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Cambridge University Press

Vivid Digital Consultancy are involved in high level consultancy with Cambridge University Press, looking at the potential of mobile education across different territories such as Asia, Africa and North America.

The consultancy is intended to help inform CUP’s publishing plans in education as they look at the impact of digital technology across all their offerings.

Sounds App wins ELTon award

<Sounds App iconSounds: The Pronunciation App which was produced by Vivid Interactive for Macmillan Education, has won the British Council ELTon award for Innovation in Learner Resources.

This is the first time an App has won an ELTon award and is recognition of the growing importance and impact of mobile technologies to education and training. Teachers and students can use the the App to practise their English pronunciation any time, anywhere.

Vivid produced the Sounds App in 2011 as a native App for both iOS and Android-based mobile and tablet devices. We have further updated the App this year to include inApp purchasing functionality, allowing users to extend the app by purchasing and downloading additional wordlists.

If you would like to know more about our App development services, please get in touch with Mick Landmann on 07768 106910 or email him at mick@vividinteractive.co.uk.

Vivid’s MD on expert panel

Mick Landmann, Vivid’s MD, will be on an expert panel at the Education Investor Summit in London on 17th. April 2012. One of the key topics is the ‘Digital revolution and what it means for education’.

The Education Investor Summit is the annual destination for the education industry, bringing the entire sector together in a single forum to discuss common concerns and provide opportunities for networking at the highest level.  http://www.educationinvestor.co.uk/summit.aspx

In-App purchasing added to App

Vivid have just added in-App purchasing to MacMillan’s Sounds: The Pronunciation App. This allows users to buy new wordlists from within the app to use in the app.

in-App wordlist purchasing choicesA choice of 12 new wordlists can be purchased and more lists will be added to this each year.

Wordlists are graded (based on existing Macmillan course books) allowing learners of English to progress to more and more complex words.

After purchase, new wordlists are integrated into the current app and so can be used throughout: wordlist text and audio, practice questions and quiz.

Additionally, these new wordlists come with some example phrases (text and audio), putting some of the words into an everyday context.

This latest development is a great example of how Vivid are using mobile technology to provide solutions for clients to enhance their products.

Wordlists screen

Sounds: The Pronunciation App version 2 (April 2012) is available from either the App Store or  Google Play (formerly Android Market).

Health and Safety training

Health and Safety with popupsWe have recently completed the development of a digital training course for the British Safety Council, based on their existing Level 1 Award in Health & Safety at Work. This course has been developed as a cross-platform training package that can be delivered on-line via any browser, in a learning management system as a SCORM package and also as an iPad App (Android version to follow).

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Cross platform Phonetics app for Macmillan

The phonetics app for iphone/ipodtouch/ipad produced by Vivid Interactive for Macmillan is available on the Apple app store. Getting excellent reviews and a five star rating the app will be available soon also on Android Market with a premium version for all platforms available in June 2011.

This consolidates our experience of app development, which includes the development of cross platform apps to support our own Teach, Practice and Assessment packs.

A MESSAGE FOR ‘it’s learning’ USERS

Our journey into publishing has now culminated in the publication of a range of Maths online resources, made available directly to schools.

These resources are also available through the ‘it’s learning’ learning platform. For some months ‘it’s learning’ users have had free access to a number of our maths tools for evaluation. They will now be required to licence use of the tools, available in four packs, on an annual subscription basis.

We are trying to manage this conversion from free to licenced use as sensitively as we can. We do understand that for some current users of the free resources this transition may be difficult and we encourage such users to contact us on ‘contact@vividinteractive.co.uk’ and we will do our very best to smooth the transition for them.

Overall, our philosophy is to offer high quality resources at affordable cost. We put our 21 years experience and passion for education into everything we produce and intend to continually add value to our subscription services.

The feedback and involvement of our users is crucial in this and so we encourage all feedback, good and bad, and suggestions for anything that will add value.

Vivid Mobile Development Webinar

Vivid hosted their first webinar on 13 July to share the research they have done into developing educational content for mobiles.

We are currently extending our services to embrace this emerging market following a strategic look at business models and development pathways.

If you couldn’t make it to the webinar or would like to take another look you can view a recording.

You can visit our mobile-friendly web pages at www.vividinteractive.co.uk/mobile for latest news and contact details.