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


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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