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Here at The Textbook Guru, we’re kicking off a two-week series of posts about The Move To Digital, exploring how increased digital technology, platforms and strategies are changing the textbook and education landscapes. To kick off the series, I’m happy to present a guest post from Brian Lepley of the Worldwide Center of Mathematics, where innovators provide free math and research videos and textbooks, designed to make education more accessible and affordable:
Pundits and educators agree that over the next decade there is going to be a radical shift in the way education is structured within the U.S. We spend the most amount of money on education and yet it has been well-documented that the U.S. is struggling to compete with many of the other leading nations across the globe, specifically in math and the hard sciences. In order for the U.S. to continue to maintain its position as a global leader, educators are going to need to think of new and different ways in which to reach the youth of the nation.
With the advent of the Internet and the decreasing cost of video production technologies, some of the world’s greatest teachers are now right at the fingertips of students everywhere. Several new learning environments and tools have also been developed that truly individualize the learning process for students and make it significantly more effective. These advances in technology present a new way to think about education as well as make us consider the difference between how students learn today versus how students will learn tomorrow, specifically in this case with regard to math.
Whether in elementary school, high school, or college, the majority of today’s math classes consist of a teacher standing at a chalkboard (or whiteboard) lecturing his or her students. There is some dialogue between the teacher and the students, but for the most part, the students are required to simply be sponges absorbing the information conveyed to them by the teacher.
(Image courtesy of Engadget)
Yesterday, Apple (in the form of Steve Jobs himself) announced the eagerly anticipated iPad2. The new device is leagues beyond the original of a year ago and heads above the competition. Faster, more powerful, lighter, slimmer, more connectivity, heavy on multimedia tools, with a camera and loads of apps, the iPad2 is really bridging the gaps between laptop, netbook, and tablet.
And the kicker? Same price as the original iPad, which started at just $499.
In the presentation yesterday, we saw lots of pointing to the iPad2’s role in education. From the image of the intersection between Technology and Liberal Arts streets to those of the teacher using the device as a presentation tool in the classroom, the vibe was definitely that it was a viable device for education. But as for specifics, there isn’t really anything new or directly targeted toward students and the iPad2’s role for students was merely sort of vaguely implied. As well, iBookstore remains the source for books for the iPad2, but it’s not as if many academic publishers have come on board and made their textbooks for sale in that format.