Digital Education Spreading with iPads
Today’s students have many more choices when it comes to technology and different learning styles. Experts have long known that some people learn better with hands-on activities, and many of the newer electronic devices help these hands-on learners with touch-screen activities.
Studies have shown that learners who struggle with traditional learning styles respond quite well to touch-screen devices and e-readers. This makes the iPad, iPhone, and the new iPad mini excellent devices for alternative learning styles. Educators are taking advantage of these technological advances and many schools and universities are encouraging learning apps, online resources, and digital textbooks to help students learn more effectively.
There’s a new California law on the books that provides new digital textbooks to students. The new law will help create a special fund to convert 50 books to digital text initially, and make those basic college course e-textbooks available on an open-source platform. These digital textbooks, created under a Creative Commons License, will be available to students to use with digital devices such as the iPad, iPhone, iPad mini, and Android devices. The Pearson Foundation has reported that a survey of students shows that a majority of those currently enrolled in a bachelorette program prefer the use of digital textbooks.
The Digital Textbook Revolution and the iOS Developer
What does this surge in support for digital textbooks mean for the iOS developer? If more universities are embracing digital textbooks, more students will be purchasing e-reader capable devices and apps that assist with opening and annotating digital textbooks. iOS apps that help students study more effectively with an e-Book format will prove to be popular in coming years as well.
Specialized apps that integrate digital textbooks and not-taking capabilities may help students get the most from e-Texts. While it may takes some college students some time to adjust to reading and learning from a digital text, the upcoming generations may have less of a learning curve. Digital textbooks are becoming more commonplace in elementary and secondary schools as well, preparing tomorrow’s generations of college kids for digital textbook use.
Will other states follow California’s lead and encourage iOS developers to raise the bar for apps that promote easier learning with digital text formats? Time will only tell, but the future is promising for higher-quality learning apps to become more in-demand in the next few years.
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