Apple is expanding the reach of its iTunes U academic content program with the addition of four primary and secondary schools to its stable of Australian member universities.
iTunes U was created several years ago as an adjunct to Apple’s iTunes Music Store, and now occupies pride of place as a repository of a broad range of free educational video and audio lectures. The service offers more than 200,000 files for download, covering a broad range of topics and styles from more than 150 institutions – including eight Australian universities. RMIT University and La Trobe University were the most recent to join, adding their content in August and September, respectively.
The newest additions to iTunes U, referred to by Apple as K-12 on iTunes U, mark the first time primary and secondary schools have been involved in the effort. Marking the launch today are the Western Australia Department of Education and Training, Catholic Education Network, Presbyterian Ladies’ College of WA, and Scotch College WA.
Catholic Education Network includes Catholic schools from across the country, while the WA DET presence provides an anchor for the sharing of content from the hundreds of state schools across WA. Together, the organisations represent well over 1000
Student and teacher-generated content initially available from the new organisations includes claymation work from South Australia’s Holy Family Catholic School, learning with technology lessons from PLC and Scotch College, and lessons on topics such as genetics and breastfeeding from Orange Grove Primary School.
iTunes U content is available free to anybody using iTunes. Click here [http://www.apple.com/au/education/mobile-learning/] for more information.