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iTunes U gets an overhaul, allows students to interact with the whole curriculum on the iPad

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iTunes U gets an overhaul, allows students to interact with the whole curriculum on the iPad
At its NYC event today, Apple announced an overhaul to iTunes U, its educational application. Created in 2007 with the aim to provide teachers and students with related content, it saw over 700 million downloads to date.

iTunes U gets an overhaul, allows students to interact with the whole curriculum on the iPad
With the announcement of the new interactive textbooks in iBooks 2, and the tools for creating them, Apple wants to leverage iTunes U on the iPad as well. There will be a dedicated app, and complete courses from renowned universities and professors. Teachers can post assignments to all students, which will appear as notifications, and after you complete a certain chapter, which will be available digitally, of course, the assignment can be checked finished.

Syllabi sharing will also be available, for those who want to exchange best practices, or simply piggyback on efforts of others to create a contemporary study course on a given subject to learn from the comfort of their iPad.

iTunes U gets an overhaul, allows students to interact with the whole curriculum on the iPad
Overall, you get interactive courses with hyperlinked reading material, images, video and other multimedia, which you can share and interact over with other students and the professor, complete collaborative assignments, and the app will mark your progress. This new iTunes U experience is integrated with iBooks 2 as well, since that's where the interactive textbooks are.

Some major universities already have curriculum uploaded there, more are on the way, and K-12 students will now also have access to the dynamic course materials.

The iTunes U app is free and is available today at 123 countries, and the only requirement for its new full potential is to get an iPad, of course.

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posted on 19 Jan 2012, 10:48 3

1. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


"Apple overhauls applications to devise ways to overcharge for pre-existing media"

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 17:22

10. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


By "pre-existing media", do you mean the current digital textbooks which suck, or the paper text books which are significantly more expensive than these new digital textbooks?

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 10:50 5

2. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


And Android Trolls continue to whine about features they don't have.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 15:01 1

6. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The truth hurts bitch

ebooks were hiked by apple. now its the new standard. do you think they're being philanthropic with their 60% iphone gross margins? furthermore, what makes you think i dont own apple products and am simultaneously disgusted? you're so stupid, i laugh with pity for your very existence

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 17:23 1

11. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Please, point out the "hike" you speak of. Oh wait, there isn't one.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 15:44 1

15. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Apple is under investigation for price fixing for ebooks by the US Justice Department

oh wait, you're an uninformed barista

http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2619048/us-justice-department-also-investigating-apple-and-others-for-ebook

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 19:01

18. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


That's still not a price hike.

Oh wait, you can't read.

posted on 22 Jan 2012, 11:44

21. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


in this comment we debate the definition of hike vs increase

theyre synonymous

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 21:01 1

13. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


> ebooks were hiked by apple.

Apple doesn't set the price of the ebooks. Those prices are set by the publishers themselves. Apple is just an agent (i.e. the agency model) providing the transation/platform medium for said market, respectively.

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 15:46 1

16. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Oh right, lets give apple a pass because you like giving up money for an arbitrary 50% price hike based on corporate greed that becomes untaxed profit. who cares?

good call

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 16:20 1

17. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


additionally, it is collusion and i hope the justice department applies the Rico statute against everyone involved

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 19:04

19. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Actually, RICO doesn't apply to price fixing. At all.

Oh wait, you still can't read. Everything you learned about law you learned from The Dark Knight.

posted on 22 Jan 2012, 11:42

20. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


you're right, its not RICO. its antitrust

noticed that you didnt dispute the price fixing or the validity of collusion. ho hum petty insults dont make up for the fact that you make minimum wage

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 11:37 6

3. Mass88 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Why is anyone who speaks against Apple automatically branded an Android troll?

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 17:14

9. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Because there's a difference between criticism and prejudiced fanboy bashing. Among phonearena's comments, there's a lot of the latter and not so much of the former.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 21:02

14. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


> Why is anyone who speaks against Apple automatically branded an Android troll?

Only applies to those handles that are proud of their android union card-carrying status and trolls for fun.

Trust me, it's not hard to ID the hard-core android trolls on this site.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 12:38 3

4. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


@mass88- its funny cos most iphone users complain about certain missing functionalities in IOS n pple think they are android trolls.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 14:38 1

5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6118; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Whats the point in all this when not ALL schools dont have MAC'S or Ipads. Sounds dumb if you ask me

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 18:36

12. quakan (Posts: 1138; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Maybe some schools will look into it getting some and I think thats what Apple's hoping for.

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 15:21 1

7. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


And now google will copy this move by Apple, and fandroids will say that this is the most logical next step, right? Lol

posted on 19 Jan 2012, 16:05 1

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


if you say so will enjoy the copied version while your loose your sleep thinking how sinful Google. :) haters will hate

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