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Apple to announce e-book creation tools

Ars Technica is reporting that Apple s media event in New York on Thursday won t just be about education partnerships to release textbooks, but that we might also see new tools that are described as GarageBand for e-books.
The new tools are said to make e-book creation much easier than currently available software tools so that writers can more easily write and distribute their books.
In addition to the new tools, the Wall Street Journal suggests that Apple will also unveil new textbooks that are specifically optimized for the iPad. There are also rumors that Apple will announce partnerships with textbook publishers McGraw and Pearson PLC.
If these reports are true, then Apple may intend to revolutionize the e-book market like they did the mobile app market. By including writer-friendly tools and giving those writers a store to distribute and sell their work, Apple could help cut out much of the work and marketing currently necessary to get a book to the masses. Of course, none of this is official, so we ll have to wait until Thursday to find out.

Mobile Social Learning

Study Hall is a new website and iOS app for sharing and studying with friends. Even though the service is still in a beta phase it seems promising. The basic idea behind Study Hall is to enable teachers and students to upload content to a common place and access it through an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod Touch. When using the free iPad app students can communicate in real-time about the content that they are sharing. When using the free iPhone app students can post comments about the content but cannot see each other s comments in real-time.
Applications for Education Study Hall is a promising application for moving course content into a collaborative mobile platform. Once Study Hall publishes their Android app I think there is very real potential for it to be the preferred place for teachers to upload content and for students to study together remotely Math Practice Flash Cards is a free Android App from The app designed for elementary school students. As the name implies, Math Practice Flash Cards is a set of flashcards for practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The app allows you to use pre-made sets of flashcards or create your own set of flashcards. To create your own set of flashcards just choose the parameters of largest numbers and smallest numbers in the flashcard set. You also have the option to choose from fun mode which is not timed or the timed mode.
I gave Math Practice Flash Cards a try on both my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and my Motorola Photon. The app does not appear to be optimized for tablets yet, but it does work very well on my phone.