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iBooks author and amazing widgets for learning iPad Published on April 27th, 2014 | by Mark Anderson iBooks 2 which was launched back in January 2012 was a massive step forward in the world of reading and learning. We were all wowed by the presentation shown at the Guggenheim Museum with the ‘Life On Earth’ example. It had impressive 3D interactive images. It had an in-depth glossary. Image from To say it was feature rich would be an understatement, but what do ‘made for iBooks’ iBooks look like from the store nowadays? Let’s take ‘The Senses’ a new interactive ‘Made for iBooks’ book available on the iBooks store. Tappable element shows how the ear reacts to sound Tappable elements show the different stages of reconstruction It’s a great book for learning. Tappable instruments show how the ear reacts to sounds demonstrating how we hear It really is a great book. Gallery – a collection of images with different tappable elements within there, such as descriptions, which can change as you move through each image.

Smartphone Ownership 2013 56% of American adults are now smartphone owners For the first time since the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project began systematically tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind. Our definition of a smartphone owner includes anyone who says “yes” to one—or both—of the following questions: 55% of cell phone owners say that their phone is a smartphone.58% of cell phone owners say that their phone operates on a smartphone platform common to the U.S. market. Taken together, 61% of cell owners said yes to at least one of these questions and are classified as smartphone owners. Demographic trends in smartphone ownership Every major demographic group experienced significant year-to-year growth in smartphone ownership between 2012 and 2013, although seniors—defined as those 65 and older—continue to exhibit relatively low adoption levels compared with other demographic groups. Trends in platform adoption

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen - National The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence. Sergey Ivanov/Flickr Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? The small Nordic country of Finland used to be known -- if it was known for anything at all -- as the home of Nokia, the mobile phone giant. Finland's schools owe their newfound fame primarily to one study: the PISA survey, conducted every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Compared with the stereotype of the East Asian model -- long hours of exhaustive cramming and rote memorization -- Finland's success is especially intriguing because Finnish schools assign less homework and engage children in more creative play. And yet it wasn't clear that Sahlberg's message was actually getting through. Yet one of the most significant things Sahlberg said passed practically unnoticed. For starters, Finland has no standardized tests.

18 advanced iBooks Author tips EmailShare 118EmailShare Last year I started working with iBooks Author and made my first iBook to use in class. A year later, I now have about 8 iBooks under my belt. At the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2013 in Cork I was lucky enough to spend two times a whole hour with people from the Duarte team (the people behind some great iBook Author Text Books and The Inconvenient Truth Slideshow). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.” 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Related posts:

Thinking About Tomorrow: Providing iBooks Author Feedback to Apple One of the most useful widgets for iBooks Author is the Keynote widget. It enables you to add a presentation to an interactive iBook using the features of the Keynote.app for MacOS X and iOS, including many of the transitions and builds. You can even convert a PowerPoint presentation to Keynote and bring that content into your iBook as well. As you'll see, there is something missing, something very important. Of course there is a way around this. The workaround that's better than a video is called an "enhanced audio" file. Since this is not a how-to post, I'll leave that task to others. I created an example using some ancient media describing the beginnings of the Space Shuttle program. You may download a copy of this file here and it will play (larger) in QuickTime X Player, in the iTunes.app and may other venues that support QuickTime but just not iBooks Author and the iBooks it creates. Here's a view of the GarageBand project that created this enhanced audio file:

Machine Learning Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome. Machine learning is so pervasive today that you probably use it dozens of times a day without knowing it. Many researchers also think it is the best way to make progress towards human-level AI. In this class, you will learn about the most effective machine learning techniques, and gain practice implementing them and getting them to work for yourself. More importantly, you'll learn about not only the theoretical underpinnings of learning, but also gain the practical know-how needed to quickly and powerfully apply these techniques to new problems. This course provides a broad introduction to machine learning, datamining, and statistical pattern recognition.

How to add interactive widgets in iBooks Author iBooks are the most tactile things you will encounter on a digital platform – they’re made for fingers. You can swipe through galleries and presentations, scroll up and down sidebars, play audio and video, rotate 3D models, and tap to open image pop-overs and zoom into parts of large photos. And it’s really easy to add these elements to your own iBook using the Widgets menu in iBooks Author. All of the widgets are customisable too, whether it’s changing the shape and layout of an embedded video or setting the running order of photos inside your gallery. In the steps we’re going to run through the widgets with you, and in the annotation below you’ll find a little more detail on working with galleries – just click the image to make it bigger. 1 Gallery Click the Widgets button at the top to get started, then choose Gallery. 2 Pop-Over Now add a Pop-Over widget and drag an image onto it. 3 Scrolling sidebar 4 Media 5 Keynote Your keynotes can be dragged and dropped in, too. 6 Review

5 Ideas for using iBooks Author and iBooks 2 | iteach Lounge Blog Introduction When the original iPad first arrived there was buzz about how this device could change education. Schools began adopting iPad programs. The iPad is an informational consumption device through which a learner can consume massive amounts of information through their ear and eye channels. Learners could even customize the information slightly, a tenet of UDL. If a learner needed larger text they could pinch and zoom with their hands and of course turn up or down any audio. Student Produced Lessons The big buzz right now about Apple’s new iBooks 2 and iBooks Author app is the interactivity textbook publishers can bring to the classroom. Inclusive Design Awareness What is really great about iBooks Author is the upfront approach to accessibility. Digital Storytelling Enhancement Digital Storytelling has been around for a while now in classroom education. Supplement your classroom Teaching Final Project Portfolio <a href=" Our Poll</a> Like this:

Make amazing HTML5 widgets for iBooks Author with no coding knowledge The topic of my blog this week will be about a fantastic piece of software called iAd Producer. Now, firstly, you may want to know what an iAd is! Well, an iAd is a mobile advertising platform that Apple created for its iOS devices so that developers can embed advertisements directly into their apps. Self explanatory therefore that iAd Producer allows developers to create these iAds! iAd Producer supports HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript standards for creating these iAds with a very intuitive user interface so that coding is not mandatory. It provides a single-window interface for viewing and editing layouts and settings with project templates loaded with pre-built structures including banners, splash pages, and menus. What I’d like to bring to everyone’s attention in this blog is the recent update to iAd Producer. “iAd Producer automatically manages the HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript behind your iAd to make creating beautiful, motion-rich iAd content as easy as point and click.” Cool huh?!

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