How to View your Student’s Learning Portfolios on Octavo

Encouraging students to read more is an important task for every teacher. But how can you ensure your students are getting the most out of their reading? With Octavo’s Educate feature – designed specifically for teachers – all of this becomes much easier. At the click of a button, teachers can view all the classrooms they teach, all the students in each classroom and the individual portfolio of every student. 

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How to Use Octavo for Schools

With Octavo, schools can organise their students into classrooms and assign oBooks to each group in a few simple steps. This guide will show you how to invite users to join your school (PART 1), how to assign packs to users (PART 2) and how to create classrooms (PART 3).

We will also show you what students need to do to join the school organisation on Octavo and automatically access the packs they’ve been assigned (PART 4).

Follow the steps below to get started!

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Students’ Maltese Stories Published on Octavo!

An original series of works were produced as part of ‘L-Isfida Msella’ organised by San Anton School.

Maltese literature plays an important role in the creative development of young students. It sheds light on their heritage, aids in their understanding of their native language and contributes to their unique identity in a way that international literature cannot. In an innovative approach to improving the teaching of Maltese literature, San Anton School organised a challenge revolving around a set of tasks relating to reading and writing called ‘L-Isfida Msella‘.

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4 Spooky Books for Kids to Read this Halloween

The Science of Monsters

Up until a few years ago, Halloween would come and go without a trace. But as October rolls around, the signs become clearer every year: pumpkins, witches’ hats and skeleton costumes seem to appear around every corner, and children’s schools may even join the fun by decorating classrooms with ghosts and spider webs.

There’s no doubt that children love Halloween, so we’ve put together a list of books to bring a little dose of spookiness and horror to their reading lists! 

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Dyslexia and the Reading Process

Octavo facilitates readers of all abilities

There’s never a reason for dyslexic students to be left behind in the classroom. Now more than ever before, through developments in the field of education and technology, teaching methods can be tailored to help individual students overcome the difficulties they face in school and at home. 

Dyslexia is a common neurological condition, affecting approximately 15% of the global population. Stemming from the Greek words ‘dys’ (difficulty) and ‘lexis’ (language), people born with dyslexia often experience difficulty with word identification and reading. 

But the problems associated with dyslexia are only noticeable once a child starts learning to read, with common symptoms including difficulties in recognizing words, poor spelling and weak phonemic recognition.

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Create an oBook: A Guide to Digital Self-Publishing on Octavo

So you’ve decided you want to publish a book, but you’re not sure where to start? Octavo’s new editing system is here to help writers and publishers create, design, publish and distribute oBooks digitally, in just a few steps. 

But first, what exactly is an oBook?

An oBook is a type of digital book that you can create, access and distribute through Octavo. The pages of an oBook are scrollable and can be navigated in the same way you would read a webpage. These digital books are streamed through the Octavo platform, but can also be downloaded to be read offline. 

Who is Octavo’s self-publishing system suitable for? 

If you’re looking to maintain control of your content from the start of the publishing process to the end, Octavo’s self-publishing system could be the ideal solution for you. Be it educational, informative, fictional, non-fiction or any other genre and format – you can set up your own digital oBook and get it ready for distribution through the Octavo marketplace.  

No technical know-how is necessary. However, if you do get stuck, we’ve got a team of publishing and technology professionals who can lend a helping hand to get your content up and running in no time. 

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to create oBooks on Octavo and self-publish your work! 

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Why are Non-Fiction Books so Important for Children?

Hands-on learning: Explore the digital non-fiction collections available on Octavo. 

Great ideas are often sparked from ordinary moments, and creating an environment that stimulates learning among children can lead to wondrous discoveries.

The conversations we have, the media we consume and how we spend our free time can all help to shape how a child approaches learning. For example, by swapping the television time for non-fiction books, or using tablets and mobile devices to read instead of watching videos, children can expand their real-world knowledge and understand how the world works.

But there’s more to non-fiction than that. 

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Understanding Levelled Reading Systems with Octavo

Child reading with Octavo

With every skill you learn, having a system to follow can help you track your progress and measure your achievements.

And with reading, it’s no different! 

Yet, have you ever considered how a levelled reading system can help children learn to read? By following one or more of the reading systems available on Octavo, readers can enhance their learning and easily look up texts through the digital library that are perfectly suited for their current reading level. 

So, what are levelled reading systems and who should use them?

Levelled reading systems are guides that provide a clear understanding of the level of difficulty of the content contained within a book. While there are many different levelling systems in use around the world, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a system.

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How to Teach Children to Love Fiction

Book Cover of Biking for a Cause

Discover the Fiction Readers collection on Octavo

Works of fiction have always played an enormously important role for children. No matter their age, background or interests, developing a healthy imagination from our early years has proven to have many benefits, from encouraging children to dream big and aim high, to providing a healthy means of escape from daily stresses and pressures. Moreover, reading fiction has also been linked to boosting brain power, meaning that the more children read, the more stimulated their brains become. 

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