Bearden student develops app for checking grades

Bearden student develops app for checking grades

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"It's a lot speedier to use. You don't have to get on the computer and go and log in and what not. You get on your phone and zoom in on those links," Eli Harris said. "It's a lot speedier to use. You don't have to get on the computer and go and log in and what not. You get on your phone and zoom in on those links," Eli Harris said.
The smartphone app is called SchoolGrades. The smartphone app is called SchoolGrades.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Bearden High School sophomore may be well on his way to becoming the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. He developed an app for students to check their grades on their smartphones and he's already had more than 2,500 downloads.

Walking through the school library, Eli Harris looks like any other student. But he doesn't sound like one. "It's a language called Objective-C," he explained. "You just get these tools called Xcode."

Harris, who started reading about computer programming in middle school, has developed his own smartphone app called SchoolGrades. 

"Originally it was just your grades for your class, nothing specific. And then people really wanted to be able to see specific grades for their tests, homework, quizzes, so I added that functionality into it," he said.

All that information is available online through the school system. The app just makes it easier to access on your phone.

"It's a lot speedier to use. You don't have to get on the computer and go and log in and what not. You get on your phone and zoom in on those links," Harris said.

The Android app is free. The Apple app costs .99 cents. Harris gets 70 cents for each download and he's already sold more than 2,000. In case you can't do the math, that's $1,400.

Right now, the app works for all Knox County Schools, but he wants to take it nationwide. "If I could it expand it really big, it could be potentially a lot of money," Harris said.

He's updating the app so parents will be able to use it, too. His father is new Knox County School Board member Doug Harris.

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