McAllen ISD Launches iTunes U Site to Post Curriculum
As part of its continuing effort to provide students with the best resources on widespread platforms, McAllen ISD has taken another great leap forward.
It’s another bold step in the McAllen ISD framework known as TLC3. McAllen ISD, a public school district, is now joining the ranks of first-rate universities and colleges by making content available via iTunes U.
This district made the announcement at a morning news conference, Monday.
McAllen ISD is now the first public school district in the Rio Grande Valley, and one of just a handful out of thousands of Kindergarten-12th grade entities in the nation to be granted presence on iTunes U.
iTunes U provides an electronic means to educational institutions across the country to post curriculum content. Dr. Ponce discussed this with Apple, Inc. during McAllen ISD’s genesis of TLC3. Nearly two dozen videos and other electronic content have been posted to McAllen ISD’s iTunes U account already, making it available to students or anyone worldwide. Teachers have also begun creating content and students have inquired about creating their own.
Once more, it puts McAllen ISD at the forefront of electronic instruction technology.
According to the iTunes U website, produced by Apple, Inc., iTunes U is an easy way to design and distribute complete courses featuring audio, video, books, and other content. And students and lifelong learners can experience courses for free through a powerful new App for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
McAllen ISD became the largest school district in the nation (by enrollment) to seek to provide electronic devices to more than 25,000 students in the district last October. The rollout of devices began in February. More than 6,000 devices have been distributed so far with the remainder on schedule for the fall of 2012.
TLC3 stands for Transforming Learning in the Classroom, Campus and Community. For more on iTunes U, go to http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/