Apple announced new functionalities coming to its free education app iTunes U, promising "great new tools to build and experience educational content" for iPad users.
The update will be available from July 8 and teachers will be able to directly create, edit and manage entire courses directly on their iPads. They can also choose to add existing content and learning materials from other iPad apps, such as iWork and iBooks Author, or by taking a photo or video from the built-in camera on the Apple tablet, if there is a need to share real world examples instantly.
On the student side of things, they can expect to benefit from new ways to learn, such as start class discussions and ask questions within the app, instead of having to open another app such as an email client. Students can opt to receive push notifications for new topics or replies to their active threads, while teachers can step in to moderate irrelevant messages or reply and guide the students along in the discussion.
The free iTunes U app is a universal app for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Currently, iTunes U courses can be created in 69 countries and accessible in 155 countries.