Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Apple in Education with its latest iTunes U-Learn anywhere anything anytime

 Hey friends, now have a cool experience through studying on your iphone, ipad and ipod touch about different subjects of various universities of the world.
Apple released its iTunes U education section application for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This allows users higher education institutions to make audio and video tutorials available for download and subscribe to free or buy.
This latest iTunes U application will allow the teachers and faculties to create and manage the courses including essential components such as lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and syllabuses and can offer them to millions of iOS users around the world. This iTunes U application allows iOS users to access the world’s largest catalog of free educational content from top universities including Cambridge, Duke, Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, and starting today any K-12 school district can offer full courses through the iTunes U app. 

  1.     An entire course in one app

The free iTunes U app gives students access to all the materials for your course in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when anyone send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information.

  2.     Everything works together.

The iTunes U app integrates with iBooks, iCloud, and other apps to make it easy for students to keep up with the courses. For example, new iBooks textbooks2 and other books for the course are available right from the app, where students can tap them to start reading the assigned chapter. Notes taken in iBooks are consolidated for easy reviewing in the iTunes U app. If an assignment includes watching part of a video, one tap goes straight to a specific spot in the video. And iTunes U keeps documents, notes, highlights, and bookmarks up to date across multiple devices. 

3.     Building a course is easy.

To create a course, simply gather all the materials you need and follow the easy step-by-step instructions in the iTunes U Course Manager — a web-based tool accessible from a browser. Courses can include a syllabus, handouts, quizzes, and other items. All of the course materials that you upload will be hosted by Apple and available to anyone taking your course. You can pull content and links from the Internet, iBookstore, App Store, and iTunes Store. Or you can gather material from among the 500,000-plus resources at iTunes U, including audio and video content from museums, universities, cultural institutions, and more. Once the course is ready, it’s a snap to distribute it to anyone who’s interested in the topic — whether in your class or anywhere in the world.

4.     Share your content with anyone. Anywhere in the world.

When you create and distribute a course on iTunes U, you’ll join a large and growing community of schools and institutions that are sharing their content with students and lifelong learners all over the world. iTunes U includes Stanford, Yale, Oxford, and UC Berkeley, along with other distinguished institutions such as MoMA, New York Public Library, and more. Students can use iTunes on their computer or the iTunes U app on their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to browse and download over 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects.

 iTunes U has now become an incredibly popular learning tool for students with over 700 million downloads.

Features of this brand new iTunes U application
  •   Free courses in a wide array of subjects
  •  Take free courses created and taught by instructors from leading universities and other schools
  •    See all assignments and updates from the instructor in one place, and check off assignments as you        complete them.
  •  Take notes and highlight text in iBooks and see them consolidated for easy reviewing in the iTunes U app

  • Access course materials, including audio, video, books, documents & presentations, apps, and new iBooks textbooks for iPad
  •  The world’s largest catalog of free education content
  •  Choose from more than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects from Algebra to Zoology
  •  Browse collections from education and cultural institutions in 26 countries — including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, UC Berkeley, MoMA, the New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress.

You can download free iTunes U Application from App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

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