With iTunes, schools join digital world

Students at five New Jersey school districts will take a leap in classroom technology this year, using Apple’s iTunes store to post and share educational material, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Lectures, student projects, orientation videos, and other media can be posted on iTunes, available free to students and parents in the five districts, or anyone else. The New Jersey districts taking part are East Orange, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Montclair, Perth Amboy, and Union City. "The idea is that there are educators and others producing digital content that really can have value for others," said Mary Ann Wolf, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, which helped Apple roll out the program, called "K-12 on iTunes U." It is modeled after iTunes U, started about two years ago for colleges and universities.
Schools are starting to embrace iPods, portable digital media players, as teaching tools. While some teachers have dabbled in podcasting–like posting snippets of news broadcasts on school web sites for students to download–K-12 on iTunes U is billed as a way to bring content to a place where it can be searched and shared.
It also gives New Jersey kids the chance to learn podcasting–the posting of media on a web server, available for downloading…

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