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iBooks Author kills DTP. Boom!

Apple kill DTP!

Sorry! Couldn’t resist it! As the blogosphere enters meltdown with the claims of the death of textbooks (didn’t that already happen?), I’m thinking the real boon to us in the education sector is the opportunity to open up the world of Desktop Publishing to students, free from the confines of Quark, inDesign or *shudder* so-called ‘accessible’ education titles.

Is it the end of DTP? Of course not, but what iBooks Author offers students (and teachers) is the opportunity to create engaging and interactive resources that can have the potential to outlive their purpose as merely evidence of completing an assignment or coursework! It’s a welcome entry into a notoriously difficult subject area, previously reliant on powerful hardware, expensive software and specialist knowledge. If we’re supposed to be helping students prepare for the future, I can’t think of a better way!


A belated update!

ImagePhew, it’s been a busy time – we’ve been planning Christmas works in IT Support at school, getting ready for the holidays and I’ve just returned from a trip to Frog HQ in Halifax.  I’m very excited to say that I am joining the extended Frog School Improvement Team as a freelance trainer!  If you end up buying Frog in the south-east of England, it could be me delivering your ‘Day 1’ training – but please don’t let that put you off!

The time at Halifax offered a great chance to put some faces to names, catch up with some existing friends at Frog Towers and also meet some fellow trainers from Eggbuckland who are doing some great stuff with their Frog VLE at

The new freelance role is an exciting time for me – I really enjoy training people, I love working with Frog and I’m excited to see where our closer links with Frog takes our VLE. I’ve returned from Halifax inspired and today has already seen some exciting developments regarding our platform with plenty more to follow.

Exciting times ahead – Merry Christmas!

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