Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jan 2012 13:54 UTC
Apple "Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19. While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Ars that Apple will announce tools to help create interactive e-books - the 'GarageBand for e-books', so to speak - and expand its current platform to distribute them to iPhone and iPad users." While the textbook industry needs some massive disruption, am I the only one who thinks a solution over which Apple has total editorial control and which is limited entirely to Apple PCs and iOS devices is a really stupid idea? That's like going from Scylla to Charybdis.
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The Big Question ...
by MacTO on Tue 17th Jan 2012 19:35 UTC
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Are school boards going to be willing to fund and collaborate over textbook development, in order to free themselves from tyranny of textbook publishers. If so, this will be a tremendous development that will ultimately reduce costs and allow for more differentiation of resources based upon regional needs. If not, they just found a way to make education more expensive (because publishers aren't going to sell the books for less even if printing and distribution costs virtually vanish).

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