In Octavo, we believe teachers and students should be able to find the content that works for them. For both of them. Over the last months, the History Teachers’ Association Publication, included oBooks to the Octavo store which cover the Maltese history curriculum for both grades 7 (Investigating the History of Malta – Year 7) and 8 (Investigating the History of Malta – Year 8). These oBooks cover Maltese history from prehistory through the Knights of Malta.
These books have been translated in English to cater for English speaking students and are being offered exclusively in oBook format on Octavo. The books can be bought directly on the Octavo Store or through your school.
The oBook uses a smart layout where content is displayed according to the reader’s age and device; this caters to mature and young readers and readers with dyslexia. Providing great features such as custom fonts, colors and backgrounds, built-in dictionary, note taking capabilities and a one-stop shop platform for educators.
Currently, the price of each is €12 per individual oBooks. However schools can benefit of reduced prices by acquiring a license which costs €5 per user when bought for more than 50 users, or €10 otherwise. If you are interested on the licensing option, just write to email@example.com and we will follow up to get you set up in no time.
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.
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.
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.