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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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

My high school was like that. Every teacher had a university degree, several Ph. d.'s too, all in the subjects they taught.

Then again, my high school was kimda posh :/.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I mean that in the nicest way. I'd have loved to be in a school that where the teachers where highly educated in the topics they taught.

Around here the un-posh public school system is bad enough but you add in us kids growing up in the sticks with the local farmville school and it's all they can do to get classes covered of with anyone that has a teacher's ticket.

I remember one teacher that was properly over-educated for teaching highschool science; he left half way through the year for a university job. Music and french where probably the most constant subjects taught by topic educated staff.

Computers was the topic I really felt it in having surpassed the teacher's knowledge rather early on. Nothing like watching a teacher spend a week reinstalling Dos to fix a memory problem caused by missing autoexec/config.sys settings; all the while telling us *students* that we didn't have the right solution since he was the teacher.

Your lucky to have been in a place where higher value was placed on education.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Ehrrmm. Didn't you go to school in Europe? In Denmark the high school/early college equivalent require a university degree from teachers.

So by posh, you mean an completely average European high school?

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I think requiring the under-grad before attending teacher's colledge is pretty common. What stuck out for me was having PHD's teaching high-school. PHD infront of a class at Uni, sure.. but in lower school levels, that is quite impressive (or my schools where really back-water maybe).

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

My high school was like that. Every teacher had a university degree, several Ph. d.'s too, all in the subjects they taught.

Then again, my high school was kimda posh :/.



This is normal in the better Australian private schools.

One of the private schools here in Brisbane Australia even has a former surgeon teaching biology

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