Itunes U

iTunes U's update now live in the App Store, go jump start your summer learning!

Announced late last month, Apple's newly revamped iTunes U 2.0 app for iOS is now live in the App Store and ready to download. The update brings a slew of new features for both educators and learners.

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Apple announces iTunes U update that adds course creation, more

Apple has announced some updates coming to its iTunes U app, adding course creation and management features and more. Teachers will be able to create and edit course built for iTunes U directly on the iPad, adding materials from iWork, iBooks Author, and several education apps for iPad. Students are also getting new tools to facilitate class discussions.

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Apple expands electronic educational revolution to more countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe

iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager, Apple's attempts to revolutionize education and bring curriculum fully into the digital age, are expanding into even more countries in Asia, Latin America, Europe. Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Apple:

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At last, iBooks and iTunes U apps gets iOS 7 look

iOS 7's release introduced a new visual interface for the operating system, and Apple updated most of its own apps to take advantage. Two notable standouts were iBooks. That was remedied today when Apple posted iBooks 3.2 and iTunes U 1.4 to the App Store.

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Apple announces 1 billion iTunes U downloads

Apple announced today that iTunes U, their podcast-like service that provides for educational content from universities, museums, libraries, and like-minded organizations on iTunes, has topped one billion downloads. According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services:

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Now anyone can create an iTunes U course to be viewed on student iPads

Alongside the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple also updated iTunes U to allow teachers (and virtually anyone) to create courses for the iPad. More specifically, the courses that are created can be shared and viewed in the iTunes U iPad app.

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Best free educational apps for iPhone

Looking for great educational app for your iPhone or iPod touch? The App Store is home to over half a million apps and games, and a surprising number of them are available for free. Some of the most beneficial free apps are free educational apps.

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Stock Talk: Why Apple's textbook announcement matters

"If Apple relies on the existing $500 iPad to hit the education market, I think they may just accelerate the ownership of their products to students who were already going to own them … kids in well-to-do families."

Yesterday Apple made one of those cool little announcements that probably won’t affect too many of us in the short term. But I think their initiative with iBooks 2 and iBooks Author offers significant long term benefits to the company and its shareholders.

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Teacher and educator reactions to Apple's iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and iTunes U

At Apple's education event they announced two initiatives: iBooks 2 and iBooks Author designed to bring textbooks into the digital age, and an all new iTunes U to create and share lesson plans, and follow and complete course work. As education initiatives from publicly traded companies go, they're big and bold -- but they're also just the beginning. There will be struggles and successes, breakthroughs and missteps. And while many of us here at iMore and Mobile Nations could speak about the implications from purely technical and business standpoints, we're lucky to have several teachers and educators, past and present, on staff. They were kind enough to share their thoughts on Apple's new initiatives, specifically and importantly where they impact most -- our kids in the classroom.

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Hands on with iTunes U for iPad

One of the big announcements at Apple's Education event was iTunes U for the iPhone and iPad. I've done some poking around the iPad version and have been very impressed.

The Catalogue is laid out exactly like the App Store and iBookstore, so everyone is already familiar with how to browse it and subscribe to courses. The iTunes U library is where you'll find all the courses you are subscribed to and it looks similar to the bookshelf in iBooks.

Inside a course, you'll find all the info an instructor chooses to share about the class, including catalogue information and the course outline, structure, and syllabus. Instructors can also make posts to the course with more information about lectures as well as documents and videos. Additionally, students can take notes in a designated area of the course page and quickly access all course materials.

As a college instructor, I look forward to using iTunes U as a way to supplement content and materials for my classes.

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