The future of print, part 3

Here's another envisioning of the forms that traditional print publications are going to take as tablet eReaders and computers become more prevalent. This one is from Penguin Books and shows what some interactive experiences might look like for younger children. 

Previous installments in this series were:

Thanks to Fast Company for leading me to this video. Happy viewing!

3 Responses to “The future of print, part 3”

  1. Like the Youtube commercial. Makes the tech book look fantas tic. Now lets look at ECE development issues. Put the tech book into the hands of a 2 or 3 year old. It has to be 1 to 1 with an adult. Small children need fine and large motor practice. This tech book will be thrown, dropped, chewed,hit, and probably even thrown up on. Can it take it? They make small, well built , hard and cloth books that can pass that test. Yes when you are using a standard book you have to have 1 to 1 also with an adult and that is the best way to learn but you can hand it to the child to experience the book by themselves. Hand the hard book to a 2 year old and they will chew it and manipulate the pages using the entire hand since fine motor skills (one finger pointing) have not been fully developed. If the small child does ruin a book you are out maybe $6 to $12. Hope the tech book comes with a good warranty plan a parent or school will need it. So this sounds really negative … what I am saying is that tech books have great possibilities but are like microwaves…You can have a microwave but for all around cooking you also need an oven. Learning with a tech book is wonderful but with ECE it has to be paired with turn the page books to complete the learning experience.

  2. This video was amazing! Maybe todlers shouldn’t use this. (agreeing with the post by Tina) They may just chew it up. Never the less, it is a great idea!

  3. Michael Ramlogan Reply April 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    The video shown was amazing. Some of the thing shown off were very impressive. As a father with a little 2 year old, I was very impressed with some of the coloring applications as well as other activities that would really engage my child. I just recently came back from the apple store and was lucky enough to test drive the Apple Ipad, which is what these programs are running on. I am also a long time Iphone user as well, and what I must say is that this new technology is very impressive and really feels amazing in your hands. The possibilities are endless with these types of tablet computers. I was surprised to see such complex learning programs already as the Ipad just hit stores today. This Ipad with these learning tools are really a step up in technology. The only problem I would have, and I have to agree with the first poster, is that the programs for little children would be sort of impractical as they most likely won’t stand the test of children. The application about the human body seems more relevant for older children and I can really see it’s importance in the classroom. Overall it is a great product with great learning abilities, but not all age ranges might be suitable for such a delicate piece of technology.

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