EJucomm, Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar’s small technology startup, began as a bare bone mobile application, or app, for De Leon Middle School parents and students to quickly check homework assignments, view school calendars and email campus administrators on their smartphones. Released last March, the innovation will soon hit every McAllen school campus, as the district delivers iPads and iPods to all students and teachers. (Source: The Monitor)
Software architect Matt Gerde, whose wife Deanna is an assistant principal at The Colony High School, designed a new iPhone application specifically for The Colony school feeder system. (Source: Star Local News)
It’s not hard to imagine that other school districts will be following suit. Indeed, one school district recently appealed for help via a Texas Technology Coordinators listserv:
We are researching creating our own school app for Apple devices. If your district has already been through this process, please email me details. What is it named and what content is included. Thanks for any help.
Some districts are partnering with companies to get their apps built, such as one that partnered with WorldLink Apps to build their app:
Mobile device applications are taking the mobile market by storm. The incredible success of the mobile app market is evidenced by the Apple App Store with over 1.5 billion app downloads in its first year alone. Mobile applications are now available across multiple app stores for all smartphones and Java-enabled phones.
Here at WorldLink, we build apps that make a difference for the individual user or the corporate team member in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Frisco areas, as well as nationwide. Our apps provide valuable and meaningful services to the mobile user of today in categories such as reference, enterprise software, lifestyle, healthcare, government, entertainment, social networks, travel, sports and others. Take a look at our current applications on the market and let us know if our Dallas mobile application development services can help make your vision a reality.
And, garnered responses–which I’ve added to–like the following which may be helpful to others embarking in the pursuit of app creation:
MIT’s (formerly Google’s) Android App Inventor – App Inventor lets you develop applications for Android phones using a web browser and either a connected phone or emulator. The App Inventor servers store your work and help you keep track of your projects.
Android Developer’s Guide – The Dev Guide provides a practical introduction to developing applications for Android and documentation about major platform features. It explores the concepts behind Android, the framework for constructing an application, and the tools for developing, testing, and publishing software for the platform.
For Apple iOS devices, consider iWebKit: a free framework designed for the creation of iPhone and iPod touch compatible websites or webapps. The kit is accessible to anyone and HTML experience is not essential. It is simple to understand thanks to the included User Guide and help on the forum. In a couple of minutes you will be able to create a full and profesional looking website.
Stanford University’s Developing Mobile Apps with Web Technologies – Students have the unique opportunity to attain the technical knowledge needed to create their own apps, get insider information about the application submission process at companies like Apple and Palm, and network with various members of Palm’s executive team. The goal of the course is to give students the tools they need to become successful mobile application developer, from rigorous technical experience to valuable personal connections. Prerequisites: CS106B or X highly recommended.
For example, here are a few more I didn’t know about…I just don’t know how “good” they are:
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