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[2]: 100% Open Formats
by KLU9 on Sat 21st Jan 2012 14:27 UTC in reply to "RE: 100% Open Formats"
KLU9
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2006-12-06

How on earth would having data in format accessible to many people cripple the education system???
How would it be crippling to have a document that can be read by 50 programs from 50 suppliers rather than 1 program by 1 supplier?
Would people learn less by having a document in .rtf or .pdf than by having it in some locked-up Apple kludge only accessible via Apples iTunes on Apple Mac or Apple iDevice?

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