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Florida joins iTunes U

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Apple-itouch-main_Full Can't get enough instruction in school? Florida's Department of Education now is providing content for home, too.

And we're not talking about virtual school.

The DOE has joined forces with several school districts to launch Florida iTunes U, with a variety of lessons from classrooms across Florida available for free downloading. Teachers also can use the materials, which will be reviewed against state curriculum standards before being put on the site.

So far the content is limited. Courses include the Seminoles in Florida, pre-algebra and Spanish 3. But even that is beyond what most states have -- only a handful of K-12 education departments, including Tennessee and Utah, are on iTunes, too.

The offerings are expected to grow.

“We’re happy to offer districts and educators this efficient content sharing tool and can’t wait to see the innovative materials and lessons they are able to build to enhance the education of our students,” commissioner Eric J. Smith said in a news release.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:38am]

    

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