A iTunes U is a
collection of more than 500,000 free lectures, books and
educational videos that allow students to learn from anywhere at
anytime. Offerings range from simple podcasts to multi-faceted
courses accessible through downloads using a free iTunes
Originally, content on iTunes U was designed for adult or
college students. Today, however, more than 1,200 colleges and
universities and 1,200 K-12 schools and districts host public and
private courses. This year iTunes U downloads topped one billion,
making it the largest catalog of free educational content
A quick look at the most popular downloads on iTunes U
will reveal courses from Harvard, Yale, Stanford and MIT. Look a
little closer and you can find something for every student in your
Content is organized in several ways. Three main
categories include: Universities & Colleges, Beyond Campus and
K-12. Even if your own school doesn't provide any K-12 resources,
you can browse other schools across the country or discover content
provided from state Departments of Education.
Many museums and organizations offer their own educational
videos and lectures. The Beyond Campus section features content
from the Library of Congress, for starters.
Avoid discounting college-level content that may be of
interest to middle and high school students. The Harvard Thinks Big
series, for instance, offers an opportunity to watch 10-12 minutes
lectures from Harvard professors.
The National Geographic Explorers Symposium offers stories
from explorers and scientists in the field. University of Florida
has created a Lit2Go collection with content including American
History: Speeches and Essays.
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