Online Learning Registry: Digital Resources for All

This summer, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced that the federal government would be creating an Online Learning Registry to house digital education resources from around the country.  That’s good news.  But it’s nothing new.  Apple created a K-12 iTunes U destination in 2008 to accomplish the same thing.  State educational agencies in Arizona, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have all contributed along with several museums and other educational organizations.  Content includes free lectures, lab demos, and even campus tour videos.

More recently, Texas has announced the creation of a Texas Education iTunes U platform that offers free downloads of professional development materials.

Apple has long been considered a thought leader in applying technology in the service of education.  It’s good to see the Feds take note; and we applaud Secretary Duncan for his vision.  Be sure to check it out.  You may even want to contribute something of your own.

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