Apple’s Educational Innovation

Thursday, Apple announced three new apps, aimed at innovating education, specifically the use of textbooks, as well as selling the ipad as the new essential educational tool.

The first app, iBooks Author, allows educators to create an interactive textbook of their own design, which can be perfectly fitted to the course they teach.

iTunes U, the second app, allows educators and students to share entire courses, including all the materials. Video or audio lectures and ebooks would allow anyone to take any class available from anywhere in the world.

Finally, a new textbook store, iBooks 2, would sell ebook versions of high school and college textbooks. CNN reported that, “Apple said it is partnering with several major textbook companies — including Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who will make e-books for the store…” These textbooks have advantages in their ability to be more interactive, advertizing simulated dissections and responsive diagrams, as well as note taking abilities.

While there is much to be excited about, in regards to the more interactive text books or even lower prices of the ebook version, the question of general affordability of the necessary apple products, or the feasibility of a classroom full of ipads are concerns that need to be raised. Apple’s intention, however, to recreate how courses are taught, is an interesting direction in educational innovation.

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