I stand by my earlier analysis that iBooks Author and iTunes U were the two most important parts of Apple’s recent education announcement. With iBooks Author, we now have a very simple way to make high-quality electronic texts for use in the classroom. It will be to course materials what Keynote was to presentations.
iTunes U is a massively powerful tool for running a classroom full of iOS devices. It’s extremely simple to use for teachers and the overhead of adoption is as close to zero as you can get: install iTunes U, upload some materials and post class messages and assignments as you go along.