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TeacherCast Podcast #42 “iBook Author” (@cteduonline @classwidgets @dennisrfreitas)

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Jeff sits down with Christopher Tully, Dennis Freitas, Rhys Jones and Thomas Beverly to discuss the brand new iBook Author from Apple.





Topics Discussed:

  • What is iBook Author?
  • Who was iBook Author created for?
  • How to Create for iBook Author?
  • Creating Widgets for your iBook Author Project using ClassWidgets.com
  • Using iBook Author outside of the Classroom
  • How to Publish on iBook Author on iTunes
  • Why are Widgets important


After spending 18 years in Television and Film production, Christopher Tully made the leap into education in the Philadelphia School District. Currently, he is the Multimedia Technology Instructor at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology as well as an adjunct professor for Moore College of Art and Temple University. Chris is also on the Teacher Leadership Network in Pennsylvania, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator’s Board. Through his implementation of an engaged and motivated classroom model, his program has won several awards including, Career and Technical Exemplary Program, ACTE, 2007; Outstanding CTE Program, PA, 2008; Apple Distinguished Program 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. He travels nationally to provide professional development and present topics including the effective use of technology, classroom management, Apple technology, and Apple Pro Apps. In addition, he has developed many national certification exams for Apple, Inc, Cisco, Inc., the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Most recently, he developed the website cteduonline.com to assist in developing learning environments that promote Career and Technical Education, technology in the classroom as well as academic excellence.  Chris was recently awarded the Thomas C. Olivo award for his efforts in promoting career and technical education.

For additional information, please visit about.cteduonline.com.


Dennis Freitas
I was first introduced to personal computers in 1983 my first year of college. We have come along way since then. I have had to many machines to list here. I am what is been referred to a “Flipper” I started on a PC switched to Apple than back to PC (due to work) spent most of my time working on Windows machines. In 2007 with the release of the iPhone I dove back in to the Macintosh eco system and have never looked back.

In Late 2009 I entered to world of Podcasting Creating Mac Daily Quick Tips and YourMacShow the Podcast. Soon YourMacShow became a Video tutorial screencast based show. We have also had several other Podcasts over last two years such as Apple Aid, Not Another Mac Podcast and most recently GooglePlusToday and All Things Google.

We have several plans for the future with the next major project to be release this Fall. YourTechNetwork. We have an incredible group of people from all different Tech backgrounds who will be contributing their shows to our new Network. The idea is for YourTechNetwork is to be your one stop shop for all things tech.

Now where we will differ from the many of other Tech networks online today is ours is tutorial based. A place to learn all about your particular device. We plan to do this with Podcasts, Video tutorials, quick tips and detailed how to articles. Most of the Networks on line today focus on News and rumors. Our Network’s focus is on You and  “Helping you Get to Know Tech”


Rhys Jones is the founder of edtech company Acknack Limited. An established UK entrepreneur, Rhys has been working alongside educators from primary school through to university on how to enhance learning through the use of mobile and tablet devices. He is excited to develop simple tools that allow students and teachers to generate great content, and on ways to bring learners together to interact and share their knowledge. Acknack’s current projects include PageSend, the real-time interactive whiteboard for the iPad (www.pagesend.com), and Class Widgets, a great way to add interactive content to iBooks (www.classwidgets.com).

A Welshman, Rhys enjoys the countryside and lives with his wife and two children in North Wales, at the foot of mount Snowdon.





Thomas Beverley is a coding guru, having recently graduated with a first class in Computing from Bangor University. Working at Acknack and already an accomplished developer, he is an active participant in coding meet-ups and conferences, including being one of the voted-for talks at Google IO’s bootcamp.

Tom comes from a family of educators, and is a mentor with CoderDojo, the youth coding clubs movement.

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