Apple expands iTunes U education app for iPads

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Apple will soon make another bid to persuade schools to replace textbooks with iPads. Next week, it will introduce a tool for instructors to teach from the tablet.

The company said that it would issue an upgrade on July 8 for iTunes U, its set of tools for educators. The update introduces a new app that allows instructors to create, edit and assign course work using the iPad. (Before, instructors had to log on to a computer and handle course materials through a web browser.)

Apple’s new iTunes U app will also introduce the ability for instructors and students to start group chat sessions. For example, if students want to discuss a homework assignment or a course topic, they can start a chat thread inside the app; the teacher can monitor their discussion and respond to questions.

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