Today’s Apple announcement regarded education. Kind of the point of the invitation they sent out, the Big Apple on a chalk board.
Today’s announcement was regarding the update to iBooks, iBook 2. This gave support of containing text books, this is huge. They also announced that all high school textbooks will be $14.99 and under. If you take how much books are on average for High School students, its around $40-$60 per book. Most schools have either 6-8 courses to complete a students schedule. That’s a lot of money. Having iPads will be more cost effective, since books will be very cheap. Students will only have to carry an iPad with them, which is less than a pound. Instead of carrying many books that weigh 10 pounds each. Other great features include, books will never be out-of-date. Constant updates will help the books be as current as possible. Also, since many schools have WiFi or getting WiFi in the near future, students can click on pictures and/or videos and listen, watch, and actually experience the content.
Now what’s important to school is the actual content. Reading is so much easier in iBooks 2 because of many new features they have added. If you’re reading a textbook for an example, and you come across some key information, you can simply highlight the content. That makes note of the content, and when you’re done reading, you can go to a section called, ‘My Notes’, this holds the information either in note form or in flash cards. Instead of going back and reading it again, simply have a recap with the key important information that you highlighted. This makes life easier for K-12 students and college students.
I think iBooks 2 will literally change the education world. Now it’s time for parents, students, bloggers, anyone to get this out to school districts. We honestly can’t expect school systems to jump on buying iPads, it’s going to cost a lot of money. Private schools across the nation already have iPad as a school supply. We need to start this change from textbooks to textbooks on iBooks. It would be one of the best decisions and may just keep students fairly interested in learning and school itself!
(We will have have a review of iBooks 2 and all the other software they released today very soon! Stay tuned)