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By Guest Author Melissa.

Leave it to Apple to bring the latest digital innovation front and center in the marketplace. On Thursday, January 19, Apple announced the launch of iBooks 2, an app for the iPad that has the potential to change the face of education.

Apple is not the first tablet developer to take the plunge into digital textbooks, but most of the others have focused primarily on college texts. Apple’s iBooks 2 has its share of college texts, but the innovator is also looking to bring this technology to high school and elementary classrooms, where lack of student engagement with texts is a huge problem cited by teachers.

The iBooks 2 app allows iPad users to download interactive digital textbooks directly to their tablet. With the interactive features of these texts, student engagement increases substantially. In public school districts where Apple has tested the iBooks platform, teachers reported an increase in excitement in their students. Testing of the academic success of these students over those using traditional textbooks will take place this year. Read More »EVALUATING E-BOOK EVOLUTION