Education

The Problem With Tech and Teaching

The Problem With Tech and Teaching

Let me tell you a funny story about technology in the classroom. I was teaching English at a charter school in Boston a few years ago, and my classes were working on "Macbeth." I'm always looking for new angles of attack, especially with Shakespeare, so I decided to focus on different interpretations and stagings of the play. I cut scenes from a variety of movie versions of Macbeth and showed them to my classes, so we could compare the difference. I used a Royal Shakespeare company version. I used the movie "Scotland, PA," a wonderful modern adaptation in which Macbeth's is a fast food restaurant. But my favorite of all was the Roman Polanski version, produced with funding from Hugh Hefner.

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Apple’s education revolution roundup

Apple’s education revolution roundup

Apple's education-driven press event took place earlier today in NYC and unveiled the company's plans to revolutionize textbooks and the entire learning experience. The news announced almost made us want to go back to school. In case you missed it, here's a roundup of the magic that was unleashed.

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iTunes U Hands-On

iTunes U Hands-On

iTunes U isn't new - Apple first revealed its educational download store back in 2007 - but the new iTunes U app and companion service revealed today is. A suite of not just individual lessons but entire classes and curriculum, iTunes U opens the door to content from high profile schools like Duke, Yale, The Open University and UCLA, with all the multimedia you could desire. Read on for more hands-on feedback.

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iTunes U app released for iPad, teachers rejoice

iTunes U app released for iPad, teachers rejoice

Teacher will soon be able to "do everything on their iPad" as Apple announced this week at their education-based event this week, as iTunes U brings forth a fully interactive set of tools that any teacher, professor, or otherwise leader can use. The user interface is very similar to what iBooks has to offer, this being part of the grander plan to bring all of these education applications into one big experience for the classroom. Inside the iTunes U app, you the teacher are able to set up your classroom experience into categories, each category containing interactive elements such as checklists and the ability to send messages to students and give assignments through the web.

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Apple iBooks Textbooks set at stunning $14.99 or less

Apple iBooks Textbooks set at stunning $14.99 or less

The folks at Apple have this week shown off their new Textbooks category in their iPad and iPhone-based iBookstore, showing how interactive teaching can be done in a brand new way and for a much less expensive price: $14.99 or less. That's the price the books in this new section of the store will cost, and that's what groups like McGrawHill and Pearson have agreed to work with. We've seen how we can grab these books with iBooks 2, how iBooks Author can allow anyone to create such a fabulous interactive text, and now Apple is taking a vast swipe at the future of education with cost.

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iBooks 2 revealed with Textbooks

iBooks 2 revealed with Textbooks

Building on the very central subject of the education event in NYC this week in the iPad, Apple spoke of the second generation of iBooks, that being iBooks 2. This application will tie Apple's already portable, durable, interactive, searchable, and current iPad to the "great content" of the textbook, the textbook having none of the features the iPad can offer to the next generation of students. What iBooks 2 offers the student is much more than just pages - multitouch gestures, 3D models, and interactive experiences galore will bring kids directly into the content they're working with.

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iPad at the head of Apple’s Education event in NYC

iPad at the head of Apple’s Education event in NYC

Apple held an event this week promising no less than an education-heavy set of announcements, Phil Schiller starting the event off right with a series of affirmations that Apple has always been dedicated to helping students learn. Putting the same passion and energy into every product Apple makes is the same that they've done for their education business, and now a new page is being turned. "Students are being introduced to the iPad."

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Apple Education Event Liveblog Reminder!

Apple Education Event Liveblog Reminder!

Apple's education-focused New York City event kicks off in just ninety minutes time, and SlashGear is warming up the liveblogging machine to bring you all the details. Expected to see Apple's first interactive textbook creation app revealed, described by leaky tipsters as "GarageBand for eBooks", the new tool is believed to mark the Cupertino company's assault on the education market, doing for textbooks what it has already done for music.

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Apple e-textbook project code-named “Bliss,” inspired by Al Gore’s “Our Choice”

Apple e-textbook project code-named “Bliss,” inspired by Al Gore’s “Our Choice”

We've heard plenty of speculation surrounding Apple's upcoming event in New York City, where the company is expected to unveil an educational product. It's believed to be a digital textbook publishing tool or a "GarageBand for eBooks," a project that Steve Jobs himself worked on for several years before his death. And now, tips from AppleInsider reveal some more details about the project, including that it's internally code-named "Bliss."

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iWork chief at helm of Apple digital textbook project

iWork chief at helm of Apple digital textbook project

Apple's digital textbook tools, which the company is expected to unveil at an event in New York City on Thursday this week, were the handiwork of the exec credited with bringing the iWork suite to Mac, according to new rumors. VP Roger Rosner's involvement, so the WSJ's sources claim, can be taken as an indication of exactly how strongly Apple has focussed on digital education resources; Steve Jobs is also believed to have worked closely on the textbook project for several years before his death in 2011.

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