If only Apple had made textbooks when we were at school we’d have made straight A grades and graduated with a first from Oxbridge. With the introduction of Apple iBooks 2 – a iPad-based platform for selling education materials – learning might just have become cool again.
Assuming you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that interactivity is the crux of this new appraoch to learning – interactive glossaries, indexes and appendices are all present and correct – plus there’s the ability to make interactive section tests that are fun and can be marked by your iPad instantaneously (we just hope it doesn't scrawl condescending comments in the margin as it goes).
The new digital textbooks let students tap to make notes or highlight passages in different colours, something we’d like to see drift into more general applications, particularly if we could send URLs with highlighted passages and annotations. All those notes are automatically compiled into study cards for quick pre-test cramming.
Both iBooks 2 and iBooks Author are available today, free. We're sending off for some UCAS forms.
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