Thursday, January 19, 2012

Apple iBooks 2 Announcement: My Thoughts on Catechetical Implications

Apple's announcement today of iBooks 2 will have an amazing impact on education. This has been in the works for a long time. I remember Steve Jobs talking about his vision for revolutionizing textbooks years ago. It looks like it's finally becoming a reality. 

The obvious question for me is "How will this impact catechesis?" I watch the video (link below) and see amazing things that we could do to publish interactive catechetical materials. Imagine making Church History exciting to your 7th graders. It's possible. BUT... there is a huge obstacle. Your students have to have iPads. Ouch! Imagine your parish DRE trying to sell this; "Catechism registration will be $80 dollars this year with a small $700 iPad purchase fee and a two year data contract." 

Outside of the traditional catechetical setting, there will be great potential. Materials can be written (or designed) with the family that has an iPad in mind. These materials do not need to be for classroom use. They could be written to help parents step into their God-given role as primary educators in the faith. Now that should get the gears turning. For decades we have asked, "How do we get the parents to teach the faith to their children at home?" Maybe this is part of the solution. 

I encourage you to take a minute and watch the video I link to below. 

Sorry that I could not embed the video. Apple makes this tougher than most sites. 

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