The ATA has recently become an iTunes U affiliate and a growing set of courses and collections are beginning to make their way to the site. Dozens of principals, assistant principals, and classroom teachers have already received training regarding how to create courses in iTunes U and in the creation of Multi-Touch iBooks that will be part of many courses. These colleagues are working to create a range of courses that will populate the site. The courses they design are firmly grounded in the Alberta curriculum and offer participating Alberta school leaders and teachers the opportunity to not only share their leadership stories, best practices and knowledge with colleagues in their own school districts, but with school leaders throughout Alberta, across Canada, and around the world. This session will offer a view of the many professional learning possibilities that exist through the Alberta Teachers on iTunes U affiliate site. Participants will learn how they too can create engaging interactive multi-touch iBooks and iTunes U courses and can become a course contributor for the Alberta Teachers iTunes U site.
Users install free iTunes software on their devices (PC, Mac or a wide array of portable devices) to access content by searching or browsing the iTunes store. An option exists to download the iTunes U app on your iPad that provides enhanced capabilities such as note-taking for students participating in a course. Each course is conveniently divided into: Info, Posts, Notes, and Materials sections. Interactive assignments can be made part of courses during their design or even after a course has been launched. Interactivity can be further enhanced as students/participants can share their notes with one-another.
To access the site, please visit: tinyurl.com/ATAiTunes.