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Apple Textbooks: Everything You Need To Know About Apple's New Education Software

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 01/19/12 03:00 PM ET   Updated: 01/19/12 03:37 PM ET

During an event Thursday at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Apple announced new software aimed at revolutionizing the way teachers teach, students learn and publishers create educational content.

Apple said, according to Mashable, that 1.5 million iPads are currently used in classrooms and that over 20,000 education or learning apps had been developed for iOS, writes TechnoBuffalo. With the company's latest announcements, those numbers could get even higher.

So what did Apple unveil this time? A big update to its popular iBooks app, a new category for the iBookstore, tools for teachers and students, and a do-it-yourself digital book creator. Check out the slideshow (below) for everything you need to know about Apple's latest. Read on to see how Twitter reacted to the news.

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Apple announced version 2 of its iBooks app for iPad and iPhone. iBooks 2 introduces a "textbooks" category to the iBookstore, where visitors will find media-rich educational books that offer videos, interactive pictures and diagrams, learning tools and much more.

GigaOm provides an overview of the textbook experience via iBooks:
Textbooks appear on the shelf, and then you tap to launch. The books occupy the full screen and can be paired with embedded video content and introductory movies. Multitouch is used to navigate textbook pages and can also help manipulate integrated 3-D models for biology books, for example.


Books will be available for grades K through 12.
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