Gerard Lagana, March 5, 2010
For the past month I’ve been writing several different articles about Apple’s iPad. I’ve written about gaming, watching videos, and even reading books. However, I haven’t really touched on the education side of what the iPad could be capable of. The iPad has many practical applications when it comes to education. Imagine a classroom where you are asked to take out your iPad, and not turn to page twenty of your book, but interact with page twenty of your book. Penguin Books wants to bring this technology to the iPad.
paidContent:UK writes that, Penguin books wants to bring interactivity and create online communities through their eBooks, as cited here:
“Many of Penguin’s iPad books seem hardly to resemble “books” at all, but rather very interactive learning experiences, from its Dorling Kindersley and kids imprints – the Vampire Academy “book” is “an online community for vampire lovers” with live chat between readers, and the Paris travel guide switches to street map view when placed on a table.”
This is a whole new arena for education. Being able to interact with a book, and then chat with other people who share your interests in the same book is priceless. This will open new avenues of teaching. Imagine you are in a third grade class, and you’re reading about Annie Oakley. Not only will you be able to talk about the book and it’s characters with your classmates, you will also be able to talk with other third graders around the world who might be reading the same book. Plus there could be a video to accompany the story.
Younger children are also going to take advantage of the level of interactivity that Penguin Books will deliver to the iPad. Your child will be able to read their favorite stories, as well as color the characters, or help move items in the story. The following video gives a short demo of this:
Technologies like the iPad will only further our children’s education, by having them interact with the story. It gives them a sense of being there, almost like watching a movie that grips you. As I wrote in an earlier article, “these are exciting times we are living in.” I can’t wait to see what else the iPad can do for education. I’m really excited how learning will make a change for the better.
Photo Credit: How Penguin intends to Create Books for the iPad
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