Thursday, 26. January 2012
There are many reasons why going back to school is a good idea, to further your education, finish off an unfinished degree, make a career change, or simply to upgrade your resume.
For some of us, it may have been quite some time since we last sat down in a lecture hall taking notes with paper and pen. Just by saying, taking notes with paper and pen I’m probably dating myself, especially with the recent news coming out of Apple.
With the launch of the newest app for the iPad, iBooks 2, Apple has set out to reinvent the textbook. You remember those big, cumbersome tomes of paper that are usually outdated before the printing press even has a chance to warm up? Well they’ve now moved into the 21st century. Apple reports:
“…iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less…”
Here at ResumeMag we are all for this new advancement in textbooks. Digital textbooks are the wave of the future for education, and here are the top 5 reasons why:
Probably the most important aspect of the new digital textbook is portability. By loading all of your textbooks on one 7-ounce tablet, not only will you, and your children, avoid running to your locker between classes to exchange one ten-pound pile of books for another, but you’ll save potential damage to your back from lugging the heavy textbooks to and from school. As reported in the Woodinville Patch out of Woodinville, WA, ‘rucksack palsy’ is the number one preventable source of back pain. According to the article, Dr. Stefanie Haugen, a chiropractor with Fremont Spine and Wellness, says that, “Carrying a heavy backpack improperly over time can definitely result in long-term challenges to a child’s spine, including, strained muscles and joints, headaches, forward head posture and causes serious back pain, just to name a few.”
With the ability to search digital textbooks with standard computer searching parameters that we are all familiar with, you will spend less time looking for a specific reference and more time applying the knowledge that you found.
As previously mentioned, the now archaic paper textbook is typically out of date before it even comes of the press. With the new digital textbooks, updates can be made on the fly with a simple download.
Although tablets may still be a bit pricey, the costs associated with digital textbooks far outweighs the initial investment that the education system may have to incur to get a ‘tablet in every hand’. With Apple’s iBookstore℠ pricing textbooks at $14.99 or less, soon the days of the $100 textbooks that are only current for one semester. will be a thing of the past.
A digital textbook can now be created 100% virtually, without the need for paper, ink, or a printing press. Not only are digital textbooks environmental in the way that tress will not have to be cut down to produce them, but older textbooks will not have to end up in our landfills, as a digital textbook is updateable, and does not create any physical waste.