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.com: Lessons for Professionals

From the people who bought you LinkedIn.

What We Like

  • Thousands of instructional classes to choose from.

  • Free trial month membership.

  • Personalized course recommendations.

What We Don't Like

  • You need a Lynda.com account for access to the app contents.

  • $25 per month after free trial.

The app from LinkedIn’s Lynda.com and a subscription provides access to over 4,700 courses in everything from coding and time management to 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: Access Your Enrolled Courses

Upskill your CV with online learning.

What We Like

  • Hundreds of class topics.

  • Watch videos for enrolled courses.

  • Earn official certifications.

What We Don't Like

  • Need to sign up for a Coursera account.

  • Little free content. Designed for class enrollees.

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.

What We Like

  • Entire TED Talks library free.

  • Search by topics, playlists or name.

  • Vast collection of talks from the smartest speakers around.

While TED 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).

Amphio Limited Music From TouchPress: Classical Music, Illustrated

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

What We Like

  • Unique way to experience classical music.

  • BeatMap and NoteFall provide note-by-note illustrations.

What We Don't Like

  • Relatively small collection of classical music.

The unique Amphio Limited Music from 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.

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

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

What We Like

  • Thousands of classes taught by experts.

  • Vast range of subjects, from practical to academic.

What We Don't Like

  • Most free content is sneak peeks of courses.

  • Must sign up for an account and 30-day free trial to use the site.

Skillshare is self-paced education 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.

What We Like

  • View ISS and Hubble Telescope positions in real time.

  • Study all sorts of heavenly bodies up close.

  • Absorbing and dramatic soundtrack.

What We Don't Like

  • Paid app. No free content.

  • Simulations, not photos.

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.

Craftsy: Get Creative Today

Craftsy Lessons Are Professionally Put Together.

What We Like

  • Great way to view lessons you've subscribed to.

  • Wide range of crafting, home, and health classes.

What We Don't Like

  • Must sign up for a Craftsy account to view app.

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.