Hands-On Learning for Idaho Students

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August 23, 2021

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Hands on? Check. Challenge-based? Check. Career skill development through creative activities? Check! Idaho Digital Learning Alliance, in a unique partnership called OnRamp with Apple, Boise State University, and College of Western Idaho is bringing exciting opportunities to Idaho students in coding, app design, and creative communication. These opportunities are currently available through two classes: 

  • App Development with Swift (Includes Dual Credit with College of Western Idaho)
  • Everyone Can Create with iPads (Humanities credit for Middle School students)

To maximize student success, enrollment includes a device loan of either a MacBook (for App Development with Swift) or an iPad (for Everyone Can Create) for those in need. Through interactive, challenge-based lessons, students will master the ability to utilize this technology to its fullest potential. The classes are designed to quickly advance students beyond “clicking in the right order” and take them to the level where the devices are workable tools they can use in meaningful ways. 

In Dual Credit App Development with Swift, students will examine how to design, prototype, and architect an app of their own to solve a problem in their community and beyond. Swift is an intuitive coding language used for iOS devices that is easy to learn and implement, giving the students the freedom to focus on creating. 

In Everyone Can Create with iPads, students will build a toolkit to share ideas through drawing, photography, video, and music using an iPad. With this knowledge, students will be able to express themselves with greater depth and richness, enhancing their engagement in all their classes! Everyone Can Create can be offered as an individual class, or your school can sign up for a cart of iPads to create a cohort of learners at their location. 

You can find more information about each course in our Course Catalog or the Course Flyer. To register for the course, please contact the Site Coordinator at your local school. You can also contact IDLA directly at (208) 342-0207.

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