Apple has announced that the sought after iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager will be expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere around the world.
iBooks Textbooks is expanding into 51 countries now including India, Brazil, Italy and Japan. iTunes U Course Manager, available in 70 countries now including Russia, Thailand and Malaysia, allows educators to create and distribute courses for their own classrooms, or share them publicly, on the iTunes U app.
On iPad, textbooks invite Multi‑Touch interaction — flick through photo galleries, rotate 3D objects, tap to pop up sidebars, or play video and audio.
iBooks Textbooks offer iPad users fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos. iBooks Textbooks can be updated as events unfold. Apple says nearly 25,000 educational titles are available as iBooks Textbooks, including content from publishers like Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Hodder Education.
Currently the iBooks Textbooks are very popular in the US and UK among students as it covers almost the entire US high school core curriculum and UK’s General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) syllabus. It enables students to cover the entire expanse of their studies with gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, rotating 3D diagrams, flick-through photo galleries and tap-to-play videos.
“The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customise learning unlike ever before,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We can’t wait to see how teachers in even more countries will create their new lesson plans with interactive textbooks, apps and rich digital content.”
“Oxford University Press is using iBooks Author for Headway, Oxford’s all-time best-selling English language series, to create engaging iBooks Textbooks for iPad,” said Peter Marshall, Managing Director, ELT Division at Oxford University Press. “In releasing 13 new iBooks Textbooks, including ‘Headway Pre-Intermediate,’ the best-selling level in the series, we are enriching the language learning experience for students around the world.”
iTunes U Course Manager allows educators to share their knowledge and resources directly with the class or to a global audience on iTunes U. Additionally it also gives teachers the ability to integrate their own documents as part of course curriculum, as well as content from the Internet, iBooks, iTunes U collections, or iOS apps.
Apple’s website offers more details on iBooks textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager.