Free content from Smithsonian: STEAM Readers

During these tough times, everyone is making contributions to go through these circumstances as good as possible. We at Octavo are doing what we can do, provide you and your children great content to read and enjoy in family. Last week, we made a collection of oBooks in Maltese available for free, and today we are doing the same with content in English language.

The Smithsonian STEAM Readers

These STEM/STEAM collections are a set of 45 titles with content highly related to science, engineering, mathematics, art and many others oriented to educate and solve real world. The conjunction of the engaging content of Teacher Created Materials and the Octavo capabilities, such as audible content, make these oBooks extremely enjoyable and educative for children of different ages. 45 new titles will be added on throughout this year, bringing the collection to a total of 90 books.

All the oBooks of this collection are ideal for students between Grade 3 and Grade 6 and their are levelled according to the reader comprehension level.

«The Culture of Calendars», of the STEAM readers for free in the Octavo Store

How to get this content in your library?

For a limited time period, 15 titles from this collection have been made available for free in the Octavo Store. You can find all the answers in our last blog post, or in the Octavo Knowledge Base site.

More content coming up

Sign-up on Octavo now and stay tuned about titles for younger ages coming up soon.

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Challenging history with technology

Who said that history is only about the past and old traditional technics?
As all Maltese 11-13-year-olds students in Malta learn about the history of Malta, such as Everyday life in the stone age, Octavo took upon the challenge to leave its mark by being the first Digital platform to distribute History textbooks digitally in the classroom.

Starting late March, history books for all grade 7 and 8 in across Malta will be learning about Malta through a series of oBooks in English on Octavo.

How did this journey begin?

At the Malta book festival Octavo was calling publishers to visit us with any material to help and discuss further how one could publish their first oBook on Octavo. Prof. Yosanne Vella, an Associate professor for the faculty of education in Malta, was one of those who approached us.

Prof. Vella explained us that traditional methods of printing were not always achievable because of the heavy cost that comes with it. Sum up the reason that the same content needed for education needs to be both in Maltese language and English. Apart from this, one of the reasons why education is starting to use alternatives to printing is children having to carry heavy books every day with them to school.

Joining forces

This is where we stepped in and offered a better, lighter solution. With the ability of the content creator of Octavo an oBook can very easily be created in different languages without having to design the oBook twice as one would have to do for print because of the way content blocks on Octavo work.

Octavo is proving again the platform is ideal not just for reading but also for education, as it is allowing educators to share and distribute their content easier.