Al Gore – Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, brought to you by Push Pop Press and designed by a company set up by former Apple employees: Kimon Tsinteris and Mike Matas. This magnificent book app is a digital version of Gore’s 2009 book about global warming and it is by far the most stunning nonfiction e-book we’ve seen to date. You can open the app to see a 3d globe spinning and tap the intro narration from Gore himself.
Why isn’t this mandated curriculum around the globe? When we asked our iPad pilot group here in our local school district if they were using this book in their sixth-grade program the response was, "It’s too high level." Yes, the curriculum is hefty, but aren’t we supposed to be raising the bar? There is a page in the chapter on wind power where you can blow into the iPad microphone and spin the wind turbine to power a house and charge up a battery, and a way-cool interactive dial for the “passive solar home”. You can change the seasons with your fingers and you get a different sun angle and shadows showing the effect on the home that little ones could not only enjoy but learn from.OK, it is high level but the graphic and movies alone are an incredible teaching tool. It won the 2011 Apple Design Award!
This app is way, way more than just a book app. It manages to combine the narrative with photography, interactive graphics, animations, infographics, interactive charts, and tables as well as more than an hour of riveting documentary footage from the past through the present. The interface allows you to seamlessly experience the app. You can select and explore anything you see in the book: zoom out to a table of contents and quickly swipe through the chapters, or delve in to explore impressive interactive graphics such as videos and graphs. Selecting a chapter leads to its title appearing, while a timeline at the bottom allows you to navigate through the pages. Touching a page will immediately pop it open. Maybe the most impressive aspect of this app is the simple and intuitive manner to reveal additional information without disturbing the overall format.
Our Choice will change the way we read books. And quite possibly change the world. In this interactive app, Al Gore surveys the causes of global warming and presents groundbreaking insights and solutions already under study and underway that can help stop the unfolding disaster of global warming. Our Choice melds the vice president's narrative with photography, interactive graphics, animations, and more than an hour of engrossing documentary footage. A new, groundbreaking multi-touch interface allows you to experience that content seamlessly. Pick up and explore anything you see in the book; zoom out to the visual table of contents and quickly browse though the chapters; reach in and explore data-rich interactive graphics.
This app is so spectacular, from start to finish. It is utterly incredible and has left us speechless. Our Choice should be the exemplar of all textbooks to come. Did you know that Al Gore is a tech geek and is on the Board of Directors of Apple?
By the way, 100% of Al Gore's earnings from Our Choice will be donated to the nonprofit Alliance for Climate Protection. There is no excuse for anyone owning an iPad not to buy this app! Actually, it would be a very responsible thing to do, considering the current condition of our world.