A video overview of, "The Senses," iBook
A video overview of, "Natural History: Origins," iBook
Interactive iBooks by Imaxina
Storytelling is a language that everyone understands. For many centuries storytelling was the primary method for passing information along from one generation to the next. We like stories because they are engaging, we can’t wait to find out what is coming up next or what twists and turns the story will take. In school however, when it comes time to learning content, the excitement seems to vanish!
Textbooks in their static form are often times dry and dull, the excitement, twists and turns all taken out to present a standardized overview of content. It’s no surprise then to discover that students don’t enjoy reading textbooks.
The technology tools available to us today allow us to redefine the way in which information in presented to students. We have an unprecedented opportunity to revolutionize the way in which information is being learned and the way in which it is being shared. Textbooks on the iPad come in all sorts of shapes and forms. They range from being photocopied PDFs to engaging and interactive iBooks. Apple’s iBooks really leads the way in this area, providing learners with a redefined textbook experience.
Recently we reviewed a few apps released by a company called Imaxina. Their apps covered a wide range of topics including, “The Miracle of Life,” and “The Five Senses.” What we loved most about these apps was their potential for the flipped classroom. Often times when teachers are looking for resources to provide a rich interactive experience to students as they review information at home, they have to create the material themselves, which can be quite time consuming. This is where Imaxina can come in to save the day. Not only do they have a wide range of apps that cover content, but they have now released two iBooks titled, “The Senses,” and “Natural History: Origins.”
These iBook texts are ideal for the middle and high school classroom. With the use of iBooks students are not limited to the information on the page, they can explore the multi-touch iBooks further to swipe through an image gallery, listen to an audio recording or watch a video all within the book itself!Imaxina have done a wonderful job creating an interactive user experience. For example in, “The Senses,” while learning about hearing there is a decibel spectrum that shows examples of the different types of sounds at the different levels. You can click on these sounds to hear what they sound like. Need to study the structure of the eye or the ear? Why look at a flat image when you can interact with 3D graphic and watch the different parts in action. It's no surprise that this book ranked #4 by Apple for textbooks available in the iBookstore.
Another favorite from, “Natural History: Origins,” are the beautiful graphics that really allow you to visualize the concepts and gain a deeper appreciation for the earths beauty. Not everyone can travel the globe enjoying the natural beauty of the Earth, but through Imaxina’s iBook you can definitely journey on a great virtual tour as you discover the Origins of the Earth.
As you are reading the text there are many options for taking notes all within the iBook. Tap your finger over the text to bring up a few options. You can define a term, highlight a section, add a note with some of your own thoughts or a summary of what you have been reading, you can search for more information and you can even share your favorite part out on Twitter, Facebook or via email.
With iBooks there are so many ways to learn and share information. When you want to go back and review just tap on the notes tab to see your very own notebook complete with all the highlighted sections you marked and the notes you took.
The iBooks produced by Imaxina are a flawless product. They have done a remarkable job of taking complex topics and breaking them down into manageable pieces that are supported with excellent visuals, enhancing the overall student learning experience. We can’t wait to see what other books they bring out down the line.