Digital educational tools gaining ground in South Korea and on the iPad

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The days of carrying around multiple books in a bag may soon be over for South Korean school children following an announcement by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology on July 4. 

According to South Korean national paper the Chosunilbo, Korean Daily News in English, the government intends to invest 2.2 trillion South Korean won by 2015 so that children can use better quality and more interactive content.  

As part of this investment the ministry announced that it intended to develop digital textbooks for, according to the Chosun Daily, all subjects and schools. According to the paper these devices, described as "tablet PCs" will be provided to low income families for free.  

While individual tablet learning devices are not yet available in schools there are a number of educational iPad applications aimed at younger children in Apple's app store.

Over the last seven days one of the most popular free iPad applications in the education category was the ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard , which allows users to draw on the iPad and record associated sounds.

Other popular free educational iPad applications included an animal sticker book and story in Korean and an English-language learning app in France; the most downloaded free iPad applications in the category Education' over the seven days prior to July 5 are listed below:

Australia - ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard  -
http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/showme-interactive-whiteboard/id445066279?mt=8

China -?? (translated as ‘chalkboard,' this a drawing app for the iPad)
http://itunes.apple.com/cn/app/id374235211?mt=8

France - Anglais Général -
http://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/anglais-general/id445339874?mt=8

Korea - ??? ???? (an interactive animal sticker book and story)
http://itunes.apple.com/kr/app/id446767234?mt=8

UK - ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard  -
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/showme-interactive-whiteboard/id445066279?mt=8    

USA - ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard  -
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/showme-interactive-whiteboard/id445066279?mt=8

Chosunilbo - http://english.chosun.com  

Ministry of Education Science and Technology - http://english.mest.go.kr/enMain.d

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