Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 17:41 UTC
Apple Apple's education event just ended, and just as Ars Technica said, Apple announced better support for textbooks, as well as a textbook authoring tool. The textbook authoring tool is heavily inspired by Keynote and Pages, and hence, I already know it's going to be top-notch and very pleasant to use. In addition, the company also repositioned iTunes U as a Blackboard competitor. As great as all these new tools are, several large red flags went up in my mind: I remember what it was like being the only student who didn't use Windows. Update: "Any e-textbook author that wants access to the iPad-toting masses must make his or her work an exclusive to iBooks 2."
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Already Happening
by joehms22 on Thu 19th Jan 2012 18:35 UTC
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The committee at my University in charge of all of the web-apps us students use (blackboard, Adobe Connect, and tons of in-house solutions including a Netflix clone and blogging platform) came to the general consensus that if a company like Apple were to offer inexpensive textbooks the University would be okay forcing every student to purchase a single tablet model from a single vendor.

Their key argument was: we already make Engineering students purchase x86 Windows XP machines to run AutoCAD, this is really no different than that.

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