Inspired by a few Tweets and a presentation by Jarrod Robinson @pegeek at the recent ICTEV conference, I thought I would give App Creation a go. Using ibuildapp.com, it was relatively simple to get to this point. Our intention is to give our parents a window in to the school using the technology many carry in their pockets. The first one is Web App, the second an iPhone/Android. This is definitely just ‘sandbox’ time, lots of rough edges and not a lot of content, but shows what you can do with a great site and few hours of play.
Playing around with these things is fun, but I can’t help thinking about the practicalities. There is nothing worse than cyber-junk: sites that are not up to date. If schools are going to create apps – the logical consequence is that they have to be updated, kept alive – this responsibility will need to be managed. I like the idea, and obviously the tech side is not insurmountable but we need to plan how they will work before launching them into the wide blue yonder. We need to define our audience, our purpose and the determine how to administer it.
Communicating with our communities is an important function and this tool seems to have potential. I’ll keep playing.
Anyone else been down this path? What do you use your school app for? Used this App builder ? Used a better one?