ibook world

In history classes, most of our use of textbooks is for homework reading – preparation for activities and discussions in the classroom the next day. They rarely are asked to bring their books to class. Depending on the configuration of the history ibook, I could envision them engaging students in more interesting and interactive ways. For example, the ibook could illustrate change over time (like for the spread of a religion or political conquest) in a more dynamic way. Perhaps they could include more interactive representations of historical artifacts (perhaps 3-D) or even include reenactments (a la documentary filmmaking). It seems like some of these are already available – i.e. through the internet or through film. However, to have the resources more centralized, directly resulting from and made explicitly for the book’s curriculum would be much more useful.

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