Kentucky launches learning through iTunes

By Katheran Wasson Published:

VERSAILLES – Students, parents, teachers and community members can now access free Kentucky-specific educational materials through iTunes.

During Wednesday’s launch at Woodford County High School, state Education Commissioner Terry Holliday called the resource “mass customization of learning,” comparing it to his own Yahoo News page and Twitter feed.

“It’s no longer a cookie-cutter education,” he said. “Students can customize their learning lists like they do their music playlists.”

The iTunes U project is a partnership among the Kentucky Department of Education, the University of Kentucky and KET.

The page already offers resources for teachers and dozens of videos from KET, including full episodes of Kentucky Tonight, Comment on Kentucky and Kentucky Life. Live shows will be posted after they air.

School districts, teachers and others can upload content for the public to use, said Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Boyle County Public Schools has added a series of 10-minute workout videos to give kids a “brain break” during their lessons, and Todd County schools has uploaded audio samples of using technology in lessons.

Gross says the service is available at no cost to the state. Existing technology staffers loaded the page with content, and they will continue to monitor what others add to it.

iTunes U is a dedicated area within the iTunes Store that gives users public access to thousands of free lectures, videos, books and podcasts from learning institutions all over the world.

Content can be downloaded onto a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone or iPod.

Kentucky’s iTunes U site can be accessed online at

If using the iTunes application on a computer or other device, click iTunes U along the top of the site, choose K-12 and then Kentucky.

For the full story, see Thursday’s State Journal.


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