Everything You Need to Know About Apple's New Education Tools

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In an attempt to promote interactive learning and take over the textbook industry, Apple made its education announcement in New York this morning. Just in case you were at the chiropractor all day trying to undo years of damage caused by a heavy backpack, here's what went down:

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How many school districts want to supply iPads to all of their students? None? Okay, just checking. This is stupid, and what's even stupider is that Apple is trying to force its closed-ecosystem model on something like education. They'd better stick to what they do best (prosumer and high-end consumer electronics) or risk becoming a wannabe monopoly. With Apple it's always all or nothing.

Another side note: who would pay for a textbook they couldn't even read on their computer? As far as I know, Apple still has no plans to bring iBooks to the Mac. This, in comparison to Amazon's policy of making Kindle as widely available as possible. There's a Kindle app for iDevices, Mac, Windows, Android, and of course Amazon's old-school Kindles. Now that's a viable iBookstore.