Sunday, March 8, 2009

iTunes University

There is a multitude of student and teacher resources that can be found through iTunes. If you go to iTunes U, you will see what I mean. One of the most helpful things available for students, especially at the college level, would be the different links listed according to subject. This list of subjects can help students to narrow down their resources and saves them the often daunting task of searching for information on the internet. For instance, if you click on the "literature" link, you will find at the top of the page materials that are new and notable. Some of these media are podcasts, including lecture readings, surveys and interviews. Other resources involve the top downloads, so students can view the most used media circulating iTunes for that day. This helps to narrow it down even further, as there is so much information available.

As for teacher resources, iTunes has the "teaching and education" link available. This useful link includes project learning, technology advancement, and career development help. It has tips for integrating studies and lesson plans as well. It even has podcasts relating to social and emotional learning for teachers to help students build character and become more responsible. Many of the podcasts have movies and instructional videos included for visual aid. The biggest plus: almost everything on iTunes is free. All you have to do is go to and download iTunes to your computer. You save the program to your desktop and it's there whenever you need it! I know I will be using iTunes quite a bit as a student now and as a teacher later.

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