iTunes U by Apple (Universal)
Released: Jan 19, 2012
Version: 3.4
Size: 63 MB
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iTunes U

iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, start class discussions or talk with students one-on-one to answer questions and provide feedback.

iTunes U also allows anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to learn from the world’s largest collection of free education content—including public courses and collections from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions.

For Instructors:
• Plan lessons, grade assignments, and stay connected—right from your iPad
• Add your own teaching materials—including documents, worksheets, web links, photos, and videos from a variety of document providers
• Engage every learner using apps, books, videos, podcasts and more from iTunes, App Store, and iBooks
• Add instructions or comments to PDFs with built-in annotation tools
• See when students have viewed or completed assignments, and remind students when assignments are due
• Grade student work and track the progress of your class in the grade book 
• Use the single-student view to offer individual attention for quick check-ins or parent-teacher conferences
• Answer questions in 1:1 chats or start debates with the class using group discussions
• Keep students in the loop and prepared for class with notifications
• Institutions using Apple School Manager and Managed Apple IDs can import rosters to streamline course creation
• Teachers affiliated with qualified institutions can publish courses to the iTunes U catalog to make them available to everyone for free
For Students:
• View assignments and course updates in one place, and check off assignments as you complete them
• Submit your work from any Apple creativity app, dozens of third-party apps, or as annotated PDFs for private courses
• Ask instructors questions or have them review your work outside of class with one-on-one messages
• Start or join group discussions with the whole class
• View your grades and instructor feedback for all past assignments

Browse the world’s largest catalog of free education content:
• Choose from more than 1 million free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects from leading educational and cultural institutions around the world
• Share your favorite courses with friends using Twitter, Facebook, Mail, and Messages
• iTunes U includes materials from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, McGill University, La Trobe University, University of Tokyo, Museo Nacional del Prado, Smithsonian Libraries, National Theatre, Library of Congress, and many more 

• Participating in courses requires iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
• Shared iPad and Manage Apple IDs requires iOS 9.3 or later
• Built-in PDF annotation requires iPad (4th generation) or later, iPad mini 2 or later
• iTunes 12 or later is required to sync with a computer
• Publishing public courses to iTunes U requires teachers to be affiliated with a qualified institution
• Roster import requires Apple School Manager and Managed Apple IDs
• 3D Touch requires iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus with iOS 9.0 or later

What's new in version 3.4
• Share Swift Playground files between teachers and students
• Open iTunes U directly to recently viewed courses using 3D Touch from the home screen on iPhone
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Our verdict: Good
  • ➜ iTunes U has average ratings (2.5-star).
  • ➜ The app is free.
  • ➜ iTunes U is currently ranked #1 in free Education apps for iPhone, as well as #1 in free Education apps for iPad.
  • ➜ It is also the most popular free iPhone app, as well as the most popular free iPad app (all categories combined).
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