Apple announced in January the release of iBooks 2 for the iPad. At the forefront of this program are interactive textbooks, created by top educational publishers such as Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
It’s great news to see a leading technological company like Apple using new media to stay abreast of a new generation of learners. Children are growing more comfortable with using computers at an earlier age, and so using interactive tools to engross grade-school children is a monumental step. Put simply: this one product will influence the way children absorb lessons for the next generation, or maybe more. It’s not just the fact that this is interactive– the key is that now other developers will follow the trend set by Apple and create even more tools to help facilitate learning in an age where traditional media is growing antiquated.