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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Apple's Major Education Initiative

You can watch Apple’s video that announces three new products that Apple hopes to be a disruptive technology to education.

The first product is called iBook 2, a free app, features digital textbooks for students.  Apple states that they are currently working with some publishers including Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, all of whom have signed on to provide e-books to Apple’s digital store.

The second product is called the iBooks Author, also a free app, that lets authors and publishers create interactive digital textbooks.  The app is basically a powerful tool that allows text, videos, references, and interactive images to be easily embedded into the digital books. 

The final new product is within iTunes U and lets teachers plan their curriculum and gives the ability to communicate with their students.

According to Apple, all of the products are aimed to student engagement and revolutionizing the way students learn.

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