Apple launched iTunes U at the end of May. It’s a dedicated area inside the iTunes store. About 16 colleges and universities are currently publishing content in the U. According to an article in THE Journal
On the K-12 side of things, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Arizona State University (ASU) are providing a small amount of content for teachers and kids. NJIT is providing audio versions of public domain books, and ASU is providing a series called “Ask the Biologist,” tackling science issues for young learners. Apple would not comment on plans for expanded K-12 content in the future.
Prior to this initiative, I was already a fan of UC Berkeley’s Physics for Future Presidents lectures available in iTunes. I love the idea of listening in on college courses. And now, with this dedicated area in iTunes, I can find more for myself and possibly use this with students.
Actually, NJIT is not doing public domain books. That’s a mistake from THE Journal.
I’m a big K-20 advocate, so I see no reason why K-12 (or at least 9-12) teachers wouldn’t find the “college” material in iTunes U useful for their students. You could use many of the presentations in our Tech & Society Forum series, for example, in whole or part to talk about topics like global warming, the role of science, robotics,. Just to hear someone like Freeman Dyson talk about his vision would be great.
Geez, I should do a blog post on this myself!
Thanks for the correction, Ken.
I’ve been very impressed by the quality of NJIT’s presentations. Thanks for your advocacy in this area!
You’re exactly right about “just to hear someone like Freeman Dyson talk” — these lectures are an opportunity for high school students to hear great thinkers of our time. If iTunes U had been available in the 30’s, can you imagine the impact of hearing Einstein speak?
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