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Duval County Public Schools Launches iBook


Jacksonville, FL –Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) recently developed and launched its own iBook that can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store. iBooks is an e-book application developed by Apple that allows individuals to download books to read on their Apple iPad. DCPS is the first known k-12 institution to utilize this resource and offer this tool to parents, students and the community.

The iBook was created in correlation with the district’s 2012 Published Poets contest. The interactive iBook contains more than 40 original poems and dozens of artwork images created by Duval County Public Schools’ students. In addition, this iBook contains video messages from the Deputy Superintendent and School Board member Martha Barrett.

With the development of the iBook, anyone, anywhere can download the iBook onto their computer or iPad and share it with everyone. In previous years, the submissions from this contest were printed in a black and white, hard-back book and distributed to the parents of the students’ whose work was included, with each family only receiving one book. Now, the iBook enhances the publication by displaying the poems and images in full, sharp-pixel color. Students can share this accomplishment with family and friends across the world.

What are the requirements to use the new book?

  • You can use iBooks on iPad with iOS 4 or later;  
  • An iTunes Store account is required to download books from the iBookstore;
  • Also available outside the iBookstore to iBooks, must be manually synced to your device using iTunes 9.2 or later

To download the iBook into your iTunes account, click here. If you do not have access to iTunes, a copy of all of the poems from the 2012 Published Poets contest can be found here.

“We are excited to be a school district that is at the forefront of innovative technology that provides never-before-used means to improve the opportunities presented to our students,” said Superintendent Pratt-Dannals. “With each generation of students becoming more technologically advanced at younger ages, it is important that we stay fluent in the current advances in technology.”

“As an educational institution, we want to always inspire our students to write and express themselves in a positive way,” said DCPS’ Supervisor of Web and Visual Arts and iBook creator Michael Ahmed. “The iBook is a fantastic, relatable tool to encourage them to do that.”

The book is also being published to the ePub format for download and use by Android and Windows tablet devices. (Some features may not be available like the iBooks video). Duval County Public Schools looks forward to developing more iBooks in the future to showcase the talent and skills of our students.

Duval County Public Schools operates 190 schools and serves approximately 125,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy and culturally diverse world. 


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