Apple has unveiled three new tools to compete in the digital educational realm through their Apple in Education program: iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and iTunes U. The iBooks 2 app for the iPad will host digital textbooks, ones that are “an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive”. By using the iBooks Author app, Multi-Touch e-books can be created for the iPad by anyone with a Mac. Also unveiled today is an all-new iTunes U app that gives “educators and students everything they need on their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to teach and take entire courses”. iTunes U will give access to the “world’s largest catalog of free educational content from top universities including Cambridge, Duke, Harvard, Oxford and Stanford”. Beginning today, this content is provided free to K-12 schools to teach full courses through the app. All three apps are available to download for free from Apple.
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