Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) recently announced the expansion of iBooks textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager to other countries. This expansion includes Asia, Latin America, and Europe for a total of seventy countries.
Apple’s iBooks branches out
Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue added, “The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customize learning unlike ever before. 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.”
iBooks Textbooks was initially launched in the earlier part of 2012. It was a vision of the late CEO Steve Jobs.
What makes these ebooks so different is the interactive features, tap-to-play videos, photo galleries, and other forms of rich content. It takes learning to a whole new level.
iTunes enhances education experience
At press time, there are almost 25,000 educational titles written by teaches and independent publishers. There is new content available from Hodder Education, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press.
Peter Marshall, managing director for ELT division of Oxford University Press added, “Oxford University Press is using iBooks Author for Headway, Oxford’s all-time best-selling English language series, to create engaging iBooks Textbooks for iPad. In releasing 13 new iBooks Textbooks, including ‘Headway Pre-Intermediate,’ the best-selling level in the series, we are enriching the language learning experience for students around the world.”
Apple’s iTunes U Course Manager makes it easy for educators to share knowledge with their class or a global audience. The free iOS application gives users access to the largest online catalog of free educational content in the world. The course manager also lets teachers add their own documents with the curriculum as well as internet content, digital books from the iTunes store, content from the iTunes U library, and apps from the iTunes store.