Juneau Announces Launch of Montana OPI on iTunes U

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
By Allyson Hagen

Juneau Announces Launch of Montana OPI on iTunes U
Professional Development and Classroom Resources Now Available as a Free Download


Helena, MT – Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced the launch of a new tool to support educators and students in Montana. Beginning today, educators and students can enjoy free content from Montana OPI on iTunes U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com).


Building on Montana’s education innovations, the Montana Office of Public Instruction on iTunes U will allow teachers, students and other interested users to learn anywhere, anytime. The free content available on iTunes U includes professional development presentations for teachers, educational videos and classroom activities. Content that meets OPI's posting criteria includes high-quality videos, audio recordings, presentations, PDF documents, and other education-related information.


"We are always looking for new and efficient ways to improve access to teacher training and share lesson plans and classroom activities," stated Superintendent Juneau.  "iTunes U is a 21st century tool for a 21st century education. As state Superintendent, I am committed to constant innovation to keep Montana classrooms at pace with today's rapidly changing technologies."


The Montana OPI on iTunes U site currently has more than 200 downloadable materials and videos.


Continued Juneau, "Changing technology has given us opportunities in the classroom we could have never imagined only a few years ago. Montana OPI on iTunes U is another way we are harnessing the power of technology to ensure that our students receive a quality education and teachers have access to quality resources to enhance their skills and knowledge."


The Montana OPI on iTunes U page has already had 59,718 visitors. One year ago, Montana OPI launched a new website and Facebook page. The OPI website averages more than 3 million visits annually.

For more information and to access Montana OPI on iTunes U, please go to: http://opi.mt.gov/Resources/iTunes/ 



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