Covering the Maltese history curriculum with oBooks

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.

For easier reference, the Maltese history collection of the Octavo Store groups all the oBooks relevant for History teachers in 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 support@octavo.app and we will follow up to get you set up in no time.

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.