When I first heard about Apple’s iPad, I was sure that it would change the way we teach, and the way students learn, in school. I was just not sure when. And it seems like the time has arrived. I have just come across with Inkling, which is a new and innovative way of producing e-textbooks with a twist. The twist is two-fold. Firstly, the pages are replaced by “cards,” which makes the books look more like flash cards for students. Additionally, the books can contain audio and video elements, as well as interactive quizes. Secondly, in addition to having several interactive features such as highlighting and bookmarking, Inkling also allows users to add friends to their circle and share notes, bookmarks and highlights. Users can even ask a question about a note to his/her friends and receive their answers, creating a collaborative way of learning.
I believe this is going to be the beginning of a new and exciting phase in teaching and learning. The iPad is truly a revolutionary product and I am excited to see what’s coming next.