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An app a day keeps the bad grades away

Teachers at Boyne City schools are using technology through Apple to build course apps for their students to use on their iPads.


T

eachers at
Boyne City schools are taking iPad learning to the next level by creating their own course apps.


Rebecca Wildman's fourth grade english class is learning through a special poetry course on their iPad. Wildman developed this app and eight others since the beginning of the year.


E

ach course has power



points

,

books

,

and videos where the teachers explain the course



work.


"

You're right the

re

teaching with the students

,

if you
they can't get something they can rewind the video until they understand it," Wildman explained.


B

oyne
City teachers have created over 50 courses this school year for a variety of classes ranging from biology to woodworking.


S

ome of the courses are being downloaded by other teachers around the country

.



W

ildman's most popular course has been downloaded more than 8

,000 times

.


B

oyne
City school district put an iPad into every students hands this fall thanks to bond money. This technology shift is saving big bucks for the district.


E

lementary school
Principal Fred Sitkins says this year alone his school has saved $12,000.


"

Most of the work
is now being done electronically so we don't have to print off resources and we are already recognizing some of those savings," Sitkins said.


W

ildman says the student engagement
has gone up since introducing her course apps. She says students are getting better grades and are more frequently turning in homework.

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