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Exploring further resources in the iTunes Store

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iTunes U is an online catalog of free education content. It has over half a million content items, courses, lectures, lab demonstrations, language lessons, movies, panel discussions. As you can see on the right in Categories you can see many different kinds of subject matter, as well as a category for teaching and learning. In the submenu, below the drop-down menu, are ways to look quickly for the kinds of students you may have. K through 12, universities and colleges, and beyond campus, which includes nonprofits and museums.

Exploring further resources in the iTunes Store

iTunes U is an online catalog of free education content. It has over half a million content items, courses, lectures, lab demonstrations, language lessons, movies, panel discussions. As you can see on the right in Categories you can see many different kinds of subject matter, as well as a category for teaching and learning. In the submenu, below the drop-down menu, are ways to look quickly for the kinds of students you may have. K through 12, universities and colleges, and beyond campus, which includes nonprofits and museums.

One of the new categories in iTunes U is Beyond Campus. Let's click on that. Beyond Campus was set-up for a number of organizations that are non-profit, for museums, and for education websites that are exploring different ways of teaching and learning. If we go to K right now, we can click on the Khan Academy. This is a wonderful resource. We can put this on the iPad, not have to go through the browser, and our students can access all of these incredible topics. Although Podcast is not specifically for education, again if you click on the drop-down menu for Categories, we'll see there are all kinds of subject matter.

And there is a special category just for education. What's wonderful about these podcasts is that a number of educators using their own time and their own passion have created these podcasts. And regularly produce content that we can use in the classroom. Then, the bookstore, the Books, is a great area to go to. If we look at the categories, you see there are all kinds of things that we can read and look at, it becomes our own personal bookstore.

But if we look in the sub categories, there are free books. And if we have to return back to the books page we can also see if there are textbooks. And finally if we return one more time to the books homepage we can click on iBooks Author. Many teachers right now are experimenting using iBooks Author to create their own books. I've seen teachers use it to create storytelling projects within their classrooms. I've seen teachers use iBooks Author to create storytelling projects with their students.

I've seen teachers use it to create their own textbooks. There's all kinds of things that are going on with iBooks Author. It's a quick, fun and really responsive and interactive way to create books online for your students. Movies and tv shows are another place to get content. Teachers teaching history classes, social media classes, American studies. I am seeing teachers every day using movies as a way to teach their students about culture, about events, about history.

And in television shows there are a number of shows put on by public broadcasting and public access that are available. Music, I"m sure everybody's aware of. That's how we all started loving Apple, with our iPods. But music is a great way to teach. It's a great way to share global experiences, and it's a way we can find music that we want to put in our slideshows and our presentations. So now I'm ready to go to the App Store. I just want to make sure you really understand the full power of iTunes. Again, the easiest way to see what's going on in the iPad apps store, is to go to the Category section.

When a developer creates an app, they have to indicate what category it will fit in. So every app in the app store has a category related to it. Let's select the categories and check out education. If we look at these apps right in front of us, we see that each one of these has been designated an education app. If we scroll down the page, there are numerous ways to look at these. By what's popular, by ideas. By what age the students are. And there are also another category, Top Three Apps. I highly recommend that you go there.

But beyond the education category I suggest that you should look at other categories. For instance I'm a design teacher. For me, I went instantly to the subcategory Photo and Video. Here I was able to find a number of tools that I thought matched what was being used out in professional settings. It's important for me as a college teacher to make sure that the skills that I'm teaching my students are ones that can take them forward in their learning and in their professional lives. One of my favorite areas to go to is Books, and it may not seem obvious but if you scroll down you'll find the Audiobooks category. In Audiobooks you have a chance to download books that are read to you by famous people, by famous actors and to have all kinds of experiences. I know that my students commute from home, and this is a great way for them to be listening to things.

There is Nonfiction, there is Fiction. There are older works, there are newer works. And again, there are categories that you can choose that will fit whatever you are teaching. This is a very important category, students love this. In my experience, in college, students find listening to audiobooks a way to take a break. And to quiet themselves down and to listen carefully. So as you can see, there are many more things in the iTunes applications than just the app store.

Be sure to check out all of the available resources for educators, and to enjoy the fact that there are many things that are free. And that you can pick out all kind of media for all kinds of learning styles. For me the iTunes is one of the greatest resources, it's another library for me in the 21st century

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