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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RE: I sympathise but..
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 20th Jan 2012 00:26 UTC in reply to "I sympathise but.."
Flatland_Spider
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2006-09-01

At least this way we get Apple's excellent design and ease of use, so students get to use tools that empower rather frustrate them


Apple empowers the user? How do they do that?

If you want to talk about empowering software, how about software that is available for $0.00 eliminating the price barrier imposed by predatory companies and levelling the difference between the haves and have-nots. Software that is only limited by the time and imagination of the developers not by accounting or a suit. Software that can run on older hardware. Software that gives the user complete control over their system.

Any vendor lock-in is crippling.

Apple would be a very stylish tyrant, but a tyrant still.

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