Textbooks of the future, available today. Apple have done it again…

 

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Today Apple announced iBooks Author, a brand new free app that makes creating textbooks as easy as drag and drop. I’m going to stick my neck out and say that what Apple have planned for textbooks is going to change everything. I think this could be a defining moment when the way we deliver content at school could change forever.

The software allows you to easily create interactive textbooks that run on the iPad which include endless multi-touch interactive features such as videos, interactive images, multiple choice questions, web-based widgets, 3D images that allow the user to spin things around and much more.

Check out this video on the Apple website which says it all.

I think Apple have done it again. With big publishers on board like Pearson, there’s going to be a goldrush starting today to generate this kind of content. I can’t wait to see what the first maths textbook looks like when it’s available soon.

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