iTunes U by Apple (Universal)
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Released: Jan 19, 2012
Version: 3.3
Size: 40 MB
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iTunes U

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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, discuss one-on-one or in groups, and annotate PDF assignments.

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—all right from your iPad
• Add your own teaching materials—including documents, worksheets, web links, photos, and videos
• 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 their assignments, completed their work, or remind them when they are due
• Use the integrated grade book to enter grades as you go and track the progress of your entire class at a glance
• Use the single-student view to offer private and individual attention for quick check-ins or parent-teacher conferences
• Answer individual questions in one-on-one chats or start debates with the entire class using group discussions
• Keep students in the loop and prepared for class with notifications
• Teachers affiliated with qualified institutions can publish courses to the iTunes U catalog to make them available to everyone for free
• Institutions using Apple School Manager with Managed Apple IDs can now import rosters to streamline course creation 

For Students:
• See your assignments and instructor 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 time with one-on-one discussions
• Start or join group discussions with the whole class
• See your graded results 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 Algebra to Zoology from 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 
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Requirements:
• Participating in courses requires iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8.3 or later
• Creating courses requires iPad with iOS 8.3 or later
• Shared iPad and Manage Apple IDs requires iOS 9.3 or later
• Built-in PDF annotation requires iPad (3rd generation) or later, iPad mini 2 or later
• An Apple ID set up for use on the iTunes Store
• 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 Managed Apple IDs

What's new in version 3.3
• Import Managed Class Rosters from Apple School Manager
• Guide students to specific iTunes U Courses from the Classroom app 
• Add materials from various document providers (iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
• Use Explain Everything and Notability project files as course materials or hand-ins from students
• Minor performance and stability improvements
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Our verdict: Good
  • ➜ iTunes U is a good, 3.5-star app.
  • ➜ 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 11th most popular free iPhone app, as well as the 5th most popular free iPad app (all categories combined).
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