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Thursday's Wake Up Call! Apple set to reinvent the textbook
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Jan. 19, 2012 12:01 a.m.

Apple is expected to announce today a plan to remake textbooks by offering software to create "interactive digital lessons."

From ABC News: "Gene Munster, the technology analyst who closely follows Apple for Piper Jaffray, said Apple will offer a series of software tools to make it possible to move education from textbooks to interactive digital lessons - easily prepared by publishers, teachers or others interested in creating learning materials."

And from the Wall Street Journal: "It is unclear how Apple's user-generated textbook push would go over with traditional textbook publishers, some of whom might also be part of Thursday's announcement. Some of those publishers are working with technology companies like Inkling and Kno Inc. to offer digital textbooks with interactive features for iPads and other devices. On Wednesday, online textbook rental service Chegg announced its entry."

Some ideas:

  • How much do your local schools spend on textbooks each year? Are any exploring the use of iPads or other devices for students and teachers?

  • How have technology budgets at your local schools evolved over the past few years. How have they kept up, or not, with hardware and software developments?

  • Interview students and teachers. Do they believe iPads would improve the learning experience?

  • Publish a poll. Do readers think iPads could replaces textbooks in the near future?


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