An apple for the teacher
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Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for Apple, has said that education has been deep in the company’s DNA ever since being founded in 1976, but they have just recentlydemonstrated this with the newest version of iBooks, one of Apple’s most popular apps.
The key features that most iBooks users enjoy are its user interface– its ability to show both books and PDFs– and the use of iCloud, which allows any iBooks document to sync with any and all iOS devices.
Recently, Apple released iBooks 2.0 which now includes text, photos, videos, and even 3D images that can be moved and explored. The books themselves are from several top textbook publishers, like McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (brands that Bixby High School uses) who make up about 90% of all textbooks sold.
Teachers can also make their own textbooks to share with students and fellow teachers from across the globe. They can even add section quizzes and students can easily navigate through the text for definitions or excerpts from specific sections.
One reason for the iBooks popularity could have to do with simple convenience. Textbooks can be instantly updated with revisions and new information, which is especially important in science subjects because some parts are outdated as soon as a book is printed.
The application is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for free download or update.
Most high school textbooks are between $60 and $80, while college textbooks can be more expensive. The ultimate goal would be to save schools from having to purchase new textbooks every few years due to damage, theft, or misplacement.
Spartans take note: perhaps the better way to please your teacher is not with a red delicious, but with an Apple of slightly less nutritional value.