The interactive textbooks feature social collaboration, integrated multimedia, and instant learner feedback. Inkling has launched its platform for advanced learning content with the offer of its iPad app.
It is available in the App Store (www.iTunes.com/appstore) and users can buy individual chapters or entire books at a discount to the print price.
“Inkling uses multitouch interactivity to create engaging learning experiences,” said Matt MacInnis, founder and CEO of Inkling. “Rather than replicating a book on a screen, Inkling puts 3-D objects, video, quizzes, and even social interaction right at a student’s fingertips inside the textbook.”
According to the company, Inkling’s sync technology lets students collaborate in real time by sharing their notes and highlights with one another. Students can see comments from their friends and professors right alongside their own notes, making it easy to collaborate side-by-side or across campus.
Additionally, Inkling offers:
- Integrated interactive media in every title, such as movies, 3-D objects, and guided tours
- A simple user interface that makes it easy to skim readings or jump from place to place in the title, while keeping track of your progress
- Interactive formative assessment that helps students gauge their level of understanding
- An intuitive search engine that predicts your search as you type
“Inkling’s intuitive search features alone make it hard to go back to a traditional textbook,” said MacInnis.
Inkling is a free download from the App Store, available for iPad. The list of interactive textbooks available for purchase in the app includes titles in psychology, marketing, biology, and economics from McGraw-Hill, says the company.
Free previews are available for all titles, and prices start at $2.99 per chapter and $69.99 per book.