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[3]: I sympathise but..
by ChrisJames on Sat 21st Jan 2012 20:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I sympathise but.."
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No one is saying that trying different tools and new technology in education is a bad thing.

The supposition you are trying to support is that iOS is the best way to do this and will give an experience that cannot be matched by anything else. Therefore, we need to willingly accept Apple's lock-in as the price that must be paid for new educational tools.

The description and teacher's testimonial talk of access to videos, the more approachable nature of a thin tablet versus a thick textbook, the more one-on-one and interactive nature of doing the problem sets, the interest in using the different technology, etc. Not the inherent supremacy of the Apple experience.

Locking things down to one platform diminishes the ability to try more tests like this and experimenting with different methods in the future.

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