They Said It: iTunes U Could be Good for You
T&L’s advisor Bob Sprankle is all in when it comes to Itunes U
Apple’s recent “trifold”
announcement was exciting:
textbooks coming to iBooks;
iBooks Author software to
create your own books; and a
dedicated iTunes U app, which “bundles”
courses in a manageable, multimedia
package. If you haven’t watched the
Apple Keynote, I highly recommend it,
but I want to guide you to my favorite
part. It comes in around the 56:25
time on the video where Eddy Cue
announces that K12 Institutions can now
sign up to deliver content in iTunes U.
This is phenomenal news, and I believe,
will have the potential to transform
education more than the textbook
Without a doubt, many teachers will
create textbooks for the iBook store and
will give them away for free—a task that
is surely made easier with iBooks Author,
but still requires writing a book. However,
creating iTunes U modules will be even
easier, as teachers will simply have to
collect the materials they use for their
courses and publish them out to the rest
of the world (for free). Hopefully, K12
teachers will start recording/videotaping
their courses/lectures/lessons and publish
them through their districts’ iTunes U
portal. With this opportunity, the prestige
that universities have tapped into by
being able to publish their coursework
on iTunes U will be promised to K12
institutions. Districts should use iTunes
U not only to help support the larger
learning community, but also to showcase
their teachers’ and students’ work.
I will be talking about this exciting
development with administrators in my
district as soon as possible. There will
definitely be many things to consider
before publishing to iTunes U:
• What makes material ready for iTunes U?
• Should there be a review process?
• What parent permission will the
district need to publish?
• How will courses be managed/
• Who owns the material?
I could see districts offering iTunes U
publication to teachers as a way to
demonstrate Professional Development.
Districts may even offer stipends to
encourage teachers to publish.
No matter what, I hope the process is
easy and teachers are excited to adopt
this new venue. We will all benefit as this
shared library of K12 content and course