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]: Ballpoint pens
by MOS6510 on Sun 22nd Jan 2012 19:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ballpoint pens"
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When the planets align people can agree, even in this site!

Look, I don't think every school/university will throw all books out of the window tomorrow and commit 100% to the iPad, iBooks and Apple. A number will take a look in to it, run trails, others will wait to see what happens.

If it works, more and more schools will use it more and more. If it doesn't, or doesn't for some schools or for some situations, they'll stick with traditional teaching methods.

I'm trying to write more using a pen and it's not easy. My brain is way faster than my hand, causing some strange letters to appear. I think this illustrates that we still need some traditional teaching and skills.

When I tell other people this they often also say they have trouble writing. Sure we still write the occasional word or two, but do we write ever whole sentences? More and more people don't, they type it. Despite being a geeky nerd I don't think it's good to become so depended on technology.

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