Apple to announce new digital textbook format tomorrow?

Apple is hosting an event in New York tomorrow, and if the chalkboard logo is any indication,  we'll be seeing some new content for educators. New reports suggest the big angle here will be interactive textbooks delivered on iPad through a new file format and publishing system curated by Apple. On top of cutting the hassle of lugging around a bunch of print volumes, digital textbooks would be more engaging, and publishers would be able to update their products as necessary.

iPads in the classroom has been a common image in many Apple ads, and more than a couple of schools have bought  in to the idea. Programs like iBooks and iTunes U are already in place to support a new digital textbook standard, but the real question is, will schools be willing to cough up $500/student for iPads? Will Apple be willing to subsidize the cost, just so they can hook 'em while they're young?

I guess we'll find out tomorrow - stick around for our coverage of the event!

Source: Bloomberg

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Apple to announce new digital textbook format tomorrow?

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Regarding education, let's hope it's not an initiative that locks students into one format, one device, one brand. It's hard enough to be locked to the few expensive textbooks we have right now.
It would be great if it was an iniciative to bring the cost of textbooks down that could be used in any device, Apple or not, through a reader like Kindle Reader. THAT is what students need, better, cheaper, upgradeable and interactive books, that can be used across devices and brands.

I think a bigger issue is that if a school isn't equipping its students with electronic devices now, then how are they successfully preparing them to thrive in the real world of today?
My old HS outfits every student with a laptop now. Sure, the laptop could give way to an iPad. But to stay on paper is obsolete- especially on Graduation Day 2019. :)

Haha! If I was in school when the apocalypse hit, I would soooo not be doing my homework. :)
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. On one hand we have people saying how the US education system is falling more and more behind global benchmarks. And at the same time, I predict we'll see schools fighting this technology for various reasons as though the current system actually works.