what they have read.
It will be an interesting challenge.
Read the full article here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-rise-of-phone-reading-1439398395
August 16, 2015
Bradley Metrock, CEO, Score Publishing
James Rice is an interesting man: part educational innovator, part digital publishing visionary, and part YouTube star.
Educators often blur the lines between technologists, entrepreneurs, and prophets, and James Rice is one of the best examples of this 21st-century reality that we've found. How he has used iBooks Author to create the "Study It" platform is remarkable.
James presents great perspective on the evolution iBooks Author has undertaken to arrive where it is today. All of us who have used iBooks Author for any period of time have experienced some of these issues, as the software has begun to emerge as an essential content creation tool.
Check out his story and his take on iBooks Author below, and check out the Study It line of digital textbooks as well - they are excellent.
McGraw Hill Education CEO, David Levin, posted an article in the Huffington Post yesterday declaring that students and faculty should start moving away from print. And we heartily agree! He claims that beyond the price, students actually are scoring 50% higher when using a technologies that personalized the learning solution.
You can read the complete article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-levin/dear-students-and-faculty_b_7957508.html
You can also learn more about our Mobile Learning Textbooks that can be downloaded on various devices for English as a Second Language (ESL) here: www.studyitbooks.com
We are pleased to announce and exciting new update to our English as a Second Language Listening books. We have added more Listening activities for students and teachers to study with plus all new interactive multi-touch activities.
These updates are ready now and available on iTunes or through our website: www.studyitbooks.com
Don't forget our ESL textbooks can be used on iPhones, iPads and most modern tablets or smart phones.
Updates are FREE for only Apple Products.
Study It ESL textbooks for English teachers, schools and students are available for download on iTunes. Best viewed on iPad, iPhone, MacBooks or iMacs. These award-winning multi-touch, interactive textbooks are great resources for ELT teachers or for use as class sets. Video and audio included in the books.
One of our most successful Grammar textbooks is our Grammar Level 2 Book. It is for use with Low Intermediate ESL students.
We are pleased to announce a major update to the Grammar 2 books for teachers and students.
The updates are FREE if you have already purchased the book.
With the new release of the iOS 8.4, all Study It textbooks are available for use on the iPhone. Students and Teachers can access the books on all Apple devices - iPhone, iPad, iMac or MacBooks.
The videos, audio, interactive widgets, glossary, study cards, dictionary - all elements that make the Study It English as a Second Languages series so great are available on your iPhone - today.
The Study it ESL Textbooks can be stored in the Cloud. Students or Teachers can download the books on any device as needed.
For more information visit www.studyitbooks.com
The Toronto District School Board recently opened a museum celebrating the educational changes from generation to generation. It is considered one of the largest education museums in Canada.
What would you put in the museum now? I asked my children who attend TDSB schools and here is the list:
“What’s wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. No amount of technology will make a dent.” So said Steve Jobs in 1996 - during an interview in which the Apple co-founder claimed the bureaucratic, political and sociopolitical problems facing the education sector were beyond technology’s capacity to fix.
In the 19 years since Jobs uttered those words, the issues weighing heavily on the shoulders of educators, schools, universities and other educational facilities have undoubtedly multiplied. But so too have the ways in which technology can be harnessed to address some of the tensions within teaching and learning.
Read the complete article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/11470850/How-the-iPad-is-changing-the-way-we-learn.html
Study It ESL textbooks are the first award-winning mobile textbook series for students and teachers.
There is a great blog post on what Teenagers think of Educational Technology in the classroom by Soraya Shockley. She talks about learning with Tablets, Teacher Websites, Google Classroom and more. You can read the full article below.
Tech has always been a part of my high school reality. But as digital and traditional learning mix and mingle, reactions have exploded over whether “EdTech” is enhancing or hindering education.
On this question, we usually hear from teachers, parents, administrators, tech companies, and investors clamoring to fund them. Now, it’s time for teens to talk. Let me tell you what my friends and I really think about technology in the classroom. Some of it’s great, but for those EdTech enthusiasts out there, well, hold on because the truth may hurt.