Florida on iTunes U—Frequently Asked Questions

What is iTunes U?
iTunes U harnesses the power of the iTunes platform to grant universal access to free educational media. Universities, museums, libraries, and K-12 schools, districts, and state departments of education are a part of this project. iTunes U doesn't just stand for University.

Who can access Florida on iTunes U?
Anyone can access the media files on the site; it is free and open to the public. Florida is concentrating on providing professional development resources for teachers and communicating FLDOE information to stakeholders across the state.

Do I have to have an iPod to watch the podcasts?
No, you just have to have a computer with an Internet connection. Both PCs and Macs can download the free iTunes software and access Florida on iTunes U.

How do I know if I have iTunes installed?
To find out if you have iTunes installed on a Windows PC, click on the Start button, go to All Programs, and look for a folder called iTunes. If you see it, you have iTunes; otherwise, you can download it here: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. All Mac OS X computers come with iTunes. It is located in Applications folder and is available from the default Dock configuration.

How do I find the Florida on iTunes U site?
You can visit our launch page at floridaitunesu.org. This page will take you directly to the Florida on iTunes U site. You can also visit Florida on iTunes U through the iTunes U section of the iTunes Store. Look under K-12 for the Florida Department of Education.

Is there a way to turn off access to the iTunes store for students?
Yes. Through the new parental controls, districts and parents can "turn off" access to the Store and grant access to iTunes U only.

What kind of content can I find on the site?
Video, audio and PDF files are loaded into the iTunes U site. You'll find music, movies, and supporting documents such as presentations and research reports. The following file formats are supported: MP3, M4A, MP4, M4V, MOV, and PDF.

Will visiting iTunes U charge my Apple iTunes account?
No, the content in iTunes U is totally free of charge.

How can I submit content for Florida on iTunes U?
Teachers and students can work through their school district to submit their work to the statewide site. Contact Jenny Black, 850-245-9470 or jenny.black@fldoe.org for more information.

How is accessibility addressed on the site?
Where possible, transcripts and closed captioning is available for video and audio files. For more information on Apple's accessibility features for iTunes, see http://www.apple.com/accessibility/itunes/vision.html and see the following iTunes U course for information on how to make content accessible WGBH/NCAM.

Does iTunes U use Digital Rights Management (DRM)?
No, currently DRM isn't supported with iTunes U.

Can I play the files on something other than an iPod?
Yes. Although you will need iTunes in order to access the Florida on iTunes U site, you can copy the files you choose to download to any player that can play .mp4 AAC (MPEG4) content. You can also right click (control + click on a Mac) on an audio track in iTunes and choose "Convert Selection to MP3" from the menu and then copy that file to any MP3 player. You may also burn any content in iTunes to a CD, including anything you downloaded from Florida on iTunes U.

What is a podcast?
A podcast is a series of digital audio or video files that are distributed over the Internet through a syndicated download, usually via an RSS Feed. Though the same audio and video content may also be made available by direct download or streaming, a podcast is different from other digital-media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added.

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