This is pretty important. My school is currently in a stage of digitalisation that wants to get rid of textbooks and replace them with tablets in class. They are, however, contemplating on using iBooks Author to allow teachers to create content for students. And as we know, files created with iBooks Author can only be used on Apple products. Therefore, all students will be required to purchase an iPad for use in class, for any alternatives simply become impossible.
For many reasons, I disagree with this approach, and would like to see a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. This is possible if a workable solution to the problem is found. Namely, the school needs a system that allows the following:
- Easy(!) creation of digital textbooks by teachers. A lot of teachers aren't digital masterminds, and require a simple interface to create textbooks.
- Ease of use for students. Students shouldn't be distracted by complicated interfaces.
- The textbooks must be able to play multimedia. The textbook should be able to contain text, images, audio and video.
- Content allows for use on tablets (iOS and Android primarily). Preferably, it should allow for use on any device.
The following are much preferred (the iBooks approach doesn't meet some of these):
- Easy sharing. The teacher must be able to easily share the textbook with students and push updates effortlessly. Files are technically a no-no, but acceptable. The school already has a system for pushing files to students.
- Free of charge. The school can't afford licenses for every student or for every teacher.
- HTML5. Anything HTML5 is good.
Does anything come to mind? You can think outside the box, really, see if anything meets the requirements.