WHS 34: The Textbook Reinvented – The Wired Homeschool

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Apple announced the reinvention of the textbook last week when they launched iBooks 2.
Fast facts:

  • 20,000 education apps built for iPad
  • 100,000s of books in iBook store
  • 1.5 million iPads are currently in use in educational institutions and schools
  • iTunes U has seen over 700 million downloads
  • Video, interactive features, search, common iPad “gestures” like pinch to zoom, swipe, and tap
  • Portrait mode is optimized for reading
  • Highlighting and note-taking
  • Study cards from notes and glossary terms
  • Textbooks not available on iPhone or iPod
  • iBook Author only available for Mac

More information about iBooks is available at Apple’s website.

Genesis Technologies offers discounts of up to 85% for homeschoolers. This is a great way to get a discount on software.

Jay Ryan’s Celestial Almanack will have you looking up when you step outside at night.

Simplex Spelling Sight Words and Phonics 1 are great ways for children to learn to spell.

Video review of the Belkin TuneDok. It’s a great accessory for keeping your iPod or iPhone safe in your vehicle.

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