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Apple held an educational focused event and introduced new products geared for digital textbooks by announcing iBooks 2. Here are the highlights I have gathered with the help of TechnoBuffalo:

  • Tapping on a books will bring up an intro movie
  • Databases will be added to textbooks that will allow for search
  • Media will be integrated into the textbook such as interactive graphics and videos
  • Students can tap on parts of a diagram and interact with them (i.e. part of an insect or explanations of the body parts)
  • Students will receive immediate feedback from the questions at the end of each chapter
  • Integrated notepad for note taking included
  • All notes and highlights can be turned into study cards…which can be shuffled for random testing
  • iBooks 2 is free

Also, a new tool for textbook authors called the iBooks Author. It will feature:

  • Templates for books like math and science
  • Drag and drop interface
  • Can drag in existing text files and add images…program will do auto-wrap
  • WYSISIG (What You See Is What You Get) interface
  • Can put in a slideshow instead of just one image
  • Will also work with Keynote
  • People of various skill level can use this
  • HTML5 support will be available
  • iBook Author is free

Additional comments:

  • Textbook store will be divided into grade level and subject
  • High schools textbooks will be $14.99
  • Apple is teaming up with Pearson, McGraw Hill, Houghton Miffin and Harcourt
  • Pearson will have two textbooks in the store today
  • McGraw Hill will have 5 books today
  • DK Publishing working on things like ABCs, dinosaurs and insect books
  • iTunes U now getting an app – teachers can push out notes, assignments and more
  • K-12 schools can join

Exciting information from Apple today. Stay turned from more updates as they come.