In our schools in my district in Austin, the kids in Middle and High School are all getting iPads, along with a bunch of apps that they need in order to do the curriculum. I think this is awesome in a bunch of ways, personally (the less books these kids have to lug around the better–they don’t use lockers at our schools), but one of the cool things is that it provides you a (hopefully) fun way to get kids interested earlier in topics in which they might not otherwise be interested. Like the environment. As with this here Kickstarter project:
Project Title: The ecodads’ Fun Education Apps for Kids & Teens
Closing Date for Funding: 12/27/2012
From the Creatives: For the past few months, I’ve been creating some really fun Education (Interactive Texbook) Apps for Kids and Teens, with my friend Jory Prum, (who has worked with Jim Henson / Muppets, Pixar and Lucas Arts).
Here’s a demo video link that we put up to kickstart it a bit: http://kck.st/SawNOy
For the 1st set of iBooks, we have selected a landmark CURRICULUM called “Education and the Environment” (which has been unanimously approved by the CA State Board of Education and is for K-12th graders). It also works with Common CORE and STAR Testing Education Standards, so teachers can easily integrate it into their classrooms.
Naturally, the successful elements of this effort could be utilized to benefit schools across our country AND produce generations of environmental stewards.
Together we can collectively demonstrate a new guiding model for the antiquated textbook publishing industry, which will improve both our student comprehensive and education system overall.