Thursday, January 26, 2012

Apple's iTunes U Goes Mobile with iPad and iPhone App

Has you used the iTunes U App on iPad and iPhone yet? It was announced by Apple when they announced the iBooks' Textbooks and the iBooks Author tool.

It is pretty cool! I am attending a Stanford University "iOS Development" class right from the comfort of my home - AND for FREE! Monday is my new "class" day for this course.

I have the lectures (Videos), the slides (PDF), and homework assignments (PDF) available for downloading and viewing.

I have them loaded in my iTunes on the iMac. I can watch it on the iMac, but then my screen real estate gets used up.

WIth the Apple TV, I send the video from the iMac (did you know there is an Apple TV button in iTunes - on the Mac at least) to the 50" HDTV. This allows me to view the slides and\or assignments on the iMac. Additionally I can follow along with the instructor in Xcode and build the code as I watch.

I have all the same material on my iPad and iPhone, so I can review the material anywhere. Now I am wish I had gotten a MacBook Pro instead of the iMac. Either way this is very nice.

I have recommended the iTunes U for as long as it has been available on iTunes, but with the new course material added and the mobility of the content to the iOS devices makes this a no-brainer for anyone interested in learning a new subject.

Here are some shots of the iTunes U on an iPhone 4s:

Here is the app icon
iTunes U - App Icon

The Library Screen
iTunes U - Library

Here is all of the content in my iTunes U app
iTunes U - Lesson Plan

Here is the iOS Development Lesson Example from Stanford University
iTunes U - Course Overview

Here is the iOS Development Slide Example from Stanford University
iTunes U - Lesson Slide

Here is the iOS Development Video Example from Stanford University
iTunes U - Lesson Video

Here is the iOS Development Video Output Example from Stanford University
iTunes U - Apple TV Choice

Here is the iOS Development Course Material Example from Stanford University
iTunes U - Lesson Material

Here is the iOS Development Assignment Example from Stanford University
iTunes U - Lesson Assignment

The App is FREE and so is the Material from Standford.

If you haven't checked out the iTunes U app in the AppStore, you should.

  • iTunes Links: iTunes U for iPad
  • iTunes Links: iTunes U for iPhone


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