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Innovation Academy students, staff embrace iBooks

September 28th, 2013 7:24 pm by Rick Wagner

Innovation Academy students, staff embrace iBooks

IA and iBooks go together.

Teachers and students of Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, known as IA, are writing and using iBooks instead of textbooks.

Troy Petrie, seventh-grade social studies teacher, and Felicia Kellner, sixth-grade English/language arts teacher, recently explained to the IA governing board how iBooks are used at IA, a grades 6-8 joint science, technology, engineering and math program of the Kingsport and Sullivan County school systems.

Petrie said that teachers at IA created curriculum and complied resources, including text, videos and classroom activities, for each STEM curricular unit in an iBook format.

All the information, not just the text, is embedded in the iBook. Some are already available at the school website,

“It allows us to personalize the content we’re giving the students,” Petrie said.

Once compiled, the iBooks are published to iTunes U to be shared worldwide.

The works are created in iBook Author used “drag and drop” and a template, Petrie said.

In addition to presenting information from the creator, the iBooks also have space to make notes and organize them.

Read more in Sunday’s print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.

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