iTunes is a powerful application that serves as a reservoir of educational content for theclassroom. It gives students and teachers an easy, intuitive way to browse, search, and organize their audio and video content and because it includes the iTunes Store, theworld’s largest download store, it’s a great place to find educational content that can bedownloaded to a computer or mobile learning device, such as iPod. iTunes, free for bothMac and PC, makes growing your educational content fast and easy.

Using audio is a compelling way to reinforce text and visuals to cement learning. For
example, audiobooks can assist English language learners with models of spoken
language, and songs from an earlier time period can enhance the study of history.

Before we begin, let's take a quick tour of the main iTunes window.

The first place we need to look is the far left side of the window. There you will find your library.

Next, Let's take a peak at what the iTunes store can offer teachers and students.

iTunes U is one of the largest and fastest-growing sources of free educational content, with more than 150,000 lectures, presentations, videos, readings, and podcasts from all over the world. It’s the easiest way to put information into the hands of students. Students go to iTunes — which they do all the time anyway — select iTunes U, find the courses and podcasts they want, and download them to their Mac computers or PCs . Click here for more.

Podcasts are handy ways to get information - captured on your computer or media player, they are available to you when and where you want to listen.

Classroom Podcasts: Creating a podcast in the classroom can be a great way to incorporate writing across the curriculum. Narratives like personal stories, drama, history, and music all lend themselves well to audio presentations. Plus, students can be more motivated to create a podcast that could be heard across the world, rather than just within the classroom.

Hands on Assignment: Importing music from a CD
  1. Import tracks from an audio CD
  2. Create a play list
  3. Search for, change the order of, and delete tracks from a play list

Hands on Assignment: Searching for Podcasts
  1. Open the iTunes store
  2. Type in your subject in the search bar found at the upper left of the screen
  3. Click "Get Episode" to add to your library.
  4. Create a "Play List" for the subject you choose.

How will you use iTunes in your classroom?