January 21, 2014
Apple has announced iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager are expanding into new markets, including those in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and elsewhere. This expands the number of countries with iBooks Textbooks to 51, while those with Apple’s iTunes U Course Manager has risen to 70. The company’s iBooks Textbooks program is now available in Brazil, Italy, and Japan. The iTunes U Course Manager program has expanded to include Russia, Thailand, and Malaysia. According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services:
The incredible content and tools available for iPad provide teachers with new ways to customize learning unlike ever before. 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.Cupertino’s iBooks Textbooks program offers iPad users fullscreen educational books with interactive animations, rotating 3-D diagrams, and more. To date, it includes nearly 25,000 titles created by independent publishers, teachers, and leading education services companies. In the U.S., the program now covers 100 percent of high school core curriculum and the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) core curriculum in the U.K. With iTunes U Course Manager educators can share their knowledge and resources directly with their class or to a global audience via the free iTunes U app. The program also gives teachers the ability to integrate their own documents as part of course curriculum.