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EPAAs and digital amnesty

You may ask yourself what do the EPAAs and digital amnesty have in common? It turns out, they share quite a lot, and it will affect what digital products can be entered this year.

Due to feedback with issues entering digital services regarding meeting the eligibility period requirements, we have introduced a digital amnesty. For the 2018 EPAAs, entries will be accepted for any current digital service (subject to the Australian requirements and conditions of entry and judging criteria) regardless of date of release.

If you have created a digital service or platform, we want to hear from you!

Double Helix Lessons, CSIRO Publishing in partnership with Stile Education, Winner of the Primary Outstanding Digital Resource, EPAAs 2017.

Entries for the 2018 EPAAs close Friday, 1 June 2018. Don’t miss out on the chance shine the spotlight on your innovative and original products.

Submit your nomination here.

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2018 Call for Entries now open

‘Education publishers are not just publishers of books, but experts in effective learning.’

We’re back!

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia celebrate 25 years of excellence in educational publishing in Australia. This year’s celebration will take place on Thursday, 20 September 2018 at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne.

Call for entries is now open:

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, 1 June 2018. Please read the conditions of entry and judging criteria before submitting your nomination here. Whether you are a traditional publishing company, a niche publisher or a digital start-up, get involved, because we would love to recognise your work!

The awards will be presented in Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and TAFE & Vocational Education categories as well as the Primary and Secondary Publisher of the Year.

What’s new in 2018?

We have made it easier to enter a digital service or platform and will accept any current digital service (subject to Australian content requirements) regardless of date of release.

The Tertiary and TAFE & Vocational categories have been overhauled as a result of judges’ and industry feedback.

An overall winner for each sector (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary and TAFE & Vocational) will be selected by the Chief Judge from the category winners.

Please take a look at the list of 2018 categories here.

Judging of the awards is a rigorous process for all involved. Chief Judge Professor Angela Carbone, Associate Dean (Learning Innovation), Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology returns to guide the panel of judges in hand-selecting the shortlisted and winning titles.

We would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge co-founder and former Chief Judge Mike Horsley’s longstanding commitment to the awards.

We are grateful for publishers’ continued support of the EPAAs and look forward to celebrating the hard work involved in producing innovative, forward-thinking and pedagogically outstanding resources designed to enhance educational outcomes for Australian teachers and students.

Interested to see who won in 2017? Take a look here at the full list of previous winners.

Start submitting and we look forward to hosting you on 20 September!

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T: @EPAs_Aus

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Interview with Amelia Taylor, Twinkl Education Publishing

The Educational Publishing Awards are committed to rewarding excellence and innovation in the publishing industry at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We have put together a series of interviews with the publishers, editors and authors involved in the creation and development of educational resources.

We caught up with Amelia Taylor at Twinkl to talk about Twinkl Australia, a shortlisted entry for the Adaptation – Teacher or Student Resource award.

Could you tell us a little bit about Twinkl?
At Twinkl Australia, we pride ourselves on providing teacher-created teaching, planning and assessment materials for our users. We are just about to open our first Australian office in the beautiful Wollongong at the beginning of September and we are so excited. We have gradually grown our Twinkl Australia family over the past couple of years and have a strong, creative team of Australian teachers who create our content. All of the resources you see in our ‘Australia’ section have been created by Australian teachers, for Australian teachers. The teacher content goes through a thorough checking process and is sent to highly trained graphic designers and illustrators, who create the final resource by designing the content and adding hand drawn illustrations.

What was your motivation for developing this resource?
Australian teachers are very creative, dedicated, lovable and committed people – which is what we stand for here at Twinkl. We wanted to provide resources to Australian teachers that are fun, engaging, informative and easy to prepare. We understand how hard teachers work and know what a massive impact they make to young peoples’ lives. We wanted to help teachers out by providing them with time-saving, high-quality resources.

Why does your product deserve to win at this year’s EPAAs? Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge and thank for making this product the success it is?
While we have had Australian customers for a while, we are really trying to cement ourselves in the Australian market by bringing an office over from the UK. We have put a great deal of effort into making resources that are specific to Australia; we provide many resources in state-specific fonts and we also have an area of the site which provides resources specific to Australian curriculum aims. This award would give us great recognition for the work we do that some others may not be aware of yet.

We would like to thank all of the Australian Teacher Advisors in our team who think of the amazing resources for our Aussie teachers, the designers and illustrators who bring the resources to life and all of the others behind the scene who make sure the website runs smoothly.

What challenges do you think teachers face and how can Twinkl address them?
I think any teacher would tell you they are short for time! Teachers are always busy so we thought it was a great idea to have a bunch of amazing, high-quality resources in one place – so all teachers have to do is search for whatever resources they’re looking for, download and/or print them and away they go. This means that teachers do not have to spend time making the resources themselves and allows them to really focus on teaching.

Many teachers also experience stress in their job and Twinkl hopes to help with that by improving teachers’ work/life balance. It is all about making sure things are easier for teachers – but still having that high quality resource standard.

What impacts have this resource made in the classrooms? Is there a need for teachers to use this resource?
A high impact would be an understatement! We are always bombarded on social media with photos from Australian teachers who love the resources in their classroom. This displays to us that our resources are relevant and interesting, but they’re also visually appealing! We are told on a daily basis that ‘Twinkl saved me today!’ or ‘What would I do without Twinkl?!’ and we love this feedback!

Good luck and all the best to the Twinkl Australia team!

The Educational Publishing Awards are held at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.

Keep up with the latest EPAA news @EPAs_Aus or join the conversation #EPAA17.

Interview with Charles Hope, Wild Dog Books

The Weird and Wonderful World of Words, Wild Dog Books

The Educational Publishing Awards are committed to rewarding excellence and innovation in the publishing industry at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We have put together a series of interviews with the publishers, editors and authors involved in the creation and development of educational resources.
We caught up with Charles Hope from Wild Dog Books to talk about The Weird and Wonderful World of Books, a shortlisted entry for the Student Resource – English (Literacy, Literature, Language) award.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your shortlisted entry?

I’m the author of The Weird and Wonderful World of Words. I grew up on a farm outside the country town of Wagga Wagga and studied Arts and Screenwriting before delving headlong into the world of publishing educational non-fiction picture books. I’m currently living with my wife and infant daughter in Melbourne.
The Wild Dog motto is explaining the complex simply. From straightforward animal books to more difficult subjects like genetics or the human brain, our objective is to distill engaging information to its simplest essence.

This was somewhat challenging to implement with. As the English language is a potentially cavernous topic, our aim was to cover a broad range of topics that would appeal to variety of readers; especially those who may otherwise find English a dry and onerous subject.

We decided to further engage readers via puzzles and trivia questions, which immediately illustrated topics as they were being learnt. Examples of these include spoonerisms, mondegreens, oxymorons, kangaroo words and tongue-twisters.

Why do you think this resource will be appealing for students to engage with in their studies?

The Weird and Wonderful World of Words utilises a range of visual styles. Strongly composed photographs and illustrations are isolated on stark white backdrops, with these visual styles changing dramatically from page to page.

The disparate visuals are complimented by brief paragraphs of easy-to-read text, which in turn are broken up by enlarged, colourful fonts that further assist in capturing the students’ attention.

What challenges do you think teachers face and how can this resource solve these challenges?

An ongoing challenge that teachers face is being able to capture the attention of an entire classroom at the same time. Differing student abilities and interests make this a tricky problem to overcome.

The Weird and Wonderful World of Words aims to address this by stepping quickly and lightly from one topic to the next, all the while in a colourful, bright and visually engaging way. If a reader happens to baulk at a page of less-than-appealing subject matter, the clear and concise text allows them to move swiftly on to the next topic of interest.

Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge and thank for making this product the success it is?

We’d like to thank Lorna Hendry for her outstanding editorial work on this book. She was instrumental in tidying up the overall aesthetic of the book, which was no small feat given the multitude of visual elements being used. So to Lorna, a hearty thank you!

Good luck and all the best to the Wild Dog Books team!

The Educational Publishing Awards are held at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.

Keep up with the latest EPAA news @EPAs_Aus or join the conversation #EPAA17.

Interview with Georgina Argus, HTAV Publishing

Twentieth Century series, HTAV Publishing

The Educational Publishing Awards are committed to rewarding excellence and innovation in the publishing industry at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We have put together a series of interviews with the publishers, editors and authors involved in the creation and development of educational resources.

We caught up with Georgina Argus at HTAV Publishing to talk about the HTAV Twentieth Century Series, a shortlisted entry for the Student Resource – Senior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education award.

For the benefits of those who don’t know about HTAV Publishing, could you tell us a little bit about HTAV and the shortlisted entry?

HTAV Publishing is actually a department of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (HTAV), a member organisation dedicated to improving the quality of History teaching and learning in Victorian schools. The Publishing department is a small team consisting of two part-time staff members and a consultant. Up until recently, our projects were completed entirely in-house. With new VCE History courses implemented last year, there was (and still is) high demand for new textbooks, and so we had to start outsourcing stages such as editing in order to produce more books.

The Twentieth Century series consists of two titles,Twentieth Century 1: Between the Wars and Twentieth Century 2: Post-War Challenges. These titles werewritten specifically for the VCE year 11 Twentieth Century course. It’s a very exciting course with many, many topic options for schools, and it was very difficult to choose which ones to focus on in this book! We did not see the point in giving a brief overview of everything – we wanted to go into some depth – which resulted in quite large books.

The wonderful thing about working for a teacher organisation is that creating resources to properly support teachers and students is part of our mission. Therefore the budget and potential profits come second to quality. If we have to add pages to a book or purchase more images because we think they are needed, we will do it. The Twentieth Century series is an example of this – the books are 300+ pages and include many fantastic photographs, artworks, maps and diagrams, yet remain affordable for students and teachers.

What was your motivation for developing this resource?

The motivation for all our HTAV Senior History series titles is twofold:

1. We want to support our members – history teachers in Victoria. With a new VCE History Study Design, teachers were desperate for their students to be supported with new textbooks written specifically for them.

2. We want to increase student numbers in each VCE History subject. We believe that producing quality resources, designed specifically for VCE, will help do that.

Why did you decide to submit the series for the EPAAs?

We decided to enter this series in the EPAAs because we were so proud of how it turned out!

In a small team, it is necessary for all staff members to jump in and do a bit of everything on all titles. For example, on these titles, the Publisher also conducted all the image research and permissions, and completed the typesetting. This leads to a huge personal investment in the title/s, and makes any reward all the more meaningful.

Why does your product deserve towin at this year’s EPAAs? Is there anyone you would like to acknowledge and thank for making this product the success it is?

I believe all the elements of these books – the design, narrative, images and diagrams, and activities – all contribute to making the series extremely engaging for students. This history is still so recent and students often don’t realise that so many significant events were happening around the world at the same time, until they see the timelines!

I particularly love the covers for these two books. The focus on ‘contrasts’ really reflects what was going on in the twentieth century – periods of war vs periods of peace, prosperous times vs depression, leaders intent on hate-filled persecution and murder vs leaders campaigning for the civil rights of minority groups using non-violent tactics.

The covers and overall design can be attributed to Kim Ferguson, an amazing graphic designer. We would also like to acknowledge the authors, our wonderful editor (Philip Bryan), and HTAV staff.

Good luck and all the best to the HTAV Publishing team!

The Educational Publishing Awards are held at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.

Keep up with the latest EPAA news @EPAs_Aus or join the conversation #EPAA17.