Here’s an iPad rumor I can really get behind. Apple’s ‘education announcement’ event in New York is less than 24 hours away now, and it is looking more and more like the event is going to focus on textbooks and education materials on the iPad.
GigaOm cites a Bloomberg report that notes a special focus on grades K-12:
Bloomberg reports that Apple will announce tools that make publishing interactive textbooks on the iPad much easier, and also allow for the creation of other “digital education content,” according to two sources familiar with the announcement’s details. The new tools, which will be introduced by Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, are intended to help broaden the appeal of the iPad for educational institutions, with a special focus on grades K-12, Bloomberg claims.
This is one iPad related rumor I would love to see come true. I’ve got a daughter in 3rd grade and she currently carries a backpack to school each day that feels like it weighs more than she does. I would love to see her class (and her school) using iPads in place of, or as a supplement to, textbooks. I believe this would have benefits for students, for teachers, and possibly even for school budgets if saving on paper and other spending areas is taken into account.
My daughter is an experienced and very savvy iPad user (shocker, eh) and I’d love to see her able to carry a much lighter backpack and put an iPad to use each day at school.
What do you all think about K-12 textbooks on iPad, and iPads in K-12 in general?