|I recently upgraded to an IPhone and was in the process of downloading my music library from ITunes when I came across ITunesU. What caught my eye was the phrase “free education”. As all homeschooling parents will understand, I am always on the lookout for free anything, but free education sounded extra special. Well, I can say, after checking it out, that it is AWESOME!
Educational institutions, including Yale, Stanford, MIT, and Berkely,use ITunesU to distribute knowledge for public consumption. All you need is ITunes and Internet access to obtain this information. The information is available not only in lectures but slideshows, PDFs, books, films, exhibit tours, and audiobook among others. It’s a smorgasbord of categories, so anything you are interested in, you can probably find. It is chuck full of information, some really unique and interesting. For example, my son and I listened to an old black and white video of African-American Sacred Music. My son asked, “what is that static sound?” sparking a conversation about the history of recording.
Of special interest to you and I is the K-12 section that is broken down by state. The three ‘Rs’ take center stage in this area however, many other subjects such as Foreign Languages, Study Skills, and Leadership training can also be found. After just a week of using this to augment our curriculum, I am sold. So is my son. Today he watched a biological tour of the Galapagos Islands on the ITunesU site. He was mesmerized. It’s the change of pace we needed.