Creating Educational Apps
IBooks vs. Apps: Which Platform is Best?
How do people best absorb educational content and new concepts, via iBooks or iOS apps? As an app developer and educator, this is a question I often field at speaking engagements and through online forums. Apple has created two great platforms to choose from, so it often comes down to deciding which one is better suited to the type of content you’re offering. In this article, I explore the strengths and weaknesses of each platform to help you make the best choice.
creating content with ibooks
iBooks are Multi-Touch mobile publications created with Apple’s iBooks platform. These books include widgets that can contain video, image galleries, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and mathematical expressions.
Since Apple released Mavericks last year, readers can view iBooks on their Macs as well as on their iPads—a definite advantage over iOS book apps that only work on iOS devices.
Creating Multi-Touch books with iBooks Author is relatively easy. If you can find your way around a word processor, you can use iBooks Author to create high-quality books. This is a big draw for educators looking to create and maintain control over their own content.
When I created my book series iOS App Development for NonProgrammers, I chose the Multi-Touch iBooks platform because it provided all the tools that I needed to teach programming concepts to beginners. For example, since most beginners get stuck due to simple mistakes, I included a video in each chapter that shows me performing all the steps outlined in the text. If the reader runs into trouble, he or she can watch the video to see