Education app of the week: iBooks for Mac

Teachers using iBooks will be very pleased to know that the iBooks app has (finally) made its way to Mac and is available once you apply the free upgrade to Mac OS X Mavericks. If you’re new to iBooks, here’s why we recommend it…

What is iBooks?

The iBooks app (Apple, free) gives users access to a huge repository of electronic books. All of the classics (Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Shakespeare) are available for free through the iBooks store (as well as some great supporting study texts), as well as ‘Textbooks’ which teachers can access. These Textbooks can include features such as video, interactive images, assessment questions and even 3D models.

How can it benefit the classroom?
The media rich Textbooks, in particular, are fantastic as classroom materials, as they go far further in terms of interactivity than the traditional textbook. For example, science textbooks can include embedded video that allows pupils to watch experiments, while English textbooks could include interactive quizzes testing pupils’ knowledge on characters and story arcs.

GCSE textbooks and revision guides are mapped to specific subjects and include English, maths, science, languages and many others. They’re all produced by educational publishers and written to address the UK National Curriculum too, so you can be sure they’re aiding your teaching.

What’s the most useful feature?

What we really like about iBooks is that every iBook has the option to download a ‘Sample’, so you can try textbooks before you buy. And everything can be purchased through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme too, making deployment across many Macs simple.

Where can I get it?
To download the app, simply open up the Mac App Store utility on your Mac, and upgrade to OS X Mavericks – it’s completely free.

– Missed our last app review? Check out Sketch Nation Shooter for iPad here.

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Paul F
Paul F
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