Apple Computer’s new iBook Author app falls short of being a significant breakthrough in digital textbook creation, says Digital Education Engagement Analyst Margaret Weigel, blogging for HuffPost’s Tech section. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaret-weigel/ibook-authors_b_1283619.html
“Apple could've launched a truly game-changing technology, but instead they have transferred book-based content and learning practices -- Flash cards? Highlighting? -- to digital form.” Her specific quibbles:
• iBooks has no way to easily integrate learning collaborations
• iBooks encourages educators to plug in graphics, but doesn't allow students to create them, or edit existing visual content
• iBooks implicitly discourages web access
• iBooks Authors may not play well with learning management systems.
Weigel would like future iBook textbooks to be less traditionally book-like and encourage the student as a producer, not just a consumer, of knowledge. “An iBook text could be a truly 21st century learning facilitator that encourages agency, collaboration, creation and critical online skills.” Amen to that.