Apple sticks to spirit of Steve Jobs with latest iTunes U upgrades

“Computers don’t teach, teachers teach, and Apple’s sticking to Steve Job’s vision for education by providing world class tools to help teacher’s do just that — in this case an update to iTunes U that delivers powerful course creation tools to education,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.

“From July 8, the update means teachers using the free iTunes U app will be able to create, edit and manage entire courses directly on an iPad for the first time,” Evans writes. “Not only this, but students will be able to collaborate together, start discussions and ask questions using their iPad: it’s a way to help mobile learning become more student-centric by putting the teacher in their device and turning iPads into textbooks. ‘Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,’ said iTunes chief, Eddy Cue.”

Evans writes, “Tunes U enables the best and most committed educators to share their enthusiasm for their topic with students worldwide — and that’s a pretty good testament to the ever-curious, ever-challenging nature of former CEO, Steve Jobs.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Apple expands worldwide access to iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U educational content – January 21, 2014
Apple’s iTunes U content passes one billion downloads milestone – February 28, 2013
Apple’s iBooks Author lets Mac users build astounding texts – February 13, 2012
USA Today’s Baig: Apple scores with iPad textbooks and iBooks Author for Mac – February 2, 2012

4 Comments

  1. So are they saying that iBooks Author features will be available on the iPad in the iTunesU app?

    Our treaters had been authoring content on their MacBooks then submitting it to iTunesU, we have been eagerly awaiting the ability to author iBooks on an iPad, does this allow that?

  2. Apple has fallen far behind in the online education arena and lost the first mover advantage it once had. EdX, Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy, iVersity, HBX and others have been moving quickly and Apple has been twiddling it’s thumbs.

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