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San Jose Teen’s Grade Viewer App Gets Cool Reception

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Screen shot of IC Connector. (Apple)

Screen shot of IC Connector. (Apple)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A San Jose teen who developed a hot iPhone application to easily view high school grades is getting a cool reception from the company behind the student data.

While a senior at Pioneer High School, 18-year-old Daniel Brooks wrote the iPhone app because he said the school district’s version of the program was “terrible.”

“It didn’t have a way to view all your grades, right at once on one screen.”

KCBS’ Matt Bigler:

Brooks’ app has been a big hit. It’s been downloaded by more than 2,000 people.

He said his peers really like the program.

“They say ‘great job’ and ask when the Android version is coming out.”

As popular as his app is with students and some teachers, it’s not getting the same reception from the company that compiles data for San Jose Unified.

Minnesota-based Infinite Campus, the No. 2 maker nationally of K-12 school information systems, informed Brooks that the app’s name, IC Connector, was a copyright violation.

Scott Peterson, an English teacher at Pioneer High and Brooks’ mentor, said the company still hasn’t gone mobile.

“Infinite Campus is still talking about a mobile app at some point. Daniel, within about two weeks of working with the new system, had an app ready to go and shared it with others,” said Peterson.

“I’m just so impressed with his intelligence and his creativity.”

The company did offer Brooks an internship, but he refused.

Brooks already has a paid internship in Silicon Valley before he heads to school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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