iTunes U, the second app, allows educators and students to share entire courses, including all the materials. Video or audio lectures and ebooks would allow anyone to take any class available from anywhere in the world.
Finally, a new textbook store, iBooks 2, would sell ebook versions of high school and college textbooks. CNN reported that, â€œApple said it is partnering with several major textbook companies — including Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who will make e-books for the storeâ€¦â€ These textbooks have advantages in their ability to be more interactive, advertizing simulated dissections and responsive diagrams, as well as note taking abilities.
While there is much to be excited about, in regards to the more interactive text books or even lower prices of the ebook version, the question of general affordability of the necessary apple products, or the feasibility of a classroom full of ipads are concerns that need to be raised. Appleâ€™s intention, however, to recreate how courses are taught, is an interesting direction in educational innovation.