iTunes U, Apple’s giant repository of educational material from university around the globe, is getting a big upgrade today that will make it easier than ever for teachers to incorporate apps with their course materials.
“With this latest version of Apple’s educational software, students will be able to turn in homework from their tablets; these documents will carry a timestamp recording when the student submits term papers, book reports and other work,” reports Dawn Chmielewski. “An integrated grade book will alert teachers when a student’s work is complete and ready for review, or if it’s time to send a reminder.”
The report also notes that new discussion features will be added, as well as the ability for teachers to import popular educational apps into the course material, including third-party apps like Stop Motion Studio or Explain Everything.
Apple has made a major push in the education market with the launch of the iPad. There are now over 15 million iPads in schools and over 100,000 educational apps in the App Store. The iTunes U update will be available for free on the App Store later today.