iTunes U: Teachers given new tools to build on iPad
APPLE has announced updates to iTunes U, bringing educators and students new tools to build and experience educational content on iPad.
Beginning 8 July, 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 iPad.
"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.
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.
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.
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.