Apple’s iBooks 2 initiative for the priviledged few could leave most children behind

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Apple’s iBooks 2

Apple’s new iBooks 2 initiative has the potential to vastly improve the K-12 learning experience.  They will offer attractive digital textbooks with interactive features like videos, animations, definitions, flashcards, and quizzes. But, with the proprietary nature of the software it means that publishers, parents, and schools will be locked into Apple’s ecosystem.

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U.S. high schools will add iPads while moving away from textbooks

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A sophomore at Burlington High School in Burlington, Mass checks out his iPad.

At western Connecticut’s suburban Brookfield High School, incoming freshman will soon be tossing out the heavy textbooks. They will soon be flipping electronic pages on a glossy iPad tablet computer.

 

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By 2015 all textbooks in South Korea will go digital

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Some schools are already using textbooks displayed on notebook computers.

All of South Korea’s elementary-level educational materials will be digitized by 2014.  And by 2015, the entire school-age curriculum will be delivered on an array of computers, smart phones and tablets.   South Korea’s education ministry is yet to announce the make or model of the devices it will purchase, it has revealed it will spend $2.4 billion buying the requisite tablets and digitizing material for them.

 

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McGraw-Hill Preparing for an e-Book Boom in China

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Book fair in Beijing, China.

Several years from now, none of China’s millions of students may have to carry bags loaded with heavy books.  Indeed, they may not need to visit libraries or museums, darken the doors of a school, or even be required to talk with teachers or fellow students.

 

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Digital Textbooks Gaining Favor In Some Classrooms

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Students use digital materials instead of traditional textbooks

The dread of high school algebra is lost here amid the blue glow of computer screens and the clickety-clack of keyboards.   A fanfare plays from a speaker as a student passes a chapter test. Nearby, a classmate watches a video lecture on ratios. Another works out an equation in her notebook before clicking on a multiple-choice answer on her screen.

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Amazon Launches The New Kindle DX For Magazines, Newspapers and Textbooks

Launch Of The New Kindle DX For Magazines, Newspapers and Textbooks

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with the new Kindle DX

Amazon unveiled the Kindle DX this morning, an e-reader with a 9.7 inch screen that is 2.5 times larger than the Kindle 2, which debuted earlier this year. (Pics)

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