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JANUARY 28, 2012 11:48 PM


Can Apple Change Education With the New iTunes U?

The computer giant'slatest re-imagines how educators work in the classroom

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If there’s a company that can reinvent education I would put Apple at the top of the list. During theApple Education event on January 19, 2012 in NYC, they launched the all-new iTunes UiBooks Authorand iBooks 2. In doing so they have created an engaging learning ecosystem that enables educators to create a real-time, interactive learning experience.

The new iTunes U store has expanded to include grades K-12 and community college courses to go along with the colleges and universities courses they already offer. There are free courses from some of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the world, including DukeHarvardStandard andYale, among others. The updated iTunes U store already has over 100 courses on it already. Below are three more major upgrades:

iBooks Author Tool: Specifically designed for the higher education market, this custom-authoring tool gives instructors/authors the ability to create interactive textbooks. There’s also a free desktop version that can be downloaded. Not limited to people who are creating textbooks, the tool is open to anyone who wants to create a beautiful book with a multi-media experience.

iBooks 2: The updated app focuses on creating a digital bookstore for interactive textbooks. Apple is working with textbook manufacturers McGraw Hill, Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which produce 90% of the American textbook market. The reinvented eTextbooks integrates videos, 3D models and allows students to take in-line notes that can be saved to an Apple Cloud document while reading the textbook, creating a richer learning experience that utilizes the full capabilities of Apple iOS5 devices.

iTunes U App: This is an update to the iTunes store app that has been in existence, which launched with more than 500,000 free lectures.

Some of the Major New Features

  • Users can access full course material online: syllabus, office hours, notes, and posted assignments.
  • The new app allows you to read books and view presentations from a single app.
  • Users are allowed to leave feedback online for the courses.

Access requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS5 or later. If Apple is trying to change the entire education landscape, one of the downfalls of the iTunes U is that it cuts out Window and Android users. The harsh reality, though, is this is part of Apple’s business model. Like it or not, it has worked well for them and don’t be surprised if you continue to see universities and K-12 educational systems adopting the iPads and iPod Touches in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 iTunes UiBooks Author and iBooks 2..all this new advanced technology for the classroom at all levels is great but IMO, this also greatly hampers the learning abilities of the newer generations at all ages because "actual human thinking" is being left out of the equation and all your thinking is done for you....by way of a computerized device with an internet connection.

 

I was listening to the radio a fews days ago and the DJ has a report that reveals that high school students who were about to graduate from high school, could not do basic math (several students could not add $1.49 + $1. 51) and they could not distingunish between the words "there, their and they're.

 

A female caller phoned in and said that she graduated from high school 7 years ago.

 

She was told by many of her teachers when writing a book report, they weren't concerned about how they obtained their information for the report and the template (rough draft etc) all they wanted was the final report without the prior work-ups (all they did was cut & paste; Google or another internet site) and she also told she doesn't need to know how to solve math problems in her head or on paper (they never went to the blackboard and the teacher rarely used it), she was told "that's what the calculator is for".

 

She also said that since they weren't mentally challenged to think, all that stuff you learn 2-3 years after high school you totally forget how to do: the math, english, reading, writing....it just evaporates if you don't use it in your daily life.

 

So if she was told and taught this, just imagine how many all across the country.

 

And I can attest to that with me trying to teach my niece who can BARELY read, write, comprehend and make simple distinctions, how to pass her driver's permit test but she had a high school diploma....she still hasn't gotten the driver's permit and probably never will.

 

This is too scary and many of these people will be in charge of something and responsible someday.

 

Satellites orbiting this earth malfunctions, are destroyed or there's a massive blackout anywhere or simply the lights go out during a thunder/lightning storm (computers. IPad, Facebook, Twitter, Blackberry, cellphones, ITunes etc) and it's sheer panic....very few will know what or how to do. 

 

And the fact that technology has people brainwashed. What's the differnece between my 8 years old computer/laptop and a new one? The very first IPad vs the latest one? A 3G cellphone vs a 4G cellphone?

 

The difference is "speed & capacity"? What speed & capacity?

 

No one ever uses all capacity anyway because if you get too close, problems will arise. Speed? Comes from your local internet provider unless you're still using dial-up.

 

You just paid $400-600.00+ dollars 3 months ago and now you're about to spend another $400.00-600.00+ in another 3 months and another 3 months after that. You can have 3 or more new different devices annually costing thousands and for what?...the very same thing?

 

Old vs new....texting still the same, taking pictures and forwarding them still the same, watching movies, watching TV, listening to music still the same....all they do is add something else (makes very little difference) they devised & planned to add-on later to their newer devices several years ago but convices the consumer that they "just thought of it"....and what remains the same?.......It's the very same internet!

 

SMH.

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A National Recommended Reading List could have reinvented education decades before Apple existed.  It is not the technology it is the information you put into the technology.

 

A book is technology just like a tablet computer is technology.  That book means there are paper mills somewhere.  There are machines to cut the paper.  Printers that print the ink onto the paper and machines that bind the book.

 

The tablet computer means there are machines to manufacture integrated circuits somewhere and people assembling components onto circuit boards.  But that computer can hold 10,000 books.

 

BUT WHO IS SELECTING WHICH BOOKS?  That is the most important part of the education.

 

Apple is going to game the system to make money for Apple.

 

ASUS Eee Pad Memo Hands On
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV3MCzPHMLs

A Short History of the World by H. G. Wells (not sci-fi but an SF writer's perspective)
http://www.bartleby.com/86/

There Will Be School Tomorrow, by V. E. Thiessen
www.feedbooks.com/userbook/11643.pdf

All Day September  by Roger Kuykendall
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2295/all-day-september

THE YEAR WHEN STARDUST FELL by Raymond F. Jones
http://www.amazon.com/Year-Whe...t-Fell/dp/1935774409
http://www.readcentral.com/boo...Stardust-Fell-Online

Eight Keys to Eden  by Mark Clifton
http://www.mysterious-strange-...ional-mysteries.html
http://www.onread.com/book/Eight-Keys-to-Eden-6514/

The Fourth R by George O. Smith
http://www.onread.com/book/The-Fourth-R-17950/

 

When do you hear these people talking about the FREE-e-books?

 

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Quote by Xumbrarchist: "A book is technology just like a tablet computer is technology".

 

So why is that "wooden" book more effective in teaching children (and allowing teachers to teach more efficently) how to learn the basics in reading, writing and math skills than a tablet computer in all it's various forms?

 

What's that old saying..."sometimes less is more"?...and "more" (in today's case, much much more) can severly curve your learning.

 

Having more does not make you smarter or better equipped mentally.

 

Because that text book has the one thing that makes it effective...it's limitations....the limited pin pointed information that allows you to better concentrate and only caters to the specific subject matter at hand in the moment and the book's overall simplicity....You open the book, you turn to the chapter, page and the process begins.

 

And eventhough this new teaching technology is also specific (I assume) in it's tasks, the overall technology environment has created a culture of severe psychological dependence on that technology that hampers actual common sense thinking.

 

Wooden book and a really good teacher......No outside distractions, cell phones, no chatting/texting, no buttons to push, no chargers to plug into the wall, no wi-fi/internet disconnections and no additional information (apps, incoming text messages etc) that information overload those young minds and causes the teacher to become lazy and ineffective because they don't have to actually teach the learning process because the tablet computer does it all for them just the same as the students.

 

Teachers are just as much the victims as the students because it also dumbs them down, causes them to be totally dependent...take short-cuts, limits individual attention to particuliar students and makes their jobs easier also.

 

Several books in a bookbag/pen/pencil/ruler/protractor/high lighter/tablet paper versus a tablet computer with a multitude of information and kids are being dumbed down at the very early stages because of all of the excess and distractions.

 

The library? Going there...Doing research...reading...Actually writing it down on paper? Waiting for that book's return? Study groups? Having to actually think? 

 

What's that?

 

Do today's kids even know how to write on paper standard or cursive or effectively spell?

 

Don't get me wrong, I love technology but it's a "download, cut and paste" world causing some real world problems especially in America where "having more is always better".

 

Everyone walks around with their head down staring at a video screen unaware of their overall surroundings and plugged in musically hearing very little to what's happening on the outside...not good mentally or physically as the years go by.

 

 

Let her "machines only" dependency begin.

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So why is that "wooden" book more effective in teaching children (and allowing teachers to teach more efficently) how to learn the basics in reading, writing and math skills than a tablet computer in all it's various forms?

Because that text book has the one thing that makes it effective...it's limitations.....You open the book, you turn to the chapter, page and the process begins.

Wooden book and a really good teacher......No outside distractions,... information overload those young minds and causes the teacher to become lazy and ineffective because they don't have to actually teach the learning process because the tablet computer does it all for them just the same as the students.

Do today's kids even know how to write on paper standard or cursive or effectively spell?

Everyone walks around with their head down staring at a video screen unaware of their overall surroundings and plugged in musically hearing very little to what's happening on the outside...not good mentally or physically as the years go by.

 

Who says wooden books are more effective than computers?

 

What percentage of teachers are REALLY GOOD?  I would bet less than 10%

 

But the effectiveness of computers was proven in 1987 and they didn't have tablets then.

 

http://firstmonday.org/htbin/c...nterFriendly/507/428

 

The interesting thing about that case is that the teachers did not interfere because they did not want to be bothered with students they regarded as trouble makers.  So the students didn't have to be bothered with teachers on AUTHORITY TRIPS.

 

I presume our educators haven't figured out how to use this stuff most effectively yet and don't agree on what effective is.  Most of the manufacturers just care about the money.  Dell has discontinued netbooks and is pushing Ultrabooks.  It's about the profit margin.

 

But you can't run free software on a wooden book.

 

Solve Elec: draw and analyze electrical circuits
http://www.physicsbox.com/indexsolveelec2en.html

Celestia: space simulation of the universe in 3D
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

GeoGebra: Interactive graphics, algebra and spreadsheet
http://www.geogebra.org/cms/

Logisim: Digital logic circuit simulator
http://sourceforge.net/projects/circuit/

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