McCracken reported that Schiller said, “education is deep in our DNA and it has been since the very beginning” and that Apple is “on the cusp of something great.”
10:06 a.m.: In a slide titled “Reinventing the textbook,”Schiller has shown off a “brand new textbook experince for the iPad, according to The Verge’s Joanna Stern. Called iBooks 2, the new textbook experience makes textbooks interactive.
10:12 a.m.: Apple has prepared a video with interviews of teachers explaining the limits of teaching with traditional textbooks — namely, low student engagetment — and talking about the excitement they see from students when they use the iPad to learn, reports CNET. The new textbooks lets students tap on glossary terms they don’t understand, jump easily between sections of textbooks and lets you save notes into your Apple cloud document without leaving the textbook.
10:17 a.m.: The Verge’s Joanna Stern says that there are interactive, visual Q&A sections for students immediately at the end of each chapter, which lets them measure the immediate impact of wha t they’ve just read. They’ve also added in study tools such as the ability to highlight certain passages by running a finger over them. The software will automatically turn these highlights into study cards. Apple’s
10:18 a.m.:Glossary terms can also be turned into cards, and can be shuffled.
10:20 a.m.: McCracken reports that the iBooks store has now been updated to include a textbook section, and that books can be downloaded to the iPad. Students “own the book forever” and can redownload texts to their devices at any time. iBooks 2 will be free on the App Store today.
10:21 a.m.: Apple also introduces “iBooks Author,” a Mac app that will let anyone make their own interactive textbook; comes with templates such as science or math, CNET reports.
10:22 a.m.: Users can add their own interactive elements, such as videos or 3D models whether making a book out the week’s lesson plans or a cookbook for their own kids.
10:25 a.m.: Stern reports that Apple’s iWork vice pressident, Roger Rosner, is showing off how easy it is to drag elements such as photo galleries and models into the textbooks. Apple has an interactive toolbar with pre-made elements that authors can manipulate.
10:28 a.m.: McCracken reports that the publishing is easy; iBooks Author assembles the book and formats it for the iPad automatically. The software also has a preview function.
10:30 a.m.: From Stern: Rosner says, “"In like 5 minutes flat, we created an e-book and deployed it to the iPad. I hope you find that as inspiring and empowering as I do."