Washington State on iTunes U
OLYMPIA — February 29, 2012 — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced today that students, teachers and families now have online access to a growing source of free, Washington-based educational resources.
“Washington State on iTunes U is the school that never sleeps,” Dorn said. “This is a free and open resource with podcasts and videos ideal for the teachers, students and families in our K-12 community.”
iTunes U is a site within Apple’s iTunes Store that offers free, educational content in the same, downloadable ways that people listen to music and watch videos. Washington State on iTunes U centralizes online resources into three categories — instruction, assessment and professional development.
The list of content contributors for Washington State on iTunes U is varied and expanding. Teachers, district and ESD staff and people who work with public media outlets and community-based organizations have shared video and audio content. The functionality of Washington State on iTunes U makes it easy to find, download and play content created by Washington educators for the teachers, administrators and students who work and learn in state schools.
“Schools and government agencies are looking for ways to deliver low- or no-cost access to civic and educational content,” said Superintendent Dorn. “iTunes U is one channel we can offer that organizes and presents high quality educational content at no cost to schools and the public.”
Washington State on iTunes U features a broad range of topics designed to interest the K-12 community. Collections include high-quality training videos, podcasts and screencasts created through the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Pilot. Also online is download-and-go professional development for teachers that targets the Response to Intervention system, highly-effective assessment strategies, and instructional techniques that integrate classroom technologies.
“We’re working with schools across Washington, state agencies and community-based organizations to grow a robust collection of K-12 education-related audio and video,” said Dennis Small, educational technology director for OSPI. “The online format is one with which most people are familiar, and deliverable to computers, smart phones, tablets and portable music players.”
Many schools and districts provide open or limited access to iTunes on their networks now and that list is growing. Districts that would like to take advantage of iTunes U but want to filter out specific areas of the iTunes store have several options outlined on the OSPI Web site, http://www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/itunesu/networks.aspx.
To see iTunes U content, the iTunes application must be installed on your computer. Once it is, go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/institution/state-washington-office-superintendent/id399483150. The link will launch iTunes and open to Washington State on iTunes U.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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