Apple is again creating history, with its never ending innovations and applications, with yet another ground breaking revelation of a whole new world of books and education content for all those who want to learn new things and stuff. Yes Apple has now announced their new iTunes U, which will be the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content.
Now this is completely different from innovation, which is more like a social responsibility taken up by the technology giant itself, to provide free access to education to one and all. The book store will now comprise of a wide range of topics, from molecular biology at a university, taking Spanish in high school, or just a hobby reading of the European history, you will now have a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere.
The iTunes U app gives students access to all the materials, assignments, video or audio lectures, etc., at one single place, where you can read books, view presentations and also check out the list of assignments for the course that are yet to be completed. And whenever you send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information or update regarding the assignment.
The store will comprise of over 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. Hundreds of universities, colleges, and K-12 school districts distribute content through iTunes U, including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley, along with other distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, and Public Radio International.
The iTunes U app comes with an optimized integration with iBooks, iCloud, and other apps to make it easy for students to keep up with your course. For example, new iBooks Textbooks 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.
Along with this you can also create a course, by simply gathering all the materials you need and follow the easy step-by-step instructions in the iTunes U Course Manager, which is a web-based tool accessible from a browser. The courses can include a syllabus, handouts, quizzes, and other items, which Apple hosts after being uploaded, and will be made available to anyone taking your course.
The Apple iTunes U app is now available for free download from iTunes store, which is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (for iOS 5.0 or later).