App Watch: A look at what publishers are launching in the mobile space.
Price: $9.99 each
● Do you love classic literature but find those big dusty thomes and tiny Old English type intimidating? Providence eLearning's Apple iBooks can help. Filled with interactive material, such as video lectures, audio narration and review questions, they add a new level of engagement to those glorious, if occasionally unapproachable, texts. These features are all designed to enhance learning by helping reinforce what students read and giving instant feedback, from within the book.
"The narrators are top educators who are passionate about their material," says Cole Mathisen, e-learning coordinator at Providence eLearning. "We combine their literary expertise with technical expertise to create the ultimate comprehensive and interactive learning experience."
There are currently six titles available, including Macbeth, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Beowulf and The Poetry of William Blake, with more on the way. Providence plans to release a new title each month.
Atlas By Collins
Produced by: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.
● If you thought global atlas apps began and ended with Google Earth, now there's Atlas by Collins. Drawing on the HarperCollins UK imprint's rich history in map publishing, Atlas by Collins takes a different approach to geographic exploration. While not as granular as Google Earth and its grainy, stitched-together satellite images, Atlas by Collins focuses on beautiful, well-organized globes, all with full swipe and zoom functionality and arranged under three thematic headings: atlas essentials, people and power, and living earth. With seven distinct globes, each with its own set of overlays (a population globe visualizes distribution, density, urban population, etc.), Atlas by Collins packs a lot of data onto your tablet. As each globe must be downloaded individually, the app can be a bit of a memory hog (minimum 620MB and maxing out at 1.1GB), but individual globes can be removed from, and added back to, the device.