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: I sympathise but..
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 20th Jan 2012 00:26 UTC in reply to "I sympathise but.."
Flatland_Spider
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2006-09-01

At least this way we get Apple's excellent design and ease of use, so students get to use tools that empower rather frustrate them


Apple empowers the user? How do they do that?

If you want to talk about empowering software, how about software that is available for $0.00 eliminating the price barrier imposed by predatory companies and levelling the difference between the haves and have-nots. Software that is only limited by the time and imagination of the developers not by accounting or a suit. Software that can run on older hardware. Software that gives the user complete control over their system.

Any vendor lock-in is crippling.

Apple would be a very stylish tyrant, but a tyrant still.

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RE[2]: I sympathise but..
by ilovebeer on Fri 20th Jan 2012 01:24 in reply to "RE: I sympathise but.."
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

If you want to talk about empowering software, how about software that is available for $0.00 eliminating the price barrier imposed by predatory companies and levelling the difference between the haves and have-nots. Software that is only limited by the time and imagination of the developers not by accounting or a suit.

Apple is neither a charity nor a non-profit organization. It is a business, just like our education system. As much as you may dislike that fact, it remains as such.

As far as software being empowering.. I would suggest that what empowers a user is not the cost, or lack of it, but rather the ability of the software to meet the needs of its users in an efficient way.

Any vendor lock-in is crippling.

In terms of our education system, in some ways it is and in other ways it's quite the opposite. It would do people good to seriously consider both sides of this issue before rushing to judgment.

We don't live in a utopian society. We never will.

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RE[3]: I sympathise but..
by TechGeek on Fri 20th Jan 2012 04:01 in reply to "RE[2]: I sympathise but.."
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2006-01-14

No we dont live in a utopian society and we are far from mostly because of people with your thinking.

Most of our educational system, K-12 is state sponsored. Its not a business. To allow Apple, who bans and censors things in their store at whim, exclusive rights to supply the educational materials to our schools is crazy. Our publishing system needs overhauled, but at least right now there is choice.

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