Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Highly interactive ebook apps for Secondary

Our Choice (just released 28th april 2011)
A follow up by Al Gore to his climate change documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

This App for $A4.99 would be a good addition to ebook apps for any secondary school. The documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ is to be included in the Australian national curriculum as part of a bid to educate students on environmental sustainability across all subjects. So this followup would be a very useful resource for students. The App is notable for its high interactivity and rich media features. Watch this TED video for more details information about the features of this ebook.

Eureka Sports Science (free)
A fantastic app for all PDHPE or Science students and for anyone interested in the science of sport. This is a special digital edition of The Times’s monthly science magazine. This highly informative app looks at how the science of sport is changing the human race. The interactivity and enhanced graphics as well as stunning photography make this a very engaging app that you just want to keep exploring. And the best thing is that it is free. Note: this is a very large app and will take a while to download.

War of the Worlds $5.99
Produced by Smashing ideas this ebook app makes you feel like you have stepped into early 20th century London under siege from the aliens, with great interactive illustrations and matching audio. At one point while wiping the fog away from each window pane a sense of impending doom comes over you as each quarter image begins to reveal the alien looking in at you.

Dracula: the Offical Stoker Family Edition and A Christmas Carol ($5.99 each) by PadWorx Digital media.
In Dracula as you read you can uncover images, original score audio and film. You can light up the words on a page with a lantern, unseal the mysteries of letters and journal entries, blow the leaves off of tombstones to reveal the writing beneath, and even use your own “blood” to reveal hidden text on a page.

A Christmas Carol has steampunk-style animation, illustrations, original score, sound effects, and hidden Easter eggs of bonus content will draw you into the story's unforgettable lessons of darkness, despair, joy and life. Read a review of this version of A Christmas Carol.

A taste of more great ebooks to come for our secondary students is Level 26 - Dark Prophecy. Unfortunately only available in the USA at the moment but have a look at the promotional video to see the sort of interactivity that publishers are moving towards in ebooks for young adults.

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