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Educational Publishing Awards Australia 2017 list of winners

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s EPAAs! We hope you had a wonderful time and feel honoured to be part of our thriving educational publishing industry.

We would like to thank our key note speakers for the evening: Gheran Steel (Boon Wurrung Foundation), Chris Gray (Wiley), Adrian Rhodes (Inspiring the Future), and our Chief Judge, Angela Carbone (Monash University).

Thanks also to our sponsors, especially major sponsors, Copyright Agency and Opus Group, whose continued support is so important to the success of these awards.

Please see below the list of EPAA winners for 2017:

Primary

Student Resource – Mathematics (Numeracy)

Oxford Maths Student and Assessment Books WINNER
Annie Facchinetti, Brian Murray
Oxford University Press

Problem-solving Strategies and Skills
R.I.C. Publications

Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities

Double Helix Lessons HIGHLY COMMENDED
CSIRO Publishing in partnership with Stile Education

The Gigantic Book of Genes
Lorna Hendry
Wild Dog Books (on the Louie & Ted imprint)

Our Stories: Sportsmanship
Net Brennan
Black Dog Books, an imprint of Walker Books Australia

Student Science Journals (Primary Connections) WINNER
Kathryn Carter, Julie Smith, Zach Holmes
Australian Academy of Science

Student Resource – English (Literacy, Literature, Language)

Sound Waves Online WINNER
Barbara Murray, Terri Watson
Firefly Education Pty Ltd

Team Reads COMMENDED
Maureen Hyland (Teacher Resource Book), Various authors (Student Books)
Macmillan Education Australia

The Weird and Wonderful World of Words
Charles Hope
Wild Dog Books

Teaching Resource

Among the Gum Trees (Primary Connections) HIGHLY COMMENDED
Kathryn Carter, Julie Smith, Zach Holmes
Australian Academy of Science

Oxford Maths Teacher Dashboard WINNER
Annie Facchinetti, Brian Murray
Oxford University Press

PM Educational Toy Packs
Annette Smith, Beverley Randell, Debbie Croft
Nelson Cengage

Springboard into Comprehension Assessment
Kay Kovalevs (Teacher Resource Book); Educational Assessment Australia, a division of UNSW Global (Assessment Content – Questions and Answers); Various authors (Survey & Focus Cards)
Macmillan Education Australia

Educational Picture or Chapter Book

Amazing Australians in Their Flying Machines
Walker Books Australia

Circle HIGHLY COMMENDED
Jeannie Baker
Walker Books Australia

Nature Storybooks: Desert Lake HIGHLY COMMENDED
Pamela Freeman, Liz Anelli
Walker Books Australia

Welcome to Country WINNER
Black Dog Books, an imprint of Walker Books Australia

Yong
Janeen Brian
Walker Books Australia

Adaptation (Student or Teacher Resource)

Bug Club: Plays to Read WINNER
Julia Donaldson et al.
Pearson Australia

Twinkl Australia website
Rebecca Usherwood, Lauren Kan, Louise Scott et al.
Twinkl Educational Publishing

Primary Outstanding Digital Resource

Double Helix Lessons WINNER
CSIRO Publishing in partnership with Stile Education

Secondary

Student Resource – Junior – Mathematics/Science

Pearson Mathematics 2nd Edition
Jennifer Nolan, Geoff Phillips, Noel Davies et al.
Pearson Australia

Pearson Science 2nd Edition Student Books and Activity Books WINNER
Greg Rickard, Malcolm Parsons, Jacinta Devlin et al.
Pearson Australia

ScienceWorld for the Victorian Curriculum HIGHLY COMMENDED
Peter Saffin, Peter Stannard, Ken Williamson et al.
Macmillan Education Australia

Student Resource – Junior – English/Humanities/Technologies/PE

Health and Physical Education for the Australian Curriculum
Glenn Amezdroz, Sue Dickens, Jo Butterworth et al.
Cambridge University Press

Inspired English HIGHLY COMMENDED
Susie May, Purnima Ruanglertbutr
Macmillan Education Australia

Jacaranda Geoactive 1 and 2 NSW Australian Curriculum Geography Stage 4, 4th Edition WINNER
Louise Swanson, Nicole Gray, Karen Bowden et al.
Jacaranda

Oxford MyEnglish 7 to 9 Victorian Curriculum COMMENDED
Rachel Williams, Michael Horne
Oxford University Press

Pearson Geography NSW
Grant Kleeman, David Hamper, Helen Rhodes et al.
Pearson Australia

Practice IT for the Australian Curriculum
Greg Bowden, Kerryn Maguire
Cambridge University Press

Student Resource – Senior – Mathematics/Science

Nelson Biology VCE COMMENDED
Sarah Jones, Pam Borger, Tony Chiovitti et al.
Nelson Cengage

Nelson Psychology VCE WINNER
Helene Van Iersel, Kenna Bradley, Kristy Kendall et al.
Nelson Cengage

Nelson VCE Specialist Mathematics Units 3 & 4   HIGHLY COMMENDED
Sue Garner, Greg Neal, George Dimitriadis et al.
Nelson Cengage

Student Resource – Senior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education

HTAV Revolutions Series COMMENDED
Tom Ryan, Lauren Perfect, Scott Sweeney et al.
History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (HTAV)

HTAV Twentieth Century Series JOINT WINNER
Geraldine Carrodus, Luke Cashman, Natalie Shephard et al.
History Teachers’ Association of Victoria (HTAV)

Key Concepts in VCE Business Management Units 1‒4, 4th Edition HIGHLY COMMENDED
Stephen Chapman et al.
Jacaranda

Living Religion 5th Edition
Janet Morrissey, Adam Taylor, Greg Bailey et al.
Nelson Cengage

Pearson English VCE JOINT WINNER
Mark Stracey, Leanne Matheson, Jo Ryan et al.
Pearson Australia

Religion and Society
Mary Tuohy, Damien Green, Shayndel Samuel et al.
Nelson Cengage

Teaching Resource

The Artful English Teacher COMMENDED
Erika Boas, Susan Gazis
Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE)

Geography NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum Interactive Teacher Edition
Kate Thompson (Series Editor) and various authors
Cambridge University Press

Pearson Science 2nd Edition Teacher Companions WINNER
Rochelle Manners, Greg Rickard, Malcolm Parsons et al.
Pearson Australia

Reference Resource

A+ Study Guides for VCE
Various authors
Nelson Cengage

Australian Schoolmate Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus 6th Edition HIGHLY COMMENDED
Oxford University Press

Get Ahead in Grammar  COMMENDED
Anne Quill, Anne Townsend
Nelson Cengage

The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales WINNER
Briony Barr, Dr Gregory Crocetti, Ailsa Wild et al.
Scale Free Network

Secondary Outstanding Digital Resource

Jacaranda Geoactive 1 and 2 NSW Australian Curriculum Geography Stage 4, 4th Edition WINNER
Louise Swanson, Nicole Gray, Karen Bowden et al.
Jacaranda

Tertiary and TAFE

TAFE & Vocational Education: Teaching and Learning Resource

The Big Picture 4th Edition WINNER
Karen Kearns
Cengage

The Disability Support Worker 2nd Edition
Geoff Arnott
Cengage

TAFE & Vocational Education: Student Resource

Basic Building and Construction Skills 5th Edition
Edward Hawkins
Cengage

Basic Plumbing Services Skills 3rd Edition
Dean Carter, Anthony Pingnam, Peter Wenning et al.
Cengage

Connect Master Hospitality Travel and Tourism for Certificate II to Diploma HIGHLY COMMENDED
Donaldson et al.
McGraw-Hill Education

The Road to Hospitality 4th Edition WINNER
Vivienne O’Shannessy, Dean Minett
Cengage

Tertiary (Adaptations): Student Resource

Global Business Today
Charles Hill, Rumintha Wickramasekera, Peter Liesch et al.
McGraw-Hill Education

Pharmacology in Nursing: Australian and New Zealand 2nd Edition WINNER
Bonita Broyles, Barry Reiss, Gayle McKenzie et al.
Cengage

Principles of Economics HIGHLY COMMENDED
Dean Karlan, Chris Bajada, Mark Melatos et al.
McGraw-Hill Education

Tertiary (Adaptations): Teaching and Learning Resource

Essentials of Corporate Finance 4th Edition
Stephen A. Ross, Rowan Trayler, Gerhard Van De Venter et al.
McGraw-Hill Education

Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice in Health WINNER
Trisha M. Greenhalgh, John Bidewell, Elaine Crisp et al.
Wiley Australia

Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Scholarly Resource

Australia’s Welfare Wars: The Players, the Politics and the Ideologies 3rd Edition HIGHLY COMMENDED
Philip Mendes
UNSW Press

Mia Mia Aboriginal Community Development: Fostering Cultural Security WINNER
Cheryl Kickett-Tucker (Editor) and various authors
Cambridge University Press

Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Student Resource

Clinical Nursing Skills: An Australian Perspective HIGHLY COMMENDED
Jacqueline Bloomfield et al.
Cambridge University Press

Healthy Ageing and Aged Care WINNER
Maree Bernoth, Denise Winkler
Oxford University Press

Spelling It Out: How Words Work and How to Teach Them
Misty Adoniou
Cambridge University Press

Teaching Language in Context 2nd Edition
Beverly Derewianka, Pauline Jones
Oxford University Press

Teaching Secondary Mathematics COMMENDED
Gregory Hine et al.
Cambridge University Press

Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Teaching and Learning Resource

Company Law: An Interactive Approach JOINT WINNER
Ellie Chapple, Alex Wong, Richard Baumfield et al.
Wiley Australia

Study Smart JOINT WINNER
Cengage, in collaboration with Smart Sparrow

Tertiary/TAFE Outstanding Digital Resource

Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice in Health WINNER
Wiley Australia

Award for Excellence in Australian Educational Publishing 2017

The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales OVERALL WINNER
Briony Barr, Dr Gregory Crocetti, Ailsa Wild et al.
Scale Free Network

Goodbye for now and see you all next year!

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.

Interview with Jennifer Griggs, CSIRO 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.
Today we caught up with Jennifer Griggs from CSIRO Publishing to talk about Double Helix Lessons, a shortlisted entry for the 2017 EPAA Student Resource award.

Jennifer, for those who don’t know you, could you start by telling us a bit about yourself and about this shortlisted entry?

I am the Senior Marketing Manager at CSIRO Publishing responsible for the breadth of our products, from scholarly journals to our children’s books program.

Our newest product Double Helix Lessons from CSIRO represents an extension of our kid’s magazine Double Helix https://doublehelix.csiro.au/. Double Helix Lessons is a suite of fun, interactive digital lessons covering Years 5 and 6 science.

Double Helix Lessons, CSIRO Publishing.

Students are taken on science adventures with the Double Helix characters – Rocky, Skye and their pet Chameleon Kevin – as they discover the wonders of science in the world around them. As they progress through the units, students interact with a combination of simulations, videos, animations, augmented reality and hands-on investigations. Learning is then reinforced as students apply their knowledge to real-world situations and even meet some CSIRO scientists.

 

What was your motivation for developing this resource, Double Helix Lessons?

Fostering a love of science early in life will build the number of students we keep in STEM education, and result in more career scientists. This is good for Australia, Australian science and CSIRO.

Through the Double Helix brand CSIRO has been engaging kids in science for over 30 years. Double Helix Lessons draws kids into a new interactive digital learning environment and aims to change their perception of what science is and where it can take them. We want to be part of that journey and provide tools along the way. We also want kids to see science as fun, fascinating and solving real problems in the world. So, even if it is not their career choice, they have an increased appreciation of what science contributes to their lives.

What challenges do you think teachers face and how can Double Helix Lessons solve those challenges?

I’m sure there are countless challenges that teachers face, one of them being time. Double Helix Lessons is classroom ready and covers the entire curriculum for grades 5 and 6. It can be edited to arrange the lessons to be appropriate for the needs of each class and extra content can be easily added. There is also a teacher’s module enabling online assessment and feedback to students.

Another challenge for primary school teachers is that many of them are not experts in science, so this resource enables them to teach to the curriculum without having to research topics that are new to them or where they lack experience. The diversity of content formats also means the teacher can match lessons to the way students like to learn. If they are not strong readers they can switch on the audio and listen to the text, watch the videos or focus on the activities. This will keep students engaged for longer and increase the likely retention of the information. It is also a lot more interesting for the teachers!

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

Double Helix Lessons has been developed in partnership with Stile Education and our Editorial Advisory Board of teachers and education specialists. Their expertise and knowledge has been crucial to the success of this initiative, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to work with them. Stile’s mission is to improve scientific literacy among young people around the world – that is, their ability to engage, reflect and think critically about how the world works. This is a natural match for what we are also trying to achieve. The Stile platform provided the structure we needed to host the content for our lessons and provided the tools for teachers to manage classroom workflow, assessment and feedback. We could then work together on the creative side with talented writers, animators and teachers to design the content.

Good luck and all the best, CSIRO Publishing!

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

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