I am so excited about the possibility of iBooks in the classroom. Honestly, as a teacher with multiple "classroom sets" of textbooks, the thought of freeing up that space is ethereal. As far as iAuthor goes, the ability to create my "own" textbook is super exciting. I hate textbooks. In fact, I loathe them. I feel like so many teachers use textbooks as a crutch. Have I done it? Yes. Am I proud of that? Heck no. The ability to generate useful material will take time, but oh my goodness, I am ready.
1. Could they have made this program any easier? Drag and Drop Technology
2. Widgets= Interactive
3. Up to date not out of date
1. I am a little nervous about copyright infringement
2. How many students/schools can afford this type of technology? You have to have a Mac to create your own iBook, and students must have a device for viewing. PDF versions are an option, but they won't be as interactive in nature.