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Apple Announces Updates to iTunes U
|By Business Wire
|June 30, 2014 08:56 AM EDT
Apple® today announced updates to iTunes U®, bringing educators and
students great new tools to build and experience educational content on
iPad®. Beginning July 8, teachers using the free iTunes U app can
create, edit and manage entire courses directly on iPad for the first
time, and students will discover new ways to collaborate including the
ability to start class discussions and ask questions right from their
“Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly
valuable resource for teachers and students,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s
senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “iTunes U
features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around
the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss
educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on iPad.”
The new in-app updates to iTunes U give teachers full course creation
capabilities on iPad, with the ability to directly add rich content and
learning materials from iWork®, iBooks® Author or any of the over 75,000
educational apps available for iPad. Taking advantage of the built-in
camera on iPad, teachers can also capture photos and videos to
incorporate real-world subject matter into any course, making relevant
content available to all students in an instant.
“iTunes U is the most powerful destination for bringing the entire
educational experience to life on iPad,” said Fraser Speirs, head of
computing and IT at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland. “By freeing
teachers to create and organize courses right on iPad, educators can be
better focused on enabling student participation both with the content
and one another.”
Students using iPad and enrolled in private iTunes U courses will now
have everything they need to fully collaborate with their classmates and
teachers. With Discussions in the iTunes U app, students can
automatically follow classroom discussions and join conversations on new
topics, or set up push notifications for when new topics are started or
replies are added to active exchanges. Teachers can participate in
forums too, and have the ability to moderate discussions by removing any
off-topic messages or replies.
“Discussions in iTunes U puts the potential for thoughtful exploration
and collaboration into the hands of every one of our students,” said
Larry Reiff, a teacher from Roslyn High School in New York. “iPad and
iTunes U continue to provide students with the tools they need to build
knowledge and demonstrate their learning.”
iTunes U helps educators create courses including lectures, assignments,
books, quizzes and more for millions of iOS users around the world. With
over 750,000 individual learning materials available on the iTunes U
app, iTunes U is the world’s largest online catalog of free educational
content from top schools and prominent organizations. Today, thousands
of educational institutions are hosting over 7,500 public and thousands
of private courses encompassing the arts, sciences, health and medicine,
education, business and more.
Educators can create iTunes U courses in 69 countries and make their
courses and educational content accessible via the iTunes U app in 155
countries. In addition to the thousands of individual iTunes U learning
materials found on the iTunes Store®, over 500,000 apps designed
specifically for iPad are now available on the App Store℠. Additionally,
with the free iBooks Author app on the Mac App Store℠, nearly 30,000
Multi-Touch™ books have been created by independent teachers and
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with
OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital
music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has
reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store,
and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with
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