Connect ESL collects digital award

02, February, 2015

The Study It ESL digital textbook series produced by Canada-based Connect School of Languages has won a 2015 Digital Book Award.

James Rice and James Matechuk of Connect School of Languages collecting the 2015 Digital Book Award

Written by James Rice and James Matechuk, Directors of the school, the series was recognised in the ‘best enhanced digital academic book’ category at the Digital Book Awards 2015 gala dinner in New York, where finalists included major publishers such as HarperCollins, DK Publishing and the Penguin Group.

“We are thrilled and quite surprised,” said Rice. “To be honoured in the company of all of these large publishing houses is overwhelming.”

Connect has published over 50 digital textbooks for students and teachers, available for download on iTunes, including eight levels of grammar, eight levels of conversation, a listening series and a Business English series.

Highlighting the cost benefits of digital textbooks, Rice said, “Paper textbooks range in price from US$30 to US$50 per book and they don’t include video and audio files. Schools have to pay extra for these. Our books costs between US$9.99 and US$16.99 and include audio and video files plus updates for free.”

“Students don’t want paper textbooks and don’t get excited by PDFs,” said Matechuk. “We can offer so much more now. Our books have so many interactive widgets, video and audio activities for teachers and students. The books don’t need wi-fi and we can update the content anytime. It is just a better way to study.”

Connect School of Languages is now a 1:1 iPad school that uses the Study It textbook series in lessons, which Matechuk said eliminated the need for much of the other technology in the classroom and re-established the student-teacher relationship.

Connect School of Languages was established in 2002 and is a member of school association Languages Canada

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