There has always been, understandably, a lot of attention paid to the myriad of ways in which digital publishing intersects with the traditional print publishing as far as higher-educational (college and university) textbooks are concerned. YUDU have developed specific, cross-platform solutions to help educational publishers establish app store presences with a high degree of success in this area, and we’re pushing this solution forward in a number of exciting ways which I’ll discuss in future blog posts.
However, one sector of the educational space that receives considerably less attention (simply because of the difference in scale and volume) is publishing undertaken by schools across the world. We’re finding that the scalability inherent within a container app is becoming an increasingly attractive option to schools, both within the primary and secondary space, wishing to publish material that may not be as dense as a higher-educational textbook.
The Jewish Free School (JFS) – based in London, for example, have recently launched their YUDU-powered school app on the iTunes to accommodate the publishing of their school’s newsletter. The JFS wanted an application that offered them the ability to push out their school’s newsletter to tablet devices (in combination with a number of other digital strategies they are moving forward), but alongside this they also wanted the option of something that could if required in future, be upgraded to accommodate multiple different types of publication with a correspondingly adaptive user interface for readers to navigate their way through these categories.
Theoretically, this means a school can start out with a more basic approach, publishing more rudimentary content like newsletters in a digital format and then expand the scope of what print content they digitize, or digital content they create from scratch at their own pace. It’s a way of allowing institutions like schools to approach the issue incrementally: Starting out simple and expanding gradually and incrementally. In the case of the JFS, they’re making good use of YUDU’s enhancement tools like video and audio embedding to make their editions media rich, illustrating the scalability of not just the framework of what a school is publishing in general, but also how they’re publishing it. In this case, the JFS’ aims are modest – Using YUDU technology as a way of keeping in disseminating news for students, parents and any other stakeholders in the welfare of the school, but they’re able to scale the system to their needs very easily, and in a way that would be problematic for a school (with naturally limited resources available) to do with other pieces of publishing software which don’t place such a great emphasis on intuitiveness.
Moving forward, we’ve got some exciting examples of what schools can do when they start to publish classroom related content digitally, keep an eye out for a blog post dealing with that.