7 Great Apple TV Apps for Learning

Turn On, Tune In And Learn Something New

Distance learning systems already rely heavily on video materials so creating educational apps for Apple TV makes complete sense, particularly given the connected nature of the ecosystem it’s in. Here are seven great apps for learning you should install on your Apple TV today.

Lynda -- Lessons for Professionals

From the people who bought you LinkedIn.

The latest addition to this short collection, the app from LinkedIn’s Lynda.com provides access to over 4,700 courses in everything from coding, time management, building your own app for iOS, photoshop – even a huge range of Apple-related topics. Some interesting courses you can take advantage of on Apple TV include: Online Marketing Fundamentals, Foundations of Programming: Fundamentals and Wordpress Essential Training, but there’s a huge amount more. (Free to download subscription fees apply.)

Coursera - Great Teachers For Growing Minds

Upskill your CV with online learning.

Coursera is totally committed to offering its courses through all available connected platforms and that’s why the company was among the first to take position in Apple TV. These are complete solutions, too, you can browse the organization’s wide course catalog across a broad range of topics, watch lectures, complete quizzes and assignments and earn Coursera certificates, all from your own den as and when you wish to learn. (Free, certification fees apply). 

TED Talks -- Feed Your Mind

Switch on Your Mind With TedTalks.

While TEDTalks isn’t a learning provider and doesn’t offer certification, it is surely reasonable to point out that the chance to explore the way some of the world’s smartest people think has to be a good way to pick up new insights and learn new things. That’s why TED Talk on Apple TV is so very useful, providing a hugely accessible way to find the inspiration you need today. You can cue up talks, explore playlists by title or topic and most of what’s available is available with subtitles or in multiple languages. (Free).

TouchPress -- Amazing Music

Get A Real Feel For Music With This Apple TV App.

The unique TouchPress app lets you listen to classical music performances while the music notation scrolls down the screen, including a beat map to help you identify which parts of the orchestra are playing and the unique NoteFall feature. This means you can follow the music as it plays, learning more about music notation while you do. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter and receive a fresh performance to explore each month.

Skillshare -- Share What You Know, Learn What You Don't

Sound Check: The Essentials of DIY Audio Mixing with Young Guru.

Self-paced tuition across a wide range of creative subjects, most classes can be completed in under an hour. The service describes itself as a “learning community for creators”, basically this means it encourages members to create and teach their own courses, as well as learn from other people. That’s good in terms of diversity of available content but you’ll need to head elsewhere if you want certification. Skillshare provides a one-month free trial, then charges $9.99/month.

Solar Walk 2 -- You'll Be Amazed

Explore Space From The Comfort of Your Home.

A great way to discover the solar system, Solar Walk 2 provides an interactive 3D way to explore all the planets and satellites that surround our Earth. It’s packed with graphic-rich experiences, stunning visual effects that show the impact of solar flares, planetary atmospheres and asteroid belts. You can even flip through space and time. Developers Vito Technology also develop the acclaimed Starwalk app, which is also available. $2.99, in-app purchases.

Crafts -- Get Creative Today

Craftsy Lessons Are Professionally Put Together.

Craftsy offers a huge range of classes spanning numerous craft-related topics, quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, art, photography, cooking and many more categories. Lessons are easy-to-follow, professional and can be bookmarked to help you easily get back to important tips you want to check on at a later date. You’ll also find links to purchase craft materials, along with recipe and project ideas. Free download, class prices vary

Watch This Space!

These seven Apple TV apps are just the start of it. With over $177 billion spent on employee training and many billions more on personal academic learning each year, there’s a real need for distance learning materials individuals can study at their own pace. Massive Open Online Courses will become big parts of most people’s daily lives as the need to share and acquire new skills becomes routine.