When I was at school, we had one fridge-sized PC per classroom, which generally took until the lunch bell to boot up. The integration of technology in the classroom was in its infancy.
Since then, the dawning of the digital age has quickly changed the landscape of education. What students used to get in half a dozen textbooks is now available in the palm of their hand, in the form of a tablet.
Tablets are capable of offering enhanced eBooks, featuring images, video and audio. These elements are impossible to include in print or in a standard ebook. Read about music? No thanks, I'll follow my auto-advancing sheet music as the audio plays. See a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. as I read his "I Have a Dream" speech? I guess that's fine, but with one tap of my finger, I'm watching it.
To aid in this all important quest for knowledge, we have put together a compilation of 6 fantastic reader apps to help with your studies - one for every day of the week (with a rest on Sunday): Kno Textbooks, CourseSmart, Inkling, NOOK, BitLit, and Blinkist.
So now you're an eBook convert, what are you planning to with your old textbooks? We've thrown in a great little app to help you clear your shelves, and earn you a bit of extra pocket money to boot: BIGWORDS.com.
Kno boasts one of the largest catalogs and claims to be #1 in eTextbooks; the app certainly doesn't disappoint. With great navigation, super search options, and the ability to import PDFs from Dropbox, you immediately get the feeling that this is smarter than your average reader app.
What separates it form the rest of the eReading pack is the 'Quiz Me' feature, which allows you to quickly quiz yourself on any table, graph, or chart in your chosen book. This way of automatically generating a quiz based on the content you are reading is exactly the kind of innovative feature that makes eBooks exciting.
As if that wasn't enough, 3D modeling technology is one of Kno’s biggest selling points. The ability to tap on your book and see a 3D version of a chemical compound is very cool, and being able to spin, flip, and zoom into it is a lot of fun