What springs to mind when you hear the phrase “technology in education?” Is it an outdated Windows computer collecting dust in the back corner of a classroom? Software that’s nothing more than overly animated flashcards? Or is it the iPad, which supports interactive textbooks and dynamic educational apps for all ages? Whether the tablet is used to teach reading and arithmetic basics to kindergartners, or to create a presentation for teenagers, the iPad is a chameleon in the classroom with the flexibility to adapt to any kind of curriculum. All that’s needed is a school administrator who is willing to adopt it.
Our 2012 DonorsChoose Challenge runs from April 16 to April 30 -- and all donations up to $100 will be matched if you enter MACLIFE at checkout! Find our more about our donation drive to help public schools after the jump...
It's the beginning of another DonorsChoose Challenge! From now until the end of the month we'll be raising funds for public school classrooms with the help of DonorsChoose.org, my second-favorite site on the Internet.
ALL donations up to $100 will be MATCHED if you enter the code MACLIFE at checkout -- this is a first for us, and I could not be more excited. We have a chance to raise soooooo much moneeeeeeyyy!!!
And to get things started right, I'm offering some bonus prizes for now through Wednesday. More details inside!
Geography lessons aren’t always the easiest subject to sit through in school, but for younger learners seeking a more interactive hands-on way to explore and absorb important knowledge about the world around them, Barefoot World Atlas is a delightful, information-rich resource for the iPad that proves learning can be a lot of fun.
For those of a certain age, the Encyclopaedia Britannica was the Google of our childhood -- a vast resource of information that could save the day for school projects or simply expanding our minds. But now, in a true sign of the times, the publisher is closing the books (pun intended) on the print edition.
Stylish, interactive children's book Numberlys takes place in a stark, drab world with no alphabet. Not unlike Fritz Lang’s futuristic dystopian film, Metropolis, its inhabitants are unsatisfied with their situation and set out to do “something different.” Gradually, they build all 26 letters -- with a little help from the readers.
Well, if you're a jailbreaker the you know this was quite a week in the news, and if you care at all about the Internet, you know this was the week the online communities came together to defeat some truly heinous legislation. And if you missed any of that, we've got the hottest stories of the week just waiting for you right here and now.
Apple again made headlines this week with its effort to revolutionize the educational market through the iPad, with an updated version of iBooks and a new app for iTunes U. Combined with the Mac-based iBooks Author, the company is poised to help put iPads in thousands more schools across the United States and indeed, even more worldwide.
Apple has set the stage for a textbook revolution with the new iBooks 2 and free iBooks Author software, but as it turns out, that was only the first of the company’s plans to unveil in New York City today -- Cupertino is also introducing a new iTunes U app for allowing colleges and universities to share their knowledge with the world.
Apple hit the Guggenheim stage in The Big Apple this morning with a media event focused on the educational market. That may not excite many Cupertino fans, but it’s enough to stimulate the tech world, which has been abuzz in the days leading up to the event, complete with speculation about how Apple might be able to reinvent it.