Good news for any teachers producing their own lessons in iTunes U – Apple have now added new tools that make it possible to create courses directly on iPad, without the need for a Mac.
You’ll now be able to add learning materials from a wide range of sources including iWork, iBooks Author or any other of the 75,000 educational apps for iPad, as well as photos and videos, and package them into a tailored lesson. Another addition is the new Discussions feature – this lets pupils hold debates and join in conversations (while teachers can keep an eye on discussions and remove any off-topic messages too).
Many schools are now replacing teachers’ laptops with iPad, so the ability to create iTunes U courses on iPad rather than requiring a computer is really useful. And with feedback and discussion being huge topics in education at the moment, adding the forum ability to iTunes U should get a lot of schools interested.
Fraser Speirs, head of computing and IT at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland, has been a champion of iPad in education from the off, and thinks iTunes U is the most powerful tool for bringing education to life on iPad. “By freeing teachers to create and organise courses right on iPad, educators can be better focused on enabling student participation both with the content and one another,” he said.
– iTunes U will be available to download for iPad from 8th July. Read more about why we love iTunes U here.