Apple Introduces iBook Textbooks

WoW!  On Thursday of this last week, Apple changed the face of the school textbook industry by introducing several new products.  Please watch the video above on how they are changing the way our students learn with interactive textbooks. The press release started like this: “ NEW YORK—January 19, 2012—Apple® today announced iBooks® 2 for iPad®, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less, and with the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available today, anyone with a Mac® can create stunning iBooks textbooks.” We are incredibly excited about this announcement primarily because we are now in position to access this brand new technology for our students.  Stay tuned as we enter a new era of learning in Monroe Township.

Lockers / Teachers – Student Workflow

It’s hard to believe that our students have had their iPad learning devices for 3 months!  As the initial wave of excitement settles, we are planning the next steps of our implementation plan inclusive of how student and teachers are interacting with each other in a virtual world.  The “Lockers” program is being presented to the Board of Education Curriculum Committee tonight by the head of our technology department, Mr. Reginald Washington.  “Lockers” is a means for electronic distribution and collection of student assignments.  We will give you updates on our progress as the students and staff get trained and accustomed to this “workflow” for student work.