Bob Jones Student Develops iPad App For Madison City Schools
MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison City Schools now has an iPad app that places a wealth of district information at parents’ fingertips and allows students and teachers access to their personal files in the classroom.
The app was designed by a Madison City Schools student. Charles Boyd, a junior at Bob Jones High School, says he noticed after more iPads were introduced into classrooms last year, the devices were not adapted toward the needs of individual students.
“So I set out to develop an app that would allow students to access their individual files and their individual information and grades.”
Boyd pitched the idea to the school system administration last fall and was given the go-ahead to design and develop the app.
“I spent maybe six months developing the idea and submitted a beta version of the app to The Alabama Council for Technology & Education Fair down in Montgomery and won first place,” Boyd explains.
Boyd’s program is available now in the Apple App Store by searching “Madison City Schools,” by clicking the “iPad App” link on the district’s website (www.madisoncity.k12.al.us) , or by visiting appstore.com/madisoncityschools.
The app provides quick access to a variety of information including:
- Grades and attendance records
- Lunch menus
- Calendar and upcoming events
- Library catalogs
- Teacher and staff listings at each school
- Individual school information (school contact, daily schedule, etc.)
- Zoning information (maps, bus routes, and an address lookup that tells what school zone an address is located in)
- School system contact information
- School board policies
The app also enables students, teachers and staff to download and upload files to their personal school drives, allowing work saved on school computers to be edited on iPad. Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler said the app is user-friendly and was, fittingly, designed by a Madison student. “Providing information about our dynamic school district is vital and we’re excited to be able to offer this to our community,” Fowler said.
For Boyd, an iOS and web developer, app design is nothing new. He designed an app for First Baptist Church in Huntsville and also entered a beta version of the Madison City Schools iPad app in the Alabama Council for Technology in Education Fair in Montgomery in 2012 and won first place. His extra curricular activities at BJHS include FIRST Robotics, Computer Science Team and CyberPatriot National Cyber Security Competition where he serves as team captain. Boyd plans to pursue a degree in an engineering field after high school.
Boyd said he also designed the app with parents, teachers and other users in mind. “Developing the Madison City Schools app has been exciting and rewarding,” Boyd said. “I have gained valuable experience not only in coding and graphic design, but also in communication and collaboration. I know the app will have a valuable impact in Madison City Schools because it provides quick and simple access to many of the resources students use everyday. It will also enhance the use of the iPad in the classroom because students can now save their work to be accessed with any computer or iPad at the school or at home.”
After high school Boyd says he plans to pursue a career in engineering and software development.