iTunes U v3.0 Adds Support for PDF Annotation

itunes u logoiBooks may be the app that gets all of the buzz when the media talks about Apple in the classroom but as we were reminded today there's more to classwork than just textbooks.

Apple has rolled out a new update for its digital classroom app for the iPad and iPhone today which adds support for PDF annotations. Students can mark up a PDF from inside the app, and once they're done they can submit their assignment. Also, multiple attachments can now be included per assignment, making it easier for students to go paper-free.

Like Google Classroom, iTunes U is the little noticed which underpins much of Apple's iPads in the classroom strategy.  Without this app or one like it, students may be reading their digital textbooks on an iPad but still marking up papers to submit as classwork and homework.

You can find the iTunes U app in iTunes.


  • Students can hand in their homework assignments
  • Annotate PDF assignments directly in iTunes U
  • Instructors can grade and track student progress with an integrated grade book
  • Private one-on-one conversations between students and instructors
  • Include multiple attachments per assignment


About Nate Hoffelder (11463 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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