iBook Textbooks & iTunes U Course Manager now available in more than 50 nations
Apple announced that iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager are expanding into new markets. These include – iBook Textbooks – being, expanded to 51 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America, which include countries like India, Brazil, Italy and Japan. Along with this it has also made iTunes U Course Manager available in 70 countries which will allow educators to create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly, on the iTunes U app.
“The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customize learning unlike ever before,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We can’t wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content.”
It offers iPad users a Fullscreen textbook with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos. It has over 25,000 educational titles created by independent publishers, teachers and education services companies – it now covers 100 percent of US high school core curriculum and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) core curriculum in the UK.
iTunes U Course Manager
By using it, educators can quickly and easily share their knowledge and resources directly with their class or to a global audience on iTunes U. The app is free – it gives learners access to the online catalog of free educational content from top schools, leading universities and prominent institutions. The iTunes U Course manager also gives teachers the ability to integrate their own documents as part of course curriculum, as well as content from the Internet, books on the iBooks Store, over 750,000 materials from existing iTunes U collections, or any of the more than one million iOS apps available on the revolutionary App Store.
This expansion is not only a way for Apple to increase the ability to sell iBooks, but even a way to help put iPads into the hands of thousands of more students worldwide.