My Perfect Digital Textbook

I have a vision. It is so clear; it’s almost as if I can feel the digital pages curling beneath my fingers. The textbook would be full of the most current content available on the web. It would have important people and ideas hyperlinked to 3D images that can be spun with the flick of a finger. I’m thinking of a bust of Mozart being able to be turned to see all 360 degrees. It would have vocabulary linked to the glossary, which was also in every language available on sites like Google Translate. Speaking of which, the entire textbook could change languages at the tap of a button on each page or as a setting for the whole book. Timelines would not be static; they would be dynamic, interactive hyperlinks. At the tap of a button on the timeline, images, video, and links within the textbook would become available. Charts, graphs, and tables could be drilled down to access even more data. Maps would of course be Google Earth-like. Videos would be embedded throughout with additional content. Music would even be included as an extra insight into something historical, cultural, or artistic. The typical quiz/review features would be clickable quizzes which provided students with feedback and show more content to help them understand what they missed. Project-based learning and social networking would be embedded throughout with instant access to twitter feeds, wikis, blogs, and creation apps to enhance the learning. This is my vision for the perfect digital textbook. Does it exist?

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Terrific News Re:iBooks

Long story short, I was trying to buy I am Number Four as iBooks for my class set of iPads through iTunes. I thought I was being all legal and whatnot by trying to buy 17 copies. As it turns out, you only have to buy 1 copy per account and you can share it with ALL devices under the same account [Verified by speaking to an Apple rep on the phone]. Whoopee!! This means in a school setting, if all iPads/iPod Touches etc. were under the same account (even if it’s 100s) they could all have the same ebook (and audiobook and movie). Wow! Thank you, Apple. Once again, I bow to you.