The announcement of new education tools at the ‘Apple Special Event’ excites many and leaves others with a range of concerns. Here’s a guide to this Apple education initiative if you do not watch the presentation.
iBooks Author is what excites me. I think Apple’s hype is justified and this tool will be a game-changer. Publishing just became a whole lot easier and other companies will play catchup with Apple, spawning an ecosystem of opportunities. You can read some interesting comments and debate at this post.
I would love to have students writing their own ‘textbooks’ to display their knowledge and a range of other skills using this free tool. Writing for an authentic audience just took on a whole new meaning. Here’s how you publish and sell your book online. This blog post is also very useful in understanding the mechanics of the process. I do have questions about ‘quality’ and ‘control’ but believe the benefits outweigh any concerns. I intend to explore these concerns with students…a good debating topic after they have played with the tool.
How do you feel about this tool? What opportunities can you see? Concerns?