Inkling, a San Francisco-based software company, is leading this transformation and bringing textbooks into the digital age. Rather than simply loading textbooks onto an iPad as a PDF, Inkling is completely changing the way that students interact with their textbooks by integrating text, video, 3D images, and collaborative note taking all in one place: an ipad app.
Check out this quick video to see Inkling in action:
There are many positive impacts that digitizing textbooks will have on education and the world:
- Saving trees - no more huge books!
- Easy content updating by the publisher - no more need to buy version 7 because they made four minor changes to version 6
- Portability - it is so much easier to carry around ONE iPad than 5 textbooks
However, the most exciting part of the textbook transformation is that it is going to make learning COOL, ENGAGING and EXCITING. Instead of forcing students to turn back the clock 30 years by reading paper textbooks, Inkling and the iPad will allow students to learn in a modern and dynamic fashion that is consistent with level of technological interaction they are used to in their day-to-day lives. Kudos to Inkling and the iPad!