Since the iPad has launched I have seen a surge of educational apps that make the iPad, the perfect device for education. Apple eventually saw this trend and started promoting education category just like games category (in US app store). I was lucky enough to have some of my educational apps featured in this promotion. Apple even provides 50% discount to educational institutes for purchasing apps in bulk.
Now that the rumor has it Apple is going to have an event that will focus on eTextBooks and education, I am excited that this might be the next big thing for education, book publishers, teachers and of course developers.
I have watched young kids discovering all the features and function of an app on iPad intuitively. Some young kids have amazed me by their know-how of the apps that even I did not know. This just proves that iPad is kid’s best friend ever, and if we see an iPad in every home (just like the idiot box) in near future, I won’t be surprised.
If iPad 3 is going to have retina display, I’m sure I’m gonna love reading on the iPad (I still prefer reading on my iPhone!). If we get a feel of real paper like printing on iPad, it would be the best thing to happen for eBooks. Interactive ebooks (audio, video, animations, notes etc) with practice exercises with progress tracking could easily help to master any topic in any subject and it would easily revolutionize the education completely.
It just happened that we recently made an app for English learning called English LaunchPad which includes some of the ideas from the future of the education.
The problem education has suffered so far is to teach how to self-learn. Once a student is taught to self-learn, he/she really needs no teacher. One can go on the infinite journey of exploring any subjects one is interested in. Most students fail in education because they are forced to learn without evoking their interest. iPad could provide the opportunity where students are given everything they need and allowed to explore whatever they are interested in.
For decades technologist have been trying and hoping to revolutionize education and have failed. Perhaps, the time has come!