METC: Creating Digital Curriculum


My Notes from:

Creating Digital Curriculum, Bret Siegel – Apple
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 3:25 pm

Today students are learning in more places than just the classroom, and educators are finding new ways to extend the reach of their curriculum into the ever increasing world of mobile devices. This session will explore the use of ePub (electronic Publication) and the tools available from Apple for creating, transforming and managing your digital curriculum. We will look at examples of content currently available from publishers as well as how to transform your own content into ePub documents for use on iPads, iPods and iPhones.

Session handouts can be found at: http://metcconference.org/moodle2011/course/view.php?id=406

MY THOUGHTS ARE ALL IN CAPS – (tip of the hat to Wes Fryer here)

Morgan Stanley predicts mobile technology will eclipse desktop pc’s within 3 years.

PERSONALLY, I THINK MORGAN STANLEY IS UNDERESTIMATING THE DRIVE DOWN TO THE YOUNGER LEVEL, AND INTERNATIONAL PRESSURES FOR AN EASIER TO USE ECOSPHERE… I THINK WE WILL SEE THIS TIPPING POINT IN LESS THAN A YEAR AND A HALF…

Showing multiple locations that are leveraging iPads with schools for trials like Chicago Public Schools, to entire grade levels in 5-6 locations in the country and more…

Referencing CK-12.org and inkling, iTunes U – free to educators, KahnAcademy (free video based training), new ability to use iTunes to download ePub books directly to iPad and iPhone.

All connect to iBooks from Apple.

Now showing CK-12 flexbooks (free open source textbooks) I have written about this here and here at EdReach.us

Showing the iBooks ePub format and the benefits of that platform. Ability to highlight, bookmark, create notes, hyperlink, video and search because of the ePub format.

Within iBooks there is an ability for teachers to leave notes for students and email those notes and the highlighted material to students.

BRET ALLUDED TO SYNCING NOTES AND THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE DEPENDING ON LICENSING AND HOW THE IPADS WERE CONFIGURED FOR ITUNES.. I.E. SINGLE ITUNES ACCOUNT USED AS OPPOSED TO EACH STUDENT AND TEACHER HAVING HIS OR HER OWN ACCOUNT.

Pages on the Mac has the ability to create native ePub documents.

Pros to ePub over PDF
– Format for electronic books
– Reflowable content which is device agnostic, font size and orientation independent.
– Optimized for mobile devices
– Support for embedded video and audio – audio and video need to be simply in sequence with the text.
– When text is most important, use ePub
– When formatting is most important, use PDF

Http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4168 to get an epub book template… There is possibly a Microsoft plugin to allow Word to save as ePub…

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE MICROSOFT WORD 2007/2010 PLUGIN FOR SAVING IN EPUB FORMAT http://www.aspose.com/community/blogs/aspose.words-product-family/archive/2009/08/22/save-any-document-from-microsoft-word-2007-to-epub-using-a-free-add-in-from-aspose.aspx

ePub can be synced through iTunes, emailed, or embed ePub into a webpage and it will then download and open in iBooks..

Through the iPad accessibility features you can turn on VoiceOver which will allow the iPad to read and text in any app. Additionally, there is a translation to and from Spanish — need to confirm this.

I THOUGHT THAT HE MENTIONED THE TRANSLATION. I NEED TO LOOK MORE INTO THIS

Now demonstrating inkling

inkling.com inkling currently had a limited number of books, but there is a link on the site to suggest books for inkling.

Benefits
Ability to purchase only a chapter at a time.
Embedded video, images, links, etc.
Can create notes, bookmark, highlight sections, and all are sharable with others and can collaborate on a book notes.

Now showing Pages ability to create an ePub format book. Using the ePub Best Practices template for Pages, creating an eBook is very easy.

Even through this session was run by an Apple employee it was very informative and helpful as I am working with a department chair to possibly create our own textbook. Great ideas and inspiration… If we were only a Mac district…

Additionally, the ability to “triple-click” the home button to turn on voice over and have the iPad “read” any text within an app including ePub formatted eBooks is amazing… My iPad might be reading to me on the ride home tomorrow!

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Location:St. Charles Convention Center, St. Louis, MO

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2 thoughts on “METC: Creating Digital Curriculum

  1. Pingback: Mobile ED: iPad’s [iOS's] (not so) Hidden Accessibility Features | Ed Reach

  2. Nice informative and useful post. You have nice command on the topic and have explained in a very great way. Thanks for sharing.Good work,hope your blog be better!I just want to make a blog like this!

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