Update: Apple has posted their Education Media Event stream online. The link below
At its education event in New York, Apple has just announced and released the iTunes U App for iPhone and iPad. The new app that lets teachers manage their iTunes U course and gives students access to all the course materials done by their teachers in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when the teacher sends a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information.
Apple has also announced and released iBooks Author, a new Mac app for authoring books. iBooks Author is an amazing new app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.
Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPad. All you need is an idea and a Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more. Preview your book on your iPad at any time. Then submit your finished work to the iBookstore with a few simple steps. And before you know it, you’re a published author.
Apple has also announced and released iBooks 2 update . The next evolution of eBooks for the iPad push the limits even further. The app will support textbooks developed by iBooks Author multitouch gestures to move throughout an iBook which can be full of “rich, engaging interactive experiences” — even featuring 3D models so a student can see, for example, inside a cell. In the demo iBook, switching the iPad to portrait re-orientated the content so that the student could focus on reading the text. That way, books can have two completely different experiences, simply by re-orientating the iPad.