What's it like working on the development of mobile resources?
Working in this team is fun and varied. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing a range of different things – editing GCSE Science content, writing introductions to new GCSE set texts and Shakespeare revision resources, marketing products and social media – to name just a few! There’s always something to be getting on with, both independently and collaborating with others. It’s fantastic work for anyone who is interested in educational publishing and who enjoys creative editorial work. You need a good eye for presentation and for clear, accurate content, and to take initiative when something doesn’t look or read right.
What were the most challenging aspects?
I don’t have a tech background, so using programming language and other complex stuff was hard to start with! Another challenge has been making sure I manage my time in a structured and realistic way. Sometimes it’s easy to underestimate how long something might take you, or get waylaid on something minor rather than getting on with more urgent tasks. Organisation is key!
What is required of publishers in the digital age?
Nothing is as frustrating as when technology just won’t do what you want it to, so being computer literate is useful. But don’t let this put you off – you learn very quickly. You’ve also got to be imaginative, as adapting digital resources from print doesn’t just mean lifting text off the page.
Then there’s the brave new world of social media. For example, as exam season looms, how can we make use of platforms like Twitter and Facebook to help teachers and get revision resources to the students who need them? Understanding how to communicate and keep an active online presence is vital.
What are the positives/negatives compared to traditional print publishing?
In education, there are lots of advantages to mobile publications. They can be clearer and more interactive. Schools can download whole libraries at the click of the button, and they can be particularly useful for children who need extra support.
However, some people just like books! Traditional print publishing definitely has its place. Working in front of a screen might not be everyone’s thing – but it’s certainly interesting and rewarding work.
Thanks Jessica, it's been great having you working with us!
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