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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Nothing to fear from this
by RichterKuato on Thu 19th Jan 2012 20:00 UTC
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I doubt Apple would be able to successfully lock our (the U.S.) education system into using only their products.

First Apple's stuff is typically expensive and our education system is known for avoiding niceties like uptodate textbooks and functional teaching methods.
Second Amazon won't just sit back and allow Apple to be the only player in selling interactive text book.
Third, the idea of interactive education (edutainment?) has been around for ever and everything I see here still looks rather gimmicky and bound to just be used on the side.

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