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[4]: I sympathise but..
by Tony Swash on Sun 22nd Jan 2012 13:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I sympathise but.."
Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

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.


No. What I am saying is that the Apple, iOS. iPad route is the only route that exists as a fully featured actually existing and available system at this moment. There also doesn't seem to be any likelihood of a competing system emerging in the near future. This means accepting Apple's way of doing it happen by default. That's just the way it is.

The best way to predict and manage the future is to invent it.

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