New Apple iTunes U enables educators to create courses on iPad

Apple has updated iTunes U app, which helps educators create, edit and manage entire course directly 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.

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.

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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 publishers worldwide.

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.

“Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is a valuable resource for teachers and students. The app features 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,” said Eddy Cue, senior vice president, Apple.

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