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iTunes U Updated to Version 3

iTunes U

Apple’s iTunes U app provides what an instructor or teacher needs to help students work together on the iPad, including building lessons with apps and materials. Teachers can grade student’s assignments, mark up PDF assignments and discuss matters.

iTunes U screenshot

The updates include:

• Students can hand in their homework assignments
• Annotate PDF assignments directly in iTunes U
• Instructors can grade and track student progress with an integrated grade book
• Private one-on-one conversations between students and instructors
• Include multiple attachments per assignment

This app is for students, instructors and allows you to view free education content.

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L.A. School Board To Increase iPad Distribution

According to the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. school board has voted to distribute iPads to 38 more campuses. This is part of a $1-billion effort to provide a computer to every student, teacher and administrator in the nation’s second-largest school system.

The iPads will be shared by different classes during a six week test period.

According to the LA Times:

  • Board member Monica Garcia said moving quickly was an educational imperative.
  • “The whole point of this program is to revolutionize instruction,” Garcia said. Low-income students don’t get access “to what is a part of all our worlds today…. I don’t understand how cutting back what’s good is good for kids.”
  • The proposal, approved unanimously, expands the iPad effort, which began in the fall at 47 schools.
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iPads for San Diego Unified District

Credit Apple Inc.

San Diego Unified School District is going to be outfitting 340 classrooms before the end of next year with iPads.

The district plans to purchase about 25,700 iPad 2s for 5th through 8th grade classes as well as some high-school students. The school district began to distribute iPads last week. The process is part of a phased roll out.

Teachers will be undergoing training on how to use the devices and provided tips about educational apps.

According to the U-T San Diego “A factor in favor of the iPads are the fact they are “instant on,” meaning there is no delay or wasted time as they boot up. They also have a larger screen than netbooks, which make them a better option to replace traditional textbooks. Also, they have an extended battery life and can utilize a large collection of educational apps that are available.”

You can read more about this school program here.

You can read more about iPads and education from Apple. If you are a teacher or administrator, you can read more about iPads and education here.

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Khan Academy iPad App – Educate and Learn

Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. The company has been featured on NPR and at Fast Company. They have over 3,000 videos covering various academic topics including: math, physics, finance, history and more. Its not just for adults.  The company just released an iPad app to view Khan Academy’s complete library videos. The topics include K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.

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According to the company, you can “spend an afternoon brushing up on Statistics. Discover how the Krebs cycle works. Learn about the fundamentals of Computer Science. Prepare for that upcoming SAT. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, learn how fire stick farming changed the landscape of Australia.”

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The iPad app features:

– Downloadable videos: take individual videos or entire playlists to watch offline at your own pace
– Subtitles: follow along, skip ahead, or go back by navigating through subtitles
– Track your progress: Log in with your Khan Academy user account to get credit for watching videos, and see your achievements
– Exercises coming soon!

The app and resources are free. Download the app and start (continue) to lean more.

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iTunes Charts and iTunes U


Feeling like a lemming. Want to download what others think are good apps? Just want to peruse the app store to see what is selling well?

Apple has a site for you to visit. iTunes Charts lets you browse the top apps (paid or free), TV shows, albums, songs, etc. are at the moment.

If you are feeling more intellectual, you can’t go wrong with iTunes U. How else could you sit in on a class at MIT, Harvard, Cambridge, and Stanford the same day?